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~John Kenneth Galbraith


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EPS mourns the passing in the past few weeks of two extraordinary men. Our founder, Robert J. Schwartz died on May 9th, and the first member of our Board of Trustees, John Kenneth Galbraith died on April 29.

A memorial service for Robert Schwartz will be scheduled for later in the summer.

A memorial service for John Kenneth Galbraith is arranged for Wednesday, May 31, 2:00pm at Memorial Church in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; Grace Cottage Foundation, Townsend, VT; or Economists for Peace and Security. To make donations to EPS in honor of John Kenneth Galbraith, please visit our website, www.epsusa.org. For more information on the service and reception, contact (617) 496-0306 or galbraithmemorial@harvard.edu.

Below we present some remembrances of these two inspiring leaders.

Bullet At the end of the Cold War period, Bob decided to devote his attention, insight, and tireless efforts to furthering progress toward his goals instead of leading a more relaxing life of professional retirement. He devoted the remaining decades of his life to the search for worldwide peace and broad-based social improvement. His contributions will be remembered and used as the basis for moving along a path for lofty goals on a world scale.

The founding of ECAAR and promotion of dynamic and widespread interest toward Peace and Security was not his first effort towards social advancement. I recall our interactions when I discussed with him the program for a meeting on socially responsible investing to be held at the Wharton School. I learned from discussions with Bob that he had engaged in early, pioneering efforts in bringing socially responsible investment instruments to New York financial centers. His contribution to the struggle for World Peace came naturally from his early efforts as a financial entrepreneur.

I am confident that EPS, earlier known as ECAAR, will continue its fine work, as Bob would have liked.

Lawrence Klein, first co-chair of ECAAR

Bullet Bob Schwartz was an extraordinary man, a marine (he never liked being called an ex-marine) dedicated to peace, a Wall Street-savvy socialist, an idealist who had his feet on the ground.

His life with Jo was a model of a marriage between two people with independent professional careers. They were the center of a lively cluster of progressive people on the Upper West Side and in East Hampton. Bob never seemed to have fully recovered from the loss of Jo.

Bob helped begin many things, but the credit for the beginning of EPS (or ECAAR as it was) is uniquely his. He announced the idea at an afternoon event in East Hampton and I believe that by writing the first check I was his first member. But it was Bob's show completely, although he always had the sense to keep himself in the background as Treasurer, while giving the limelight to a constellation of Nobel Laureates whom he recruited one by one.

When Bob anointed me his successor as Treasurer, I knew I would not be able to fill his shoes. If there really is something that corresponds to an eternal reward, Bob deserves it.

John Tepper Marlin, first paid-up member of ECAAR
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It is always a pleasure for me to meet someone who likes life as much as Bob Schwartz did. I liked his activism, but even more I liked his character, his wonderful and slow smile, his manner of speaking with his eyes directly on your eyes when he wanted to convince and his eyes on the universe when he spoke about the principles of life. I remember a visit in Paris, where we had a wonderful dinner, full of important information for life and ECAAR. I remember when he came to Grenoble with his wife Jo for three days of colloquium. We were very happy to meet him and to share his experience and his wonderful soul.

Please, tell his family how very sad our group (Fanny Coulomb, Liliane Bensahel and Ivan Samson) is about this news. We are sure that his idea of a more peaceful world will be pursued and shared by all of his friends.

Jacques Fontanel, Chair ECAAR-France

Bullet I first met Bob Schwartz in the summer of 2000, when his beloved Jo was already suffering from her final illness. Even during that sorrow he was full of energy; I was immediately struck by the strength of his character and convictions.

Over the years I learned more about Bob. I learned that after he was threatened with HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee) investigations he did what any self-respecting “Communist” might do: left the US treasury department, moved to New York, and made a lot of money on Wall Street. Being Bob, he didn’t make money the old-fashioned way. He was a founder of the socially responsible investment movement that has done so much to demand transparency and accountability in American corporations.

