Ambassador Litt Co-Chairs League for Hope 2012 Soft Power Leadership Symposium

Apr 25, 2012, 16:36 ET from Institute for Defense and Business

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ambassador (Ret.) David C. Litt, the Executive Director for the Center for Stabilization and Economic Reconstruction (CSER) of the Institute for Defense and Business (IDB), co-chaired the League for Hope 2012 Soft Power Leadership Symposium. The topic of the symposium was "Investment-Centered Development: Facilitating Private Sector and NGO Best Practices, Partnerships and Teaming as an Instrument of U.S. Policy in a World of Diminishing Government Resources." The event was co-hosted by League for Hope and Pepperdine University on April 24 in Washington, DC.  Private sector, NGO, government agency and combatant command leadership attended the symposium.


"In the ongoing arguments over competing responsibilities between military and government agencies operations in international development, the actual predominant role of the private and voluntary sectors has often been overlooked, or worse, maligned," remarked Amb. Litt. "Whether in times of normalcy or post-crisis operations, companies and NGOs often provide the lion's share of goods and services—and in many cases, the link to long-term sustainability of economic growth in the affected nations. How can we improve mutual understanding, and better yet cooperation, among all of these groups, especially in an era of everyone's dire budgetary straits? This symposium explored the dynamics and challenges for all involved of market-led, investment-centered development strategies."

Amb. Litt, the former Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, served for 34 years as a career U.S. diplomat, specializing in the Middle East and Southwest Asia. He served as the Political Advisor to the commanders of both U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command, among a number of other career assignments. Litt's wealth of experience at the intersection of military and civilian government agency operations is the driving force behind the IDB's Center for Stabilization and Economic Reconstruction (CSER), which provides educational programs ranging from pre-deployment economics and governance roundtables, to executive education seminars, including a seminar on logistics cooperation during crises for the JCS Director of Logistics, J4.

About the IDB:

The Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) is a non-profit research and education institute formed in 1997 by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the state of North Carolina. The IDB offers a series of educational programs for the military, government, non-governmental agencies, and private sector, in the areas of logistics, life cycle management, organizational change, and stabilization and economic reconstruction.

For more information about CSER and its programs, contact Mr. Jason Rodriguez at (919) 969-8008 or and to read Amb. Litt's blog go to BackLitt.

Amb. (Ret.) David Litt is also available for Subject Matter Expert interviews. Contact, Maya Zumwalt, Director of Communications, at (919) 969-8008 or

SOURCE Institute for Defense and Business