Book launch event to be held at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center in College Station, Texas

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Fixing America’s Foreign Policy Failures in War-Torn Nations

Paul Brinkley’s Newly Released Book, “War Front to Store Front,” Highlights Struggles, Solutions to Ending America’s Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and Beyond

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 11, 2014) – Reporting directly to U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Paul Brinkley spent five years overseeing economic improvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.  As the Pentagon’s top-ranking official charged with rebuilding the economies of these two war-torn nations, along with several African countries, Brinkley and his hundreds of volunteers struggled against bureaucratic policies to revolutionize foreign aid by leveraging America’s strength – its private sector.

In his new book, “War Front to Store Front,” to be released Feb. 18 in a launch event at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center in College Station, Texas, Brinkley – a Texas A&M graduate – reveals why American foreign policy has left these nations in the Middle East and Africa disappointed, resentful, and suspicious of American intentions – and why America’s path forward must change. This event is hosted as a Conflict and Development lecture at Texas A&M University and co-sponsored by the Norman Borlaug Foundation, the Bush School of Government and Public Relations, the Dwight Look College of Engineering and the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Working in both the Bush and Obama administrations, Brinkley, who is optimistic that America can deliver on its economic promise, outlines in “War Front to Store Front” the necessary U.S. foreign policy changes that need to be made to rebuild nations under fire. In this important work, Brinkley reveals:

• Fascinating insights into the inner workings of American government and its largest bureaucracy-the U.S. Department of Defense

• The group of business leaders who sought to change how the Pentagon did business, and who wound up in a war zone, including their firsthand experience of a terrorist attack

• A comprehensive plan for connecting Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan to the global economy, creating opportunity and reducing anti-Americanism

• The essential roadmap to an American business model for foreign development that can improve the lives of war-ravaged citizens, at far less cost than existing military and foreign aid programs

• Unsurpassed analysis of the lessons learned in the Middle East and ongoing U.S. efforts to translate them to other nations, including Rwanda and Sudan

Event details

Date: Tuesday, February 18

Time: 2-3 p.m.: ConDev Lecture (followed by Q&A session)

3-5 p.m.: Reception

Place: Annenberg Presidential Conference Center

1002 George Bush Drive W.

College Station, TX 77843


“War Front to Store Front: Americans Rebuilding Trust and Hope In Nations Under Fire” is printed by Turner Publishing. More information can be found at

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Eric E. Clark

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