I loved to hear stories of his work in the civil rights movement, of his and Jo's being arrested in Baltimore, of their experiences in Mississippi during Freedom Summer, of the close friendships he had made and kept. During a peace conference in Puerto Rico sponsored by Oscar Arias, Bob and I and several others visited a protest camp on the island of Vieques, for which ECAAR had undertaken a feasibility study for the creation of a land trust once the military stopped the bombing. We had a wonderful lunch of local fish and plantains, and whenever I said that I was with ECAAR, people shook my hand with warmth and gratitude. That day gave me a special appreciation for how easily Bob met people, learned about their needs and concerns, and found a useful way to contribute.

The South is desegregated; socially responsible investment funds often out-perform “traditional” funds; the bombing on Vieques has ceased. The answer to the question posed by Bob’s book, Can You Make a Difference?, is a resounding yes, if you are a person of the boundless vigor and compassion of Robert J. Schwartz.

Kate Cell, EPS Fellow and former General Director

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We, the board and members of our Association for Economy and Peace, express to you and the American EPS community and organization our feelings of condolence with the death of John Kenneth Galbraith. John K. Galbraith has made an imprint in the history of economics of your country through a life of service to the public good. He has taught generations of Americans and has been a beacon of intellectual integrity. May his legacy be preserved and developed further!

Economen voor Vrede/EPS-Netherlands-Belgium

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I have been taught a lot of things, not only knowledge but also deep humanity to people, from your father. I thank for him truly.

Nagaharu Hayabusa, chair of ECAAR-Japan

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And some more public, if no less heartfelt, tributes for John Kenneth Galbraith:

from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=17439

Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) Speaking before the House of Representatives, May 4, 2006. http://www.epsusa.org/publications/newsnotes/2006/McDermottJKGtribute.htm

Obituaries from Boston Globe, New York Times, Guardian, Harvard University

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Bullet Need stats? Check out http://www.statemaster.com and http://www.nationmaster.com. NationMaster currently has 5,703 stats, and this number is increasing all the time. They aspire to be the web's one-stop resource for country statistics on everything from soldiers to wall plug voltages. You can also view profiles of individual countries including their maps and flags, use correlation reports and scatterplots to find relationships between variables, and refer to fully integrated encyclopedia with over 800,000 articles. StateMaster currently has 2,613 stats on everything from toothless residents to percentage of carpoolers. Again, this is a constantly growing database.
Bullet The Defense Threat Reduction Agency has created a website www.wmdinsights.com which “presents a monthly publication intended to provide US Government decision-makers, action officers, and analysts with timely and noteworthy unclassified information on international attitudes towards weapons of mass destruction and efforts to curb their proliferation. This pilot effort seeks to combine the skills and capabilities of subject matter specialists with those of foreign language experts to gain insight into issues that are shaping the proliferation landscape. Our goal is to assist our readers in planning for today’s issues and those that may be just over the horizon.”
Bullet The University for Peace, an independent university chartered by the UN, focuses its rigorous academic programme on the fundamental causes of conflict through a multidisciplinary, multicultural-oriented approach. Among its products are two publications: the Peace and Conflict Review (http://www.review.upeace.org) and the Peace and Conflict Monitor (http://www.monitor.upeace.org). Submissions of articles and opinion pieces are accepted and published, subject to peer review.
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EPS member Neva Goodwin is the author, along with Julie Nelson and Jonathan Harris, of a new textbook. Macroeconomics in Context is an innovative principles-level textbook being produced by the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University. In addition to covering standard topics, this text takes seriously questions of ecological sustainability, non-market production, the quality of life, and income distribution. It balances analysis of market processes in the macroeconomy with discussion of public policies that go beyond short-term stabilization targets to promote long-term sustainability and social goals. The authors also use the “guns and butter” tradeoff not only to teach about production possibilities, but to consider real-world allocations of resources to various uses, contrasting military spending with economic development, and allocations for short-term vs. long-term goals.

This book is the companion text to Microeconomics in Context (Goodwin et. al, Houghton Mifflin, 2005). The Preliminary Edition is being made available on-line, free of charge, at http://www.ase.tufts.edu/gdae/publications/textbooks/macroeconomics.html.

