SOURCE: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

May 25, 2010 08:00 ET

Summit on Stimulating Economic Growth in Conflict Zones and Disaster Areas Begins Today

Military, Foreign Policy Leaders and Economists Convene to Discuss New Model of 'Expeditionary Economics' for Rebuilding Conflict Zones

KANSAS CITY, MO--(Marketwire - May 25, 2010) -  The nation's foremost experts on entrepreneurship, post-conflict economic development, armed conflict and disaster relief will convene today to discuss ways to achieve sustainable economic development in post-conflict and post-catastrophe areas. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Command and General Staff College Foundation (CGSC Foundation) are hosting a Summit on Entrepreneurship and Expeditionary Economics from Tuesday, May 25 to Thursday, May 27, 2010 at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center in Kansas City, Mo.

"In bringing military leaders, foreign policy experts, historians and world-class economists together, we hope to determine how to create the conditions most conducive to long-term economic growth during and after conflicts and natural catastrophes," said Carl Schramm, president and CEO, Kauffman Foundation. "Among the key hypotheses to be explored this week is the idea that economic growth is the key to sustained peace and stability and, in turn, that the formation of high-growth firms and a spirit of entrepreneurship are essential to building expanding economies."

Senior military and civilian policymakers and academics will discuss how economic development doctrine can be translated into concrete action in war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan and disaster-stricken countries such as Haiti.

The conference will explore themes outlined in Schramm's article in the May/June issue of Foreign Affairs, "Expeditionary Economics: Spurring Growth After Conflicts and Disasters."

The conference will feature keynote addresses by Schramm, Harvard University Professor Niall Ferguson and Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass. There will be panel discussions on post-conflict planning and execution in past, current and future wars, and panelists will include the following participants:

  • Gen. William E. "Kip" Ward, commander, U.S. Africa Command
  • Carl Schramm, president and CEO, Kauffman Foundation
  • Col. (Ret.) Robert Ulin, CEO, Command and General Staff College Foundation, Inc.
  • Robert Litan, vice president of Research and Policy, Kauffman Foundation
  • Richard Haass, president, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Niall Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch professor of History, Harvard University
  • James Willbanks, director, Department of Military History, Command and General Staff College
  • Leif Rosenberger, economic advisor, U.S. Central Command
  • Clare Lockhart, director, Institute for State Effectiveness
  • Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Jr., commanding general, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center
  • Ginger Cruz, deputy inspector general, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction
  • Glenn Hubbard, dean, Columbia Business School

"The long term success of military engagements depends largely on the creation of a thriving economic base," said Col. (Ret.) Robert Ulin, CEO, CGSC Foundation. "We're talking about encouraging local entrepreneurs and staffing development projects with local labor instead of western contractors -- a smarter 'messy' capitalism approach instead of the centrally planned, heavily managed model."

Further information about the conference is available at

About the Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that works to harness the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to grow economies and improve human welfare. Through its research and other initiatives, the Kauffman Foundation aims to open young people's eyes to the possibility of entrepreneurship, promote entrepreneurship education, raise awareness of entrepreneurship-friendly policies and find alternative pathways for the commercialization of new knowledge and technologies. It also works to prepare students to be innovators, entrepreneurs and skilled workers in the 21st century economy through initiatives designed to improve learning in math, engineering, science and technology. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo., and has approximately $2 billion in assets. More information, visit, and follow the Foundation on

About the Command and General Staff College Foundation, Inc.
The Command and General Staff College Foundation, Inc. was established on December 28, 2005 as a tax-exempt, non-profit educational foundation that provides resources and support to the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) in the development of tomorrow's military leaders. The CGSC Foundation helps to advance the profession of military art and science by promoting the welfare and enhancing the prestigious educational programs of the CGSC. The CGSC Foundation supports the College's many areas of focus by providing financial and research support for symposia, conferences and lectures, as well as funding and organizing community outreach activities that help connect the American public to their Army. To learn more about the CGSC Foundation and its mission to support the education of leaders for the 21st Century, visit

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