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Investing in a Startup Culture for Security and Development Steven R. Koltai with Matthew Muspratt Peace through Entrepreneurship e nt J oblessness is a root cause of the global unrest threatening international security. Fostering entrepreneurship is the remedy. The combined weight of American diplomacy and military power cannot end unrest and extremism in the Middle East and other troubled regions of the world. Could an alter­ native approach work? Steven Koltai says yes—by investing in entrepreneurship and reaping the benefits of the jobs created through entrepreneurial startups. From 9/11 and the Arab Spring to the self­ proclaimed Islamic caliphate, instability and terror breed where young men, and women, cannot find jobs. Koltai marshals evidence to show that joblessness—not religious or cultural conflict—is a root cause of the unrest that vexes American foreign policy, leads to shattered lives in war­torn regions, and threatens international security. Peace through Entrepreneurship argues for the significant elevation of entrepreneurship in the service of foreign policy. This entrepreneurship is not rural microfinance or mercantile trading. It is the scalable innovation of Silicon Valley and Sam Walton that America is known for, generating the vast majority of new jobs in economies large and small. Peace through Entrepreneurship offers a nonmilitary, long­term solution at a time of disillusionment with Washington’s martial and “big development” approaches to unstable and underdeveloped parts of the world— and when fear of terrorist attacks against Western targets is the new normal. Extremism will not be resolved by a war on terror. The answer, Koltai shows, is stimulating economic opportunities for the virtually limitless supply of desperate, unemployed young men and women leading lives of endless economic frustration. ...


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