I attended the Business and Peace Conference that was held here at Indiana last week and was very fascinated by some of the general topics addressed. The importance of promoting business in poverty stricken areas really is key to avoid frustrations with these regions, whose populations are 60-65% citizens under 30 years old. These young people have the same desires and dreams as us in the US, and need to be given the opportunity to be able to do so to avoid these people dealing with frustration in violent ways.
One story I really enjoyed was of a young woman who created an app similar to Uber but for war torn areas, like Ghaza where the woman was from. She was given the opportunity to come to the US and attend a peace conference where she was able to sit next to Vice President Biden and share her ideas.
Stories like these give me hope that there are efforts out there to promote economic opportunity and prosperity in all countries. However there is still an enormous amount of work that needs to be done in this area, and I believe that the US has the means as well as responsibility to accomplish this work.