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The past two decades have witnessed the emergence of economic prosperity in nations long plagued with poverty and suffering, from China to India to newly emerging economic success stories such as Vietnam. In spite of billions of dollars in military expenditures and foreign aid, the Middle East and Central Asia remain mired in economic hardship. Youthful restive populations from North Africa to Pakistan are served daily images of prosperity in surrounding regions, while they face lives of little opportunity in an interconnected world.
Paul Brinkley, drawing upon his five years of experience at the Department of Defense leading a team of hundreds of American business leaders, technologists, agricultural experts, and geologists in conflict zones throughout the region, defines a new approach to foreign assistance. Leveraging our private sector to accelerate economic development in troubled regions, Brinkley demonstrated success in areas written off by the civilian bureaucracy as hopeless. In his new book, War Front to Store Front, Brinkley advocates a revolution in American foreign aid - offering hope for a brighter future to disaffected masses in the Islamic world, rebuilding trust in American goodwill, and creating economic ties and jobs here at home.
Working in both the Bush and Obama administrations, Brinkley outlines in “War Front to Store Front” the necessary U.S. foreign policy changes that need to be made to rebuild nations under fire:
• Insights into the inner workings of American government and its largest bureaucracy-the U.S. Department of Defense
• The group of business leaders who sought to change how the Pentagon did business, and who wound up in a war zone, including their firsthand experience of a terrorist attack
• A comprehensive plan for connecting Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan to the global economy, creating opportunity and reducing anti-Americanism
• The roadmap to an American business model for foreign development that can improve the lives of war-ravaged citizens, at far less cost than existing military and foreign aid programs
• Analysis of the lessons learned in the Middle East and ongoing U.S. efforts to translate them to other nations, including Rwanda and Sudan
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