War and Poverty, Peace and Prosperity

POn May 30 - June 1, 2007 Economists for Peace and Security hosted the War and Poverty, Peace and Prosperity Conference at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, Annandale on Hudson, NY. This is the first of what we intend to be a regular event.

Proceedings of the conference (48 page pdf)

Below are audio recordings and transcripts of the sessions along with the powerpoint presentations and photographs of the presentors.


Wednesday, May 30, 2008

Registration and reception

Informal Buffet dinner






Reception on Levy Institute porch

Welcome Remarks by

  • James K. Galbraith, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, EPS Chair
  • Dimitri Papadimitriou, President, the Levy Economics Insititute of Bard College
  • Warren Mosler, sponsor of the conference

Audio of Introductions and Michael Lind's keynote address

Transcript of Welcome remarks


James Galbraith


Keynote Address by Michael Lind, New America Foundation

Transcript of keynote address




Michael Lind

Thursday, May 31

Session I

The Comparative Economics of Global Security

Moderator: Jurgen Brauer, Augusta State University

Transcript of Session One

Jurgen Brauer

Michael Intriligator, UCLA, EPS Vice chair

Global Security and Human Security
Presentation slides

Michael Intriligator

K. Maeve Powlick, Skidmore College

Interstate vs. Intrastate Wars in Africa

Maeve Powlick

Alan Kuperman, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin

Mitigating the Moral Hazard of Humanitarian Intervention: Lessons from Economics
Presentation slides

Original Paper

Alan Kuperman

Session II
Poverty, Conflict and Agriculture

Session co-organised by the Dutch/Flemish Chapter of EPS and the Households in Conflict Network

Transcript of Session Two


Panel Two

Tom Bundervoet, Free University of Brussels, Belgium

Livestock, Crop Choice and Civil War: Evidence from Burundi
Presentation Slides


Tom Bundervoet

Philip Verwimp, University of Antwerp and Ecares, University of Brussels, and Eleonora Nillesen, DIW, Berlin

War, Peace and Coffee: Farm Level Evidence from Rwanda
Presentation Slides

Eleanora Nillesen

Philip Verwimp, University of Antwerp; Tom Bundervoet, Free University of Brussels; and Richard Akresh, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Civil War and Child Health in Burundi
Presentation Slides

Philip Verwimp

Luncheon keynote speaker - Linda Bilmes, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Transcript of keynote address

Session III
The Economics of Warfare and the Costs of War

Moderator: William Hartung, Arms Trade Research Center, World Policy Institute, the New School

Transcript of Session Three


Bill Hartung, moderator

James Galbraith, University of Texas, EPS Chair

Equality and War: An Empirical Investigation
Presentation Slides

James K. Galbraith

Lloyd Jeff Dumas, University of Texas - Dallas

Why Bombs Fall and Fail

Lloyd Jeff Dumas

David Gold, The New School

Why Doesn't the United States Spend More on the Military?

David Gold

Herbert Wulf, Bonn International Center for Conversion

Privatizing war: the Renewed Rise of Private Military Companies


Herbert Wulf

Session IV
Rethinking Post-Cold War US Security Policy: What went wrong? How do we get it right?
Session co-organized by Carl Connetta of the Project on Defense Alternatives

Moderator: Winslow Wheeler, Strauss Military Reform Project, Center for Defense Information

Transcript of Session Four

Winslow Wheeler, moderator

Carl Connetta, The Project on Defense Alternatives


Carl Conetta

Michael Lind, New America Foundation

Michael Lind

William Hartung, The Arms Trade Resource Center, World Policy Institute, The New School

Bill Hartung

Session V
Space Economics and the Dis-economies of Space Weapons
Session sponsored by the Arsenault Family Foundation

Transcript of Session Five


Session V Panel

Richard Kaufman, The Bethesda Research Institute

The Arms Race in Space


Richard Kaufman

Nancy Gallagher, Center for International and Security Studies at the Universityof Maryland

The Costs of U.S. Space Dominance


Nancy Gallagher

Henry Hertzfeld, Space Policy Institute

Space Security and Economics
Presentation Slides

Henry Hertzfeld

Laura Grego, Union of Concerned Scientists

Space Security: Capabilities and Limits of Technical Solutions
Presentation Slides

Laura Grego

Dinner Keynote speaker - Barbara Bergmann, emerita at American University and University of Maryland

Transcript of keynote address

Friday, June 1

Session VI
Avoiding War

Moderator: Jeff Madrick, Challenge Magazine

Transcript of Session Six

Jeff Madrick, moderator

Clark Abt, Cambridge College

Inexpensive Economics of Preparing for Terrorist Attacks and Disaster

Clark Abt

Solomon Polachek, State University of New York - Binghampton

Democracy, Peace, and Trade
Presentation Slides

Solomon Polachek

Charles Anderton, College of Holy Cross

Institutionalizing and Safeguarding Peace
Presentation Slides

Chuck Anderton

Session VII
Constructing Peace in Post-conflict Zones with Innovative and Entrepreneurial Tools
Session sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Moderator: Thea Harvey, EPS

Transcript of Session Seven

Thea Harvey, moderator

Romina Laouri, Tech4peace and Ashoka Foundation

Using technology to promote lasting communication and peace-building activities in Cyprus
Presentation Slides

Romina Laouri

Amber Chand, The Amber Chand Collection

Working with craftswomen in conflict and post-conflict regions to offer business as a potent vehicle for sustainable development

Amber Chand

Wim Naude,World Institute for Development Economics Research, United Nations University Helsinki

Entrepreneurship against the odds: fragility and private firms with lessons from Africa
Presentation Slides

Wim Naude

Session VIII
Building a Secure America at Peace

Moderator: James K. Galbraith

Transcript of Session Eight

James K. Galbraith, moderator

Warren Mosler

Fighting for Jobs: War and Employment
Presentation Slides

Warren Mosler

Eban Goodstein, Lewis & Clark College

Global Warming Solutions for America
Presentation Slides

Eban Goodstein

Marcellus Andrews

Global Warming, Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans

Marcellus Andrews