Bullet The International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES) is an independent non-profit organization concerned about the impact of science and technology on society. INES' efforts focus on disarmament and international peace, ethics, justice and sustainable development.

The "What's New In INES" (wnii) is one of the main communication instrument of INES. It gives the member organizations the opportunity to publish their articles, while serving as a general overview of related international news. Some recent articles include:

  • Is Iran next? The Calculus of Military Strike by Mark Sappenfield
  • The Iran Plans by Seymour M. Hersh
  • Controlling the Bomb by Zia Mian

Archived issues can be found at: http://www.inesglobal.com/whats_new_in_ines/Whats_new_in_ines_main.html

 
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In Other News
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The National Priorities Project has released its annual Tax breakdown. This publication shows how the median income family's income tax dollars are spent for every state and 200 cities, towns and counties. Other available resources include: Where Do Your Tax Dollars Go? Notes and Sources; the Interactive Tax Chart: a breakdown of how the federal government spent your income taxes; and Trade-Offs: how your tax dollars could be spent differently in your state.

http://www.nationalpriorities.org/taxday

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It's time to vote. The Citizens for Global Solutions Annual Flash contest finalists are posted at http://globalsolutions.org/Flash_Contest/2006/finalistsite/home.html. These short movies present global solutions to some global problems like genocide, climate change and poverty. They were made by students and professionals; some are funny, some are poignant. But they get the message across. First place is $2000. Help decide who best addressed this year's theme of "America's Role in the World." Voting ends May 17.

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As inflation hit a new high of 913 percent, bringing a 12-fold rise in the cost of essentials, the Zimbabwean government defended using security and intelligence personnel to oversee the revival of the economy, described as the fastest shrinking in the world outside of a war zone. Last month, local media reported that the government had formed a economic and food security revival body, known as the Zimbabwe National Security Council, with officials from the Central Intelligence Organization, the army, police, prison services and the Registrar-General's office, to oversee and enhance the capacity of ministries. Government ministers denied that there was a militarization of basic government functions, and maintained that the move was to improve food security, foreign exchange reserves and service delivery, among other issues.

The country has been grappling with food shortages for the past four years, partly because of inadequate rain and the country's fast-track land reform programme. Lack of foreign currency has affected the country's capacity to import basic requirements such as fuel, medicines and agricultural inputs. Most essential commodities and services, including education, are now beyond the reach of ordinary Zimbabweans, who earn less than US $100 a month. This week schools, including those run by the government, said they would increase tuition fees by almost 1,000 percent beginning next month.

Read more at: http://www.irinnews.org/report.asp?ReportID=52769

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EPS member Ahmad Faruqui, writing in the Pakistani Daily Times, gives us a survey of cost-benefit analyses of the Iraq War.

"The Iraq War was fought to enhance America’s national security by winning the hearts and minds of people living in the Arab world. By using a blunt military instrument, the Bush administration failed to accomplish its goal and squandered precious human and economic resources in the process.

"Historians will long debate the costs and benefits of the war and whether it was in any one’s interests to pursue it. But in the near term, it falls on the shoulders of the Bush administration to fix the mess. In the months to come, the administration would be well advised to try out peaceful ways of bringing stability to that war-ravaged nation."

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2006%5C04%5C23%5Cstory_23-4-2006_pg3_6

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The annual Jan Tinbergen European Peace Science Conference will take place June 26 - 28, 2006 in Amsterdam at the Tinbergen Institute; the address is Roeterstraat 31, 1018 WB Amsterdam. Registration fee will be €50.

At the conference there will be continuing emphasis on research methods in peace science,
but also regular papers dealing with all aspects of the peace science field, from pure abstract theory to practical applied research will be accepted. Topics in previous years have included:

  • Arms Control and International Security;
  • Deterrence Theory;
  • Harmony and Conflict;
  • Cooperation, Alliances and Games;
  • Game and Related Theory;
  • Mathematical Approaches to Conflict Management;
  • Mathematical Models of Arms Races and Wars;
  • Empirical and Historical Studies on the Causes of War;
  • Crises and War Studies;
  • World Models;
  • Critical Economic Aspects of the Global Crises;
  • Long-Run Aspects of the Behavior of International Systems;
  • Peace Science Methodology and Theory;
  • Conflict Analysis and Management;
  • Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Studies;
  • Behavioral Studies;
  • Hierarchy Theory.


