The pursuit of peace resembles the building of a great
cathedral. It is the work of a generation. In concept it requires a
master-architect; in execution, the labors of many.
You are cordially invited to join
Economists for Peace & Security
for our Annual Dinner
This year's dinner honors
Saturday, January 7, 2012
6:30 – 10:00pm
For more information
on attending the EPS dinner honoring Robert J. Gordon,
please visit our events page
The sixteenth International Conference
on Economics and Security will be held in
Cairo, Egypt June 21 — 22,
2012, hosted by Economists for Peace and Security (Egypt),
American University in Cairo.
If you would like to present a paper, please send a
title and an abstract of less than 300 words as soon as possible, to
the contact below. Both
should be sent before April 1, 2012
For more information contact
Hamid E. Ali firstname.lastname@example.org
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SIPRI is pleased to
co-publish, with The EU Non-Proliferation Consortium, a set of
reports on key challenges for the Biological and Toxin Weapons
Convention (BTWC). Papers #3, #4, and #5 were posted this month. Paper
#3 is entitled Strengthening
the BTWC through laboratory best practices and biosecurity.
The Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC)
remains the cornerstone of the regime to prevent the use of biological weapons,
embodying the norm against biological weapon proliferation. The
inherent challenges and complexities of the fight against biological
weapons are best addressed by a multilayered approach that combines
top-down and bottom-up actions and initiatives. The 2011 anthrax
attacks, which caused widespread panic and disruption, highlighted the
need to take into account the threats posed by both state and non-state
actors. These events also led to more thorough consideration of one of
the most difficult threat to deal with, the threat from inside.
In this context, enhancing biosafety and biosecurity
measures and raising awareness at the laboratory level have been
identified as in accordance with the aims and objectives of the
convention. This paper considers how to strengthen the BTWC and focuses
specifically on the involvement of the life sciences community and the
need to engage scientists and laboratory workers, as well as on the
role of the European Union.
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The US Employment Effects of Military and Domestic
Spending Priorities: 2011 Update
This study focuses on the
employment effects of military spending versus alternative domestic
spending priorities, in particular investments in clean energy, health
care and education. It first presents some simple alternative
spending scenarios, namely devoting $1 billion to the military versus
the same amount of money spent on clean energy, health care, and
education, as well as for tax cuts which produce increased levels of
more details and to read the full report, go to
In Other News
Eurozone Catastrophe: How Saving the Euro Could Mean
Blood on the Streets
The whole future shape of Europe must be resolved in a
week or so. It’s a high-stakes game of poker that the Germans are
determined to win--at the expense of misery for many.
by Marshall Auerback, December
2, 2011 for Alternet
"The eurozone story is
changing by the hour. Here's what you need to know to understand
developments that will impact the entire global economy and potentially
cause major social upheaval.
"The eurozone is facing
two distinct, but related, problems: Problem #1 is a national solvency
issue, which only the European Central Bank (ECB) can solve. Problem #2
is deficient 'aggregate demand' (a fancy term for the spending power of
consumers), which calls for a stronger fiscal policy response to offset
declining investment and purchases in the private sector."
To read the full article,
Call for papers
The 12th Jan Tinbergen European Peace Science
Conference, annual meeting of NEPS, has announced a call for
All abstracts (150-250 words) with tentative title
submitted before February 18, 2012 will be considered for the conference.
Proposals received after February 18, 2012 will only be considered if
any presentation slots are still available.
For more details about this
call for papers, visit
National Priorities Project is seeking a Director of
The Development Director is responsible, in conjunction with
the Executive Director, for an aggressive growth plan to scale up NPP’s
annual revenue from $750,000 to $1.5 million over the next five years
from high net-worth individuals, foundations and other organizations.
The Development Director will raise funds primarily through personal
cultivation, solicitation, and retention of current and prospective
donors along with overseeing direct mail, email, and social media
solicitations. Additionally, s/he will support the Executive Director
in foundation prospecting, grant writing and stewardship.
To see the full job listing,
The Department of Development and Security at DIW Berlin
is hiring four Postdoctoral Researchers in the Economics of Security
and Related Disciplines
The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW
Berlin) is one of the leading economic research institutes in Germany.
