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WashPost: Pakistan's Critical Hour

Author: Ahmed Rashid

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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The Curse of Aid

Authors: Simeon Djankov, Jose G. Montalvo, and Marta Reynal-Querol

Using panel data for 108 recipient countries in the period 1960 to 1999, this paper argues that foreign aid has a negative impact on institutions.

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PINR: Afghanistan's Role in Iranian Foreign Policy

In this report the Power and Interest News Report website traces the increasing role Iran has been playing in Afghanistan since 2001. It argues that Afghanistan and its ethnic and religious mosaic is a "paradigmatic case" of the importance that trans-state identities play in the geopolitical configuration of the Greater Middle East. It points out that Iran has been the traditional backer of Afghanistan's Shi'a, such as the Hazaras, the Qizilbashs and the Farsiwans, and that this involvement on the part of Iran is only likely to increase.

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Hudson Institute: Index of Global Philanthropy

The Hudson Institute released its Index of Global Philanthropy.  The second edition of the Index also includes new data and trends in European private giving. While giving data are nowhere near as fully studied as those in the U.S., there is growing interest in measuring Europe's philanthropic flows more carefully. The 2007 Index also presents comparative private giving, remittances data, and government aid for the 22 donor countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. 

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Boston Review: Making AId Work

Author: Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee

Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee argues that filling out aid forms and geographically coordinating where aid goes could improve the efficiency and efficacy of aid. Banerjee's primary example is the earthquake in Pakistan where some villages ended up with many trunks of aid from different donors whiles others were left waiting for their first consignment. Economists argue that coordination is urgent and not very difficult.

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Center for Strategic and International Studies: "Review of U.S. Assistance Programs to Egypt"

Text of the statement before the House International Relations Committee, Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia by Jon B. Alterman (Director, Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies) arguing that US aid to Egypt remains a valuable part of US policy in the Middle East despite dissatisfaction on both sides.

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