The papers that will be presented can be considered for publication in Conflict Management
and Peace Science, Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, The Journal of
Conflict Resolution, and International Interactions.

Proposals received after February 1, 2006 will be considered if any presentation slots are still available. Those who are interested in participating should contact Walter Isard (wi11@cornell.edu), Johan Moyersoen (johan.moyersoen@geog.ox.ac.uk) or Desirée Nilsson (desiree.nilsson@pcr.uu.se)

 
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Food for Thought
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Martin van Creveld, a professor of military history at the Hebrew University, is author of "Transformation of War" (Free Press, 1991). He is the only non-American author on the US Army's required reading list for officers. In this short piece he asserts that Knowing Why Not To Bomb Iran Is Half the Battle.

"One of my teachers, a former chief of Israeli military intelligence, used to say that going to war is not like asking a girl out on a date. It is a very serious decision, to be made on the basis of carefully crafted answers to even more carefully crafted questions."

The first question he asks is whether bombing Iran's nuclear installations is worth doing. Secondly, can it be successfully accomplished? What might Iran do in response? Is there sufficient intelligence to make good decisions? The author seems to conclude that the risks outweigh the possible benefits. http://www.forward.com/articles/7683

 
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Funding and Employment Opportunities
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The East Asia Institute (EAI), based in Seoul, Korea, is a private nonprofit and nonpartisan organization devoted to research, publication, education, and international exchange in the realms of foreign policy, institutional reform, electoral politics, and public opinion in East Asia. The EAI strives to transform East Asia into a society of nations based on political pluralism, economic interdependence, and international peace. To this end, it strives to propagate the values of diversity, tolerance, accountability, and transparency.

The Fellows Program on Peace, Governance, and Development in East Asia, established in 2005 with generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation, invites United States-based East Asianists in the fields of political science, international relations, and sociology for scholarly exchange with the goal of moving East Asian Studies from country case studies toward genuinely regional studies with an interdisciplinary and comparative character. The EAI Fellows hold seminars and lectures, based on an unpublished article submitted solely for the purpose of the Fellows Program, at the Programs Member Institutions: the East Asia Institute in Seoul; Fudan University in Shanghai; Keio University in Tokyo; Peking University in Beijing; and Taiwan National University in Taipei. They plan to select five Fellows in 2006. Each of the Fellows receives a stipend of US$14,900 for the cost of travel and accommodation in East Asia for three weeks.

The application deadline for fellowships is May 31, 2006

The application booklet, with information about the program, eligibility, submission, etc. for the fellowships can be downloaded at: http://www.eai.or.kr/korean/upfile/project/pjcontent/EAI%20Application%20Booklet.doc

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The International Atlantic Economic Society is pleased to announce the second annual EconSources.com Best Undergraduate Paper Competition. The winner will be announced at the 62nd International Atlantic Economic Conference in Philadelphia, PA, October 5 - 8, 2006, and will be awarded $500 and publication in the Atlantic Economic Journal.

Submission Deadline: July 1, 2006

Complete information about formatting and submission requirements can be found at http://www.iaes.org/Scholarships%20and%20Grants/Undergraduate_Scholarship/index.htm

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Kashmiri American Council / Kashmir Center is holding an International Essay Contest with the theme "South Asian Stability Post President Bush's Visit." Writers may incorporate any of the following sub-themes (which will also be topics of discussion at the forthcoming conference):

  • Kashmir: New Hopes and Aspirations;
  • Is Self-Governance a means towards Self-determination?;
  • Demilitarization: First step towards setting a stage for settlement;
  • Kashmir: Human Rights Dimension.

