Peace Through Entrepreneurship

Investing in a Startup Culture for Security and Development

Joblessness 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 in the Middle East and other troubled regions of the world. Could and alternative approach work? 

Bretton Woods II fellow Steven R. Koltai says yes – by investing in entrepreneurship and reaping the benefits of the jobs created through entrepreneurial startups. Drawing on Koltai's successful career as a business executive and first-ever senior adviser for entrepreneurship under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Peace Through Entrepreneurship argues for the significant elevation of entrepreneurship in the service of foreign policy. Koltai offers a long-term, non-military solution for the virtually limitless supply of desperate, unemployed young men and women leading lives of endless economic frustration.

Join New America NYC at the CORE: club for a discussion on how the U.S. can leverage its expertise in innovation to counteract extremism, terrorism, and other global crises and foster job stability and economic opportunity across the world.

A light breakfast will be provided.


Steven R. Koltai  @skoltai
Fellow, Bretton Woods II, New America
Managing Director, Koltai & Co., LLC
Author, Peace Through Entrepreneurship: Investing in a Startup Culture for Security and Development

Elmira Bayrasli  @endeavoringE
Co-founder, Foreign Policy Interrupted
Author, From the Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places