As the Zambian economist Dambisa Moyo argues, the concept of foreign aid is ﬂawed -- not just because corrupt dictators divert aid for nefarious or selﬁsh purposes but also because even in reasonably democratic countries, aid creates perverse incentives and unintended consequences.
Speaker: Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY) Presider: M. Peter McPherson
Listen to Representative Nita Lowey, chair, subcommittee on state, foreign operations, and related programs, House committee on appropriations (D-NY), discuss her views on the U.S. national security apparatus and the balance between civilian and military resources.
Speakers: R. Glenn Hubbard and Lars H. Thunell Presider: Roger Leeds
The private sector is recognized as the engine of economic growth, and growth is recognized as a key condition for poverty alleviation. But effectively promoting private investment in the developing world has proven to be a major challenge for those in the field. R. Glenn Hubbard and Lars H. Thunell discuss the relationship between foreign aid and local business in the developing world.
Amid the latest spate of attacks in Pakistan, furor over a U.S. aid package shows continuing distrust between Washington and Islamabad. CFR's Daniel Markey and Lisa Curtis of the Heritage Foundation say Pakistan poses a difficult challenge.
Princeton N. Lyman interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's seven-nation trip to Africa will highlight U.S. security concerns from Somalia to Nigeria and expand on efforts to engage leading African states on governance and trade issues.
Washington is focusing new military aid to Pakistan on strengthening counterinsurgency capabilities. But distrust between the two countries and Islamabad's continued focus on an Indian threat pose challenges, say experts.
Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid argues that the speed and condition by which the United States provides emergency aid to Pakistan will affect how successful the Pakistanis are in combatting the Taliban encroachment.
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