Peace Corps Follies
THE SOURCE: “Grow Up: How to Fix the Peace Corps” by Robert L. Strauss, in The American Interest, Jan.–Feb. 2010.
On the eve of its 50th
birthday, the Peace Corps finds itself in remarkably bad shape. Born of lofty Kennedy-era ideals, it has never come close to its founders’ vision: an army of young volunteers who would ease the pain left by colonialism and bring new nations into the Western fold. Instead, the corps is a mess, sending “the wrong people to the wrong countries to do jobs that are ill defined and under supported,” contends Robert L. Strauss, a former Peace Corps country director for Cameroon.
The corps has lucked out in one regard:...