Edward Walker '62, former ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and Egypt and currently president of the Middle East Institute, wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times (3/21/02) about the need for other countries to reform before getting aid from the U.S.
In "Make Countries Reform to Get U.S. Aid," Walker writes "Aid is far too valuable both in dollar terms and as an incentive for change to waste it indiscriminately. There is a long, sad history of aid dollars going into the wrong pockets. That is bad enough, but the effects are worse. Unconditioned assistance too often rewards corruption and bad economics, and these lead to economic deterioration rather than growth."