Murad Ali, Glenn Banks and Nigel Parsons

Dr. Murad Ali is Assistant Professor, University of Malakand (Pakistan), currently, Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at German Development Institute, Bonn, Germany.

Dr. Glenn Banks is Associate Professor at Massey University, New Zealand.

Dr. Nigel Parsons is Senior Lecturer at Massey University, New Zealand.

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Keywords: War on terror, US, Pakistan, aid, projects, foreign policy goals, drone attacks, coerce, largest donor, USAID, development


Approximately the course of their cooperation during the ‘war on terror,’ the United States has given Pakistan over $11 billion in aid. Tough bilateral concerns relating to the ‘war on terror,’ such as uninterrupted drone operations inside Pakistani territory and the overt use of foreign aid as a political tool to pressure Pakistan, have largely eclipsed the developmental relevance of US aid.This article makes an effort to shed light on the work that USAID has done across a variety of fields in Pakistan, and how much the assistance from the United States has meant in helping the victims recover and go on with their lives. Taking into account its political role in relation to its developmental role, the paper argues that the United States has failed to win over the hearts and minds of ordinary Pakistanis despite its generous aid programme because of its overall foreign policy towards Pakistan and its role in the larger Muslim world, particularly in the Middle East.

First Published

September 25, 2016

How to Cite

Murad Ali, Glenn Banks and Nigel Parsons, “Generous yet Unpopular: Developmental Versus Political Role of Post-9/11 US Aid in Pakistan,” Regional Studies 34, no.4 (Autumn 2016): 44-65,


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