The Review Board will consider all perspectives and viewpoints, regardless of the inclinations of the writers, as long as their positions do in fact support the ideals of democratic norms and international freedom. Essays should include recommendations for a peaceful solution of the Kashmir Issue (n.b. status quo is not a viable solution). Solutions and recommendations may include, but not limited to elements of conflict resolution, international mediation and negotiation, international law, engagement of indigenous militants in the peace process, earthquake disaster relief, religious tolerance and democracy.

Winners of the top nine essays will receive a cash prize based on the three categories of submission: undergraduate students (US $500.00), graduate students (US $800.00), and professional (US $1,000.00). Moreover, the winners of the top three essays will be invited to read their winning essays at the Sixth International Kashmir Peace Conference to be held on July 20 - 21, 2006 at the Capitol Hill in Washington DC. All travel (economy class airfare) and accommodation costs will be provided by the Kashmir American Council / Kashmir Center.

Deadline for submission of the essays by e-mail is June 7, 2006 and should be sent to kashmirconference@yahoo.com or to gnfai2003@yahoo.com

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The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) announces the 2006 prize for excellence in development research. The EADI prize, worth €1,000, will be awarded for an essay on an issue of development studies in any field of the social sciences submitted and written by a postgraduate student from an EADI member country or attending a program at an institutional member of the Association.

Deadline for entries is May 31, 2006. For further information please contact: postmaster@eadi.org or visit http://www.eadi.org

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The Institute for Economic Analysis, directed by longtime EPS member John Atlee, is looking for a Research Associate in Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy. IEA's Basic Purpose is to develop more effective monetary, fiscal and other analytical and policy tools for macro-managing the economy for stable full-employment growth. They use an innovative conceptual framework that makes macroeconomics a more credible science - and that is also easier to learn and teach.

More information about the Institute and the job opening at http://www.iea-macro-economics.org

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Palgrave Macmillan is a global publisher of academic books in economics. Book proposals are welcome; they are particularly interested in developing a library of monographs. Submissions should be sent to:

Aaron Javsicas
Editor
Palgrave Macmillan
175 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10010
aaron.javsicas@palgrave-usa.com

http://www.palgrave-usa.com

 
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EPS Publications and Resources
Bullet The Economics of Peace and Security Journal (www.epsjournal.org.uk). This new online journal hosted by EPS-UK raises and debates all issues related to the political economy of personal, communal, national, international, and global peace and security. The scope includes implications and ramifications of conventional and non-conventional conflict for all human and non-human life and for our common habitat. Special attention is paid to constructive proposals for conflict resolution and peacemaking. While open to non-economic approaches, most contributions emphasize economic analysis of causes, consequences, and possible solutions to mitigate and resolve conflict.

The journal is aimed at non-specialist readers, including policy analysts, policy and decision makers, national and international civil servants, members of the armed forces and of peacekeeping services, the business community, members of non-governmental organizations and religious institutions, and others. Contributions are scholarly-based, but written in a general-interest style.

Issues of the journal generally are theme-based and contributions are by invitation only; however, readers are invited to write to the Managing Editor (managingeditor@epsjournal.org.uk) with proposals for a theme or a specific contribution. Short letters of less than 500 words commenting on the published pieces are welcome. Please write to us at editors@epsjournal.org.uk.

The first issue is based on the ECAAR Review 2003, "Conflict or Development" (http://www.epsjournal.org.uk/Vol1/No1/issue.php). It is offered free of charge as an introduction to the journal. Future topics will include:

  • Peacemaking and Peacekeeping - Jurgen Brauer and J. Paul Dunne, eds.
  • Military, Civilian and Commercial Uses of Outer Space - Vasilis Zervos and Jurgen Brauer, eds.
  • Arms Trade and Industry - Sam Perlo-Freeman and J. Paul Dunne, eds.

