PAST EVENT:  Entrepreneurship and National Security

PAST EVENT: Entrepreneurship and National Security

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See ASP’s fact sheet on Expeditionary Economics


The American Security Project (ASP) will host a lunchtime roundtable discussion on entrepreneurship and national security at 12:30 PM, Thursday, February 16.

Main speakers will include:

Philip Auerswald

 Senior Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation and associate professor at the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. He is the author of several books, most recently The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Global Economy, out next month;

Nathan Hodge

Author of Armed Humanitarians: The Rise of the Nation Builders and a DC-based writer who specializes in defense and national security; and

Peter Choharis

International lawyer and investor, and an adjunct fellow at ASP. He is the founder of Choharis Global Solutions—affiliated law and consulting firms that assist U.S. and foreign companies and governments on investment, dispute resolution, and compliance issues.

Ashley Chandler

Senior manager of the Global Ambassador’s Program at Vital Voices, where she focuses on mobilizing women business leaders around the world. Previously, she was a fellow for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, focused on development finance and entrepreneurship.

moderated by:

Joshua Foust

Fellow at ASP who researches the role of market-oriented development strategies in post-conflict environments, and the use of market forces as a strategic foreign policy planning. He is also a columnist for PBS and The Atlantic Monthly.


The current system of aid and economic development is broken. Not just in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but around the world, the U.S. has proven incapable of reliably developing the economies of post-conflict societies – wasting billions of dollars and thousands of lives in the process.

ASP has been a leader in discussing the national security implications of supporting entrepreneurship in asymmetric operations. Last year, we published “Expeditionary Economics: A New Approach to Foreign Aid,” as a benchmark for thinking about new ways to strategically support the development of business communities to support national security.

There is a widespread recognition that something must change in the way America relates to failed states. Learning how to support struggling economies, instead of pouring money into massive reconstruction projects, is possibly a way of achieving effectiveness in an austere budget environment.

We hope you can join us.

The briefing will take place on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at ASP’s office, 1100 New York Ave., Suite 710W. 

The briefing will begin promptly at 12:30 PM. Please arrive by 12:15 for registration.

Sandwiches will be served.

Please Reply by Tuesday, February 14 to RSVP to this event as space is limited.

To RSVP for this event, email



The American Security Project is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy and research organization dedicated to fostering knowledge and understanding of a range of national security issues, promoting debate about the appropriate use of American power, and cultivating strategic responses to 21st century challenges. For more information,


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