The Government of Pakistan has started to take a much tougher stance towards some of the international non-governmental organizations and their staff, thus seriously undermining their ability to reach out to the most vulnerable in a timely manner.
Washington and Islamabad have each staked out such narrow positions and clung to them so stubbornly that neither can regard the Afridi affair with the wider lens it requires. The strange story of Dr. Afridi is a sad commentary on the troubled bilateral relationship.
Aid is having a huge impact in poor countries, and it's an impact that will build on itself for generations. Bill and I often think if everybody could see the living proof of progress that is being made, they would be as optimistic as we are.
Many of the colonized people in the world share a belief: that when our colonizers leave, they intentionally leave behind a chaotic situation destined for more conflict, thereby ensuring post-colonial strife.
As I prepare to return to Afghanistan next month in the wake of such devastating headlines of attacks on aid workers, I am compelled to examine the question family, friends and supporters ask me everyday here at home. "Why?"