Annual subscription rates for future issues are as follows:

  • Standard £22/$40/E€34;
  • EPS members £16/$30/E€25;
  • Unwaged/Developing countries £11/$20/E€17;
  • Institutional £55/$100/E€85.
Bullet Military vs. Social Spending: Warfare or Human Welfare. This two-sided fact sheet compares US and global military spending with the costs of achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals in an accessible, graphic format. The fact sheet, which was compiled and designed by former Project Manager, Paul Burkholder, is available in PDF format at http://www.epsusa.org/publications/factsheets/milexMDG.pdf.
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The ECAAR Review 2003: Conflict or Development? This edition has a regional focus on Africa, the site of most of the world's current armed conflicts. In its pages some of the leading economists of the day analyze and reflect on the relationships among military spending, domestic and foreign policy, security, and human welfare. Features include country studies, sections on business and conflict, and “Trends in World Military Expenditure.” Written in clear English, with informative maps, tables, and graphs, the series is designed to inform the debate among policymakers, activists, journalists, academics, students, and citizens worldwide.

To order the Review, please email Thea Harvey (theaharvey@epsusa.org).

The Review can be a valuable tool in teaching economics, political science, and international relations courses. If you are interested in teaching this book, please contact Thea Harvey (theaharvey@epsusa.org) for a copy to review.

Bullet The Full Cost of Ballistic Missile Defense. The study estimates that the total life cycle cost for a layered missile defense system could reach $1.2 trillion through 2035. You can download the PDF file from http://www.epsusa.org/publications/papers/bmd/bmd.pdf, or order a copy of the report from the cosponsor of the study at http://www.armscontrolcenter.org/nmd/fullcost.html.
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Data Resource webpage offers links to data sources for:

  • International military expenditure and conflict indicators;
  • US military expenditure and capabilities;
  • Western Europe;
  • Russia.

http://www.epsusa.org/network/data.htm. If you know of a data source that you feel should be added to our list, please contact our webmaster, Kate Cell, at katecell@epsusa.org

 
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Action Corner
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Eight municipalities in Northwest Ohio, including Toledo, have passed a resolution in their city councils to encourage immediate lockdown worldwide of sites storing fissile material and nuclear weapons. University presidents and state legislature in the area have written letters of support, addressed to the Ohio Congressional delegation. The resolutions urge Congress to work with other countries and the United Nations to "immediately implement actions that will secure to a high standard fissile material and nuclear weapons around the world." Read more about these Ohio towns at http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2006601020318

If you would like to get involved in the movement to have your university or local government urge the federal government to make protecting the nation from terrorist attacks with nuclear weapons the country's top security priority, contact Phineas Anderson at mulberries@sbcglobal.net. Mr. Anderson, who is retired from FEMA and the Toledo (Ohio) School system, can share sample resolutions, additional material, and assistance in how to best replicate such efforts in other localities around the country.

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The National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund invites you to participate in the annual Lobby Day on Tuesday, May 16, 2006. Join with other conscientious objectors to military violence to speak out against forced conscription in the military – whether it is our bodies or our tax dollars that are used to kill. Whether you come to DC or lobby at your congressperson's local office, your voice is vital to the struggle for freedom of conscience.

The Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Bill, if passed, would establish a non-military fund into which conscientious objectors could pay their federal taxes. Currently 41 representatives have cosponsored this legislation. On May 16 they will work to increase that number by asking our representatives to provide alternative service for our drafted dollars by supporting the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Bill.

The Military CO Act, if passed, would put specific procedures in place for the discharge process for military personnel who have declared conscientious objections. The current military policy for COs is not working: they face harassment, are forced to violate their beliefs and are denied CO status for arbitrary reasons.

For more information, or to sign up to join the lobbying efforts, please visit: http://www.peacetaxfund.org/news/2006-05-16lobbyday.htm

Bullet Feel like you have a foreign policy alternative that should be heard in the halls of government? Citizens for Global Solutions provides an easy to use tool to find the foreign policy staffer for your Member of Congress. Click here to access the Foreign Policy Staffer Locator: http://globalsolutions.org/hill/fpstaff
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Anyone who would be willing to put an EPS flyer up on a departmental bulletin board or similar venue, please contact Thea Harvey at theaharvey@epsusa.org.

