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A breakdown of US government aid to Pakistan

Might be interesting to merge this graph with a similar graphics tracking Pakistan's stability, governance and/or level of social antipathy toward the US government to see if this kind of aid helps or hurts.

Regular readers of Humanosphere know that we like to point out the euphemistic and misleading conflation of describing the delivery of weaponry to other nations as ‘foreign aid.’ It’s a bit like screaming into the wind since it’s established practice in American political parlance to refer to delivering bombs and tanks as aid. Other nations like Britain have attempted to legally distinguish between aid that is aimed at reducing poverty and human suffering from military assistance.

Pakistan is one of the top recipients of aid from the United States, most of it military these days. Twas not always thus, as described in this excellent report Aid to Pakistan by the Numbers from the Center for Global Development.

As the graph below from the report indicates, we used to emphasize non-military aid in our attempt to help Pakistan but now the vast bulk of ‘aid’ is military. Might be interesting to merge this graph with similar graphics tracking Pakistan’s stability, governance and/or level of social antipathy toward the US government to see if this kind of aid helps or hurts.

CGD Pakistan Aid
Center for Global Development
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Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at]humanosphere.org or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.