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Private Sector Development and US Foreign Policy: Opportunities and Tensions

June 7, 2022 • 3:00 – 4:00 pm EDT

A conversation with Nancy Lee, Kristie Pellecchia, and Ethan Kapstein.

The event will be webcast live from this page.

We are in the middle of a new great power competition, where adversaries of the United States are investing heavily in developing countries around the world. Often, these investments target countries with institutions susceptible to corruption and may help to grow the club of undemocratic and anti-Western regimes, putting long-term global prosperity and stability at risk. How can the US and its allies counter these trends through the strategic use of foreign aid and encouragement of private enterprise?

To address these questions, CSIS is pleased to host a panel of experts to discuss the extent to which U.S. foreign assistance policy harnesses the power of the private sector in responding to great power competition. The panel will also feature Dr. Ethan B. Kapstein, co-director of Princeton’s Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, and author of the new book, "Exporting Capitalism - Private Enterprise and US Foreign Policy," who will share some of the findings from his field research and explore American successes and failures in exporting capitalism to the developing world.

Please join us at CSIS in Washington, DC for this important conversation on June 7.

This event is made possible by general support to CSIS.

Romina Bandura
Senior Fellow, Project on Prosperity and Development, Project on U.S. Leadership in Development
Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development
Co-director, Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, Princeton University