We are already making smart development investments in Pakistan in energy and agriculture, but until we make credible game-changing investments in basic education, we can expect those gains to be unsustainable in the long-term.
The availability of high-quality postsecondary education is significant beyond the personal benefit of a college degree: the problem-solving capacity of a modern college or university and its graduates is enormous.
According to Dr. Rajiv Shah, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, budget cuts proposed by the House would "lead to 70,000 kids dying" by scaling back on things like malaria and immunization programs.
Ronald E. Neumann, former ambassador to Afghanistan, delivered a refreshing allocution on Wednesday denouncing the progressive militarization of U.S. foreign policy and underlining the perils it has wrought.
Like Egypt, Pakistan is an important strategic partner whose stability matters even more for U.S. national security interests, in neighboring Afghanistan as well as in U.S. efforts to confront al-Qaeda. But U.S.-Pakistan relations have been strained.
At Davos last week, I left discussions feeling inspiring by aid again. While our problems are huge, and I honestly think the world is in the most precarious position of my lifetime, I felt that at least this area was in good hands.
This week, Garzón meets with Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and many members of Congress. Let's hope that our policymakers strategically press for real, sustained improvements in human rights.
Even as few doubt the outcome of South Sudan's referendum, the population has projected a profound collective dignity, reflecting an awareness of the enormity of the step just taken and the challenges that lie ahead.