 
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Upcoming Events
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Wednesday, May, 17, 2006. Independent Policy Forum "Is Future Conflict With China Avoidable?" and reception at the Independent Institute, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC. The speakers will be Ivan Eland, Director of The Independent Institute's Center on Peace and Liberty; James Lilley, former ambassador to China and South Korea, and Rear Admiral Eric McVadon (Ret.), current Director of Asia-Pacific Studies at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis.

More information at: http://independent.org/events/detail.asp?eventID=117. Please make reservations by contacting the Institute's Events Coordinator, Ms. Nichelle Beardsley, at 800-927-8733 or dcevents@independent.org.

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Monday, May 22, 2006, 1:00pm - 3:00pm. You are cordially invited to attend An International Forum with Michael Carpenter, Esq., Counsel to the British House of Common on European Legislation, speaking on "The Future of the European Union and the War on Terrorism" at the National Press Club
Zenger Room, 529 14th Street N.W., Washington DC. The event is co-sponsored by:

  • International Center for Terrorism Studies, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
  • Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies
  • Inter-University Center for Legal Studies, International Law Institute
  • Homeland Security Policy Institute, The George Washington University Program

RSVP is required. For further information and registration, please contact Mr. Jeff Tang at 703-562-4522 or jtang@potomacinstitute.org.

Bullet Thursday, May 25, 2006, 1:30pm - 4:00pm. The New School and the Center for Security Studies, Eth Zurich present a Study Group on the Economics of Terrorism with Doron Zimmerman, speaking on EU Counter-Terrorism Strategies: A Comparative Perspective. At 65 Fifth Avenue, Wolff Conference Room (Second Floor), New York, NY.

Dr. Doron Zimmermann is a Senior Researcher at the Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich. He specializes in Political Violence Movements and International Terrorism. Dr. Zimmermann has a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, where he studied history and politics. He publishes on terrorism and counter-terrorism issues, with a focus on Western Europe and the Middle East. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Please RSVP to Sean Costigan (costigan@sipo.gess.ethz.ch)by May 18th. Visit http://www.isn.ethz.ch/pubs/terrorism for background and calendar information.

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May 29 - 30, 2006. Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics in Tokyo, Japan. Conference theme: “Infrastructure for Development for the New Era.” The conference will consist of several major topics relating to infrastructure and growth, climate change, energy efficiency, rural development, agriculture and the implications for regional cooperation.
http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/EXTDEC/EXTDECABCTOK2006/0,,
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Bullet June 2 - 3, 2006. Professor Johan Galtung, widely regarded as the founder of peace studies, will give a workshop titled A US Foreign Policy in the Age of Globalization: Interdependence, Not Dominance, in Manassas, Virginia. Details are found at http://www.transcend.org/training/
Bullet June 12 - 13, 2006. Take Back America Conference in Washington DC. More information at http://ga3.org/caf/events/tba06/details.tcl
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June 15 - 26, 2006. The International Centre for National Security Studies (ICNSS) at Galilee College in Nahalal, Israel, presents an International Seminar on National Security entitled, International Terrorism – The New Terrorism in a New Millennium. The Programme interprets “national security” not as synonymous with military might, but as a broadly based national achievement resulting from strong foreign relations, a stable and resilient society and economy and a high level of technological development. It aims to deepen participants' understanding of current national security issues, to increase their capacity for innovative planning and implementation of policy in response to national security problems, and to improve their decision making skills.

For more about the conference and the Centre, see http://www.galilcol.ac.il/page.asp?id=27

Bullet June 18 - 24, 2006. 2006 Interdisciplinary Graduate Summer School in Post Keynesian, Institutionalist and Feminist Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. More information at http://www.cfeps.org/events.
Bullet June 19 - July 8, 2006. Summer 2006 Peacebuilding & Development Institute, Washington DC. http://www.american.edu/sis/peace/summer/
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June 22 - 24, 2006. Tenth Annual Conference on Economics and Security. Thessaloniki, Greece. Conference sponsored by Economists for Peace and Security (EPS-UK), the Arms Production and Trade Group, the University of the West of England, CITY Liberal Studies - Affiliated Institution of the University of Sheffield, and SEERC (South East European Research Center), Thessaloniki, Greece. http://www.city.academic.gr/special/events/economics_and_security/index.htm or http://carecon.org.uk/Conferences/conferences.php