DIW is an independent, non-profit institute involved in economic
research, service and policy advice. They cooperate closely with
universities in Berlin and Brandenburg and in international academic
The Department of Development and Security at DIW Berlin
is a young and growing research team conducting high quality research
on key global challenges and deriving policy advice from this research.
The department contributes significantly to the Households in Conflict
Network and the Network for the Economic Analysis of Terrorism.
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The Piracy Issue
EPS Quarterly, September 2011. The articles in this
issue explore the effects of piracy on economics and the possible uses
of the discipline of economics on the problem of piracy.
Table of contents
from the Director
Pirates At Bay: The Atalanta Mission In
The Horn Of Africa
Economic Cost of Piracy
Oceans Beyond Piracy Project
Olaf J. de Groot and Anja Shortland
Read this issue of EPS
Economics of Peace and
Security Journal Vol. 6, No 2 - On peace, war, and violence - is now available online
·Sterling Huang and David Throsby on economic,
political, and social determinants of peace
·Alvaro Riascos and Juan
Vargas on violence and growth in Colombia
Pickering on the (supposed) bellicosity of “mountain people”
·Vincenzo Bove on the demand
and supply of peacekeeping
·John Gilbert, Tanigawa
Takahiko, Krit Linananda,
Edward Tower, and Alongkorn Tuncharoenlarp on the deadweight cost of war
·Zachary Tambudzai on
determinants of military expenditure in Zimbabwe
The Journal is a peer-reviewed online publication hosted
by EPS-UK. Published twice yearly, it raises and debates all issues
related to the political economy of personal, communal, national,
international, and global peace and security. Previous contributors
include Joseph Stiglitz, James Galbraith, and
Lawrence Klein. The Journal’s website also features book reviews
submitted by members and subscribers.
EPS members receive a 25% discount on the annual subscription to the
Economics of Peace and Security Journal. A regular one-year
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can access the abstracts and contents pages.
information about the Journal or to subscribe:
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Economists Statement in Support of Occupy Wall Street
"We are economists who oppose ideological cleansing
in the economics profession. Equally, we oppose political cleansing in the
vital debate over the causes and consequences of our current economic
"We support the efforts of the Occupy Wall Street
movement the country and across the
globe to liberate the economy from the short-term greed of the rich and
powerful one percent.
"We oppose cynical and perverse attempts to misuse
our police officers and public servants to expel advocates of the
public good from our public spaces.
We extend our support to the vision of building an
economy that works for the people, for the planet, and for the future,
and we declare our solidarity with the Occupiers who are exercising our
democratic right to demand economic and social justice."
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- January 6 — 8, 2012 Annual meetings
of the Allied Social Sciences Association and American Economics Association in Chicago, IL.
will present two sessions on Friday, January 6. This year's
Annual Dinner, in honor of Robert J. Gordon, will be held
Saturday, January 7.
are now available at our website's events page
- January 13 — 14, 2012 EURASIAN
PEACE SCIENCE CONFERENCE at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. The
Conference's goals are to broaden cooperation among Eurasian and
Middle Eastern peace science scholars, encourage interaction with
the worldwide peace science community, and bring together research
on conflict and peace-related topics from throughout the world.
more information, visit
- March 9 — 11, 2012 Eastern
Economic Association 38th Annual Conference will
be held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA. The Eastern
Economic Association is a not-for-profit corporation whose object
is to promote educational and scholarly exchange on economic
affairs. Towards that end, the Association encourages the freedom
of research and discussion.
information about the conference is available at
- June 21 — 22, 2012 The
sixteenth International Conference on Economics and Security
will be held in Cairo, Egypt, hosted by Economists for Peace and
Security (Egypt), and the American University in Cairo.
more information contact
Hamid E. Ali firstname.lastname@example.org
- June 25 — 27, 2012 The
12th Jan Tinbergen European Peace Science Conference, and annual
meeting of NEPS, will be held at the DIW Berlin, Department of
Development and Security, Mohrenstr. 58,
10117 Berlin, Germany.
about the conference can be found here
- June 29 - July 3, 2012 The 87th annual
Western Economics Association International conference will be
held in San Francisco California at the Hilton San
Francisco Union Square.
more information or to register for the WEAI conference, see
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