Waging Peace: The Role of the Private Sector in Conflict & Post-Conflict

11.4.2015, 2:00PM to 4:00PM

This discussion focused on the potential for economic development as a tool to help bring opposing sides together during a conflict and to rebuild a country in post-conflict areas.

Speakers delivered their opinions, derived from experience, and answered questions regarding the potential for private enterprise to mitigate or end a conflict, grow within conflict-ridden environments, initiate long-term peace, and eventually advance sustainable economic growth. The discussion also focused on how organizations can design programming that takes into account the volatile, conflict-prone nature of their work environments.


  • Sarah Chayes, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; former National Public Radio reporter; Author of Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security
  • Jason Pielemeier, Special Advisor & Section Lead, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State
  • Daniel Weggeland, Subject Matter Expert with the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).
  • John Zemko, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), discussion moderator

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