There are no easy answers to some problems. Such as failed and quasi-failed states around the world. But one thing that we know is that foreign meddling–almost always advanced by bombarding corrupt governments with bundles of taxpayer dollars in the name of aid–rarely has long-term positive results.
Pakistan is a case in point. I make the case in a piece published in the Korea Times that it’s time for Washington to stop attempting to micromanage that country. Our best hope for a positive influence is through private aid and development groups that act independently of the U.S. and Pakistani governments.