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June 23 - 28, 2006. The World Peace Forum will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. http://www.worldpeaceforum.ca

Discounted fees are available for students, seniors or low-income people. You can register online at: http://zeus.maxintegration.net/events/fasttrack.aspx

Bullet June 26 - 28, 2006. The annual Jan Tinbergen European Peace Science Conference will take place in Amsterdam at the Tinbergen Institute; the address is Roeterstraat 31, 1018 WB Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Registration fee will be €50. For more information contact Walter Isard (wi11@cornell.edu), Johan Moyersoen (johan.moyersoen@geog.ox.ac.uk) or Desirée Nilsson (desiree.nilsson@pcr.uu.se)
Bullet June 26 - 28, 2006. GEVOREV International Symposium on Co-Management of Natural Resources and the Environment - from the Local to the Global Sphere at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ), France. For additional information, please contact Christian Castellanet, Philippe Méral, or Sophie Rousseau at:
UMR 063 C3ED
Université de Versailles St. Quentin en Yvelines (UVSQ)
47 Bd Vauban - 78047 Guyancourt Cedex, France
Telephone 00.33.1.39.25.56.04 - Fax 00.33.1.39.25.53.00
Email: gecorev@c3ed.uvsq.fr
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June 26 - 30 and August 7 - 11, 2006. The Independent Institute in Oakland, California, presents a fascinating, five-day seminar on the workings of market forces and how they affect your life, for students from 9th grade through college age. "Liberty, Economy & Society" includes lectures on economic principles, their applications in history and current affairs, and plenty of classroom discussion to help you become more confident in communicating your social ideas and values.

The cost is $195. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. For more information, visit http://www.independent.org/students/seminars

Bullet June 30 - July 2, 2006. The Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics hosts the 18th Annual Meeting on Socio-Economics: Constituting Globalization: Actors, Arenas and Outcomes at IAAEG, University of Trier, Germany. For conference and registration information see http://www.sase.org/conf2006/callforpapers/callforpapers.html
Bullet July 17 - 12, 2006 and August 8-12, 2006. "Make Some Noise": Human Rights for the Next Generation Summer 2006 Workshops for high school students (ages 13-18) who live in the Hudson Valley of New York State. Topics to be covered in this workshop include:
  • Our Lives, Our Rights: What are Human Rights Anyway?
  • What's Going on Here?: Human Rights in the Hudson Valley
  • Linkages: Globalization & Human Rights (with possible guest appearances by EPS staff)
  • Terribly Wrong: Genocide in the Modern World
  • Let's Make Some Noise: What are We Going to Do About It?

More information and registration forms at http://www.globalyouthconnect.org/makenoise2006.html

Bullet September 23 - 24, 2006. Second Biannual Canada/US Eastern Border Post-Keynesian Workshop with the theme: “Post-Keynesian Economics, Income Distribution and Distributive Justice” to be held at the University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, USA.

Organizers: Stephanie Seguino (University of Vermont - Stephanie.Seguino@uvm.edu), Robert E. Prasch (Middlebury College - rprasch@middlebury.edu), and Mark Setterfield (Trinity College - mark.setterfield@trincoll.edu)

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November 2 - 4, 2006. European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE) presents the 18th EAEPE Annual Conference - Developing Economies: Multiple Trajectories, Multiple Developments in Istanbul, Turkey.

Conference information is at http://eaepe.org/eaepe.php?q=node/view/182

Bullet January 5 - 7, 2007. Allied Social Sciences Associations meetings. Chicago, Illinois. http://www.vanderbilt.edu/AEA/anmt.htm
Bullet February 23 - 25, 2007. Eastern Economics Association meetings. New York, NY. Early bird submission deadline for papers is October 6, 2006. http://www.iona.edu/eea/
 
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