Skip to comments.Sixty years of US aid to Pakistan: Get the data
Posted on 07/11/2011 4:56:52 PM PDT by James C. Bennett
As the US announces it is to withhold military aid to Pakistan, find out how much money America has given to the country since 1948.
The dataset comes from Wren Elhai, at the Washington-based Center for Global Development (CGD), who in May published a report along with Nancy Birdsall and Molly Kinder analysing the long-term impact of US aid to Pakistan. The numbers - which come from the US Overseas Grants and Loans database and the Congressional Research Service - have been adjusted for inflation and are presented in terms of the value of the US$ in 2009.
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• US economic assistance to Pakistan peaked in 1962, at over $2.3bn
• in 2010, military assistance to Pakistan totalled $2.5bn - including $1.2bn in coalition support funds
• US assistance to Pakistan reached its lowest level in the 1990s, after President George H.W. Bush suspended aid flows over Pakistan's emerging nuclear programme
• US military assistance dropped dramatically during and immediately after the Indo-Pakistani wars of 1965 and 1971
• in the 1970s, President Carter suspended all aid to Pakistan (except food aid) in response to Pakistan's decision to construct a uranium enrichment facility
• although US assistance (both economic and military) to Pakistan has fluctuated considerably over the last 60 years, it has risen steadily since 2001
Pakistan has historically been among the top recipients of US aid - since 1948, the US has sent more than £30bn in direct aid to the country. Nearly half of this has been for military assistance. However, since Osama bin Laden was discovered and killed in Abbottabad earlier this year, US president Barack Obama has come under increasing pressure to justify US aid spending in the country.
Although military assistance is currently the only form of US aid to Pakistan to be withheld, Congress has considered other - as yet unsuccessful - bills to also block US economic assistance, and civilian aid to Pakistan will no doubt be up for debate again next year, as the 2012 budget battles get underway.
What can you do with the data?
Pakistan has historically been among the top recipients of US aid - since 1948, the US has sent more than £30bn in direct aid to the country.
30 billion UK pounds is approx. 50 billion US dollars.
This is where budget cuts should begin. I believe America is suffering from overstretch. Stick with a few but true allies, and let the rest blackmail somebody else.
The reader may recall that foreign aid is the best scheme ever developed to remove the money from the pocket of the working man of one country and to put it into the pocket of a rich man in another.
Thanks very much for posting. Very interesting.
DEFUND! It’s a country. It’s 2011. Let it live or die on it own. WAKE UP!
$30 Billion from US.... and Pakistan is still a failed state.
As in, £30 billion. Which is approx. $50 billion.