Economic Development, Security, Governance and Engagment Are All Vital Elements of Stability
Bringing stability to areas of conflict provides is challenging because of the many elements of power and diplomacy that are traditionally used. But BGen David Reist (USMC, Ret.) says combining economics with governance and engagement is the best solution.
BGen Reist asked an Iraqi Army general if he needed security for economic development, or economic development for security. The general’s response: “One hand alone cannot clap.” This reinforces that integrating all the elements of national power is the best path toward success, BGen Reist emphasized.