Summit & Site Explore 'Expeditionary Economics'
Rather than repeat futile efforts of pouring money and military force into these devastated economies, the concept of entrepreneurship driving economic growth and stability in war-torn and otherwise distressed nations is one that has been the subject of much discussion lately. A recent Foreign Affairs article
by the Kauffman Foundation's Carl Schramm argues that Washington's typical paternalistic approach is flawed and that instead it should emphasize "a US-style entrepreneurship along with a U.S. military effort" to catalyze new wealth, new jobs, and, ultimately, a reformed economy focused on growth and social stability.
Expeditionary economics, as well as insights from some of the foremost thinkers in military history, foreign policy, and economic growth were discussed at the Summit on Entrepreneurship and Expeditionary Economics on May 25 – 27, 2010, co-hosted by the Kauffman Foundation and the Command and General Staff College Foundation. Summit dialogue ranged from an historical overview of post-conflict economic engagement from the Marshall Plan through more recent conflict the Balkans to a frank assessment of the ongoing development efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan and the lessons they imparted.
Overviews of the discussion can be accessed here: