"I don’t want to be from a country that is
permanently occupied, that is permanently grieving, that
has miserable refugees with forever ruined lives. Neither do I want to
be from a country that is constantly considering aggression. I don’t
want to be from a country where the news accumulates around the enemy,
what the enemy does, what the enemy says. I don’t want to be from a
country where the word describing the people living next door carries a
negative meaning no matter what the topic is."
An Azerbaijani living in Turkey, speaking
about the ongoing low-level
conflict with Armenia.
The Economics of Global Warming
Melting glaciers, rising
incomes, and food.
by Thomas C. Schelling, January 23, 2011 for Newsweek
"The real global challenge facing us will be
organizing to reduce carbon emissions and provide help to poor countries
coping with climate change. The worst, but not the most likely,
consequences of climate change could be rising sea levels: there is
grounded ice in Antarctica that, if loosed from its moorings, is worth
five or six meters of sea level, enough to sink Stockholm, Manhattan,
or London, or to oblige them to build levees to escape inundation, and
to oblige millions of Bangladeshis and others to abandon their homes
and workplaces and to migrate. (Levees cannot save Bangladesh; they
leave no escape for the freshwater floods that need to reach the
To read the full article,
Obama's Half Measures Won't Save the States
Much could be done to help
state budgets and reduce unemployment. None of them will happen.
by Marshall Auerback. February
8, 2011 for new
"Business Week reports that
President Obama is considering seeking aid for state unemployment
insurance programs burdened by debt because of high unemployment rates.
At the margin, no complaints here about the idea, but it’s fairly
limited in scope and may not make that much of a difference."
Read the full post at
The Fifteenth Annual
Conference on Economics and Security will be held in
Bristol, UK June 16 — 17, 2011, hosted by Economists for Peace and
Security (UK), UWE Bristol, and Bristol University.
If you would like to present a paper, please send a
title and an abstract of less than 300 words as soon as possible.
Both should be sent before April 1, 2011 to John2.Dunne@uwe.ac.uk.
For more information,
or contact J. Paul Dunne John2.Dunne@uwe.ac.uk.
Video of our latest Bernard
Schwartz Symposium - A Strategic Policy: Investment, Social
Security and Economic Recovery is available on the EPS website. This public symposium was
held Friday, October 1, 2010, at the Ronald Reagan Building and
International Trade Center, Washington DC.
information and to view the symposium, go to
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Universal Transparency: A Goal for the US at the 2012
Nuclear Security Summit
Bill Richardson with Gay Dillingham, Charles Streeper, and Arjun Makhijani for Arms
"Global quantitative transparency of nuclear arsenals
and fissile materials (universal transparency) is an indispensable
complement to arms reduction treaties. It is a necessary element in
creating a path to disarmament that can be traveled by all
"For the purposes of this article, that category
includes the five countries that have nuclear weapons and are parties
to the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT)—China, France, Russia, the
United Kingdom, and the United States—as well as four states that are
outside the NPT framework and have or are widely presumed to have
nuclear weapons: India, Israel, Pakistan, and North Korea. The first
three have never been part of the NPT. North Korea joined the NPT, but
has declared its withdrawal."
To read the full article,
In Other News
Costs of inaction: the economics of high-end warming
by Eban Goostein,
February 2, 2011 for Grist
"Perhaps nowhere is the contrast between the science
and economics of climate change as great as in the dueling metaphors
governing the impact of high-end warming: 'collapse' (following
scientist Jared Diamond) vs. 'reductions in the rate of growth'
(following all standard integrated assessment models in economics,
including those of Nicholas Stern and the IPCC).
"By way of reference, mid-range estimates of
business-as-usual warming are currently around 7.2 degrees F. During
the last Ice Age, global temperatures were only 8.1 degrees F colder then they are today. Many climate scientists, I
would argue, believe that high-end warming (greater than 7.2 degrees F)
will likely impoverish much of humanity."
To read the full article,
Peddling Poison for Fun and Profit: How Executives' Greed
Destroyed the Economy
by Sam Pizzigati, February 11,
2011 for Alternet
"A quarter-century ago, in 1986, the biggest Wall
Street banker paycheck went to John Gutfreund,
the Salomon Brothers CEO. Gutfreund pulled in
$3.2 million. Two decades later, in 2006, Merrill Lynch CEO Stanley
O’Neal pocketed $91 million.
"To understand the 2008 Wall Street meltdown that
cratered the US economy, suggests the new final
report from the panel Congress appointed to probe the causes
of that crater, you need to understand this enormous pay explosion—and
the fierce incentive this explosion created for reckless and fraudulent
"How reckless and fraudulent? In the years that led
up to the 2008 meltdown, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission report
released late last month details, Wall Street’s top bankers and
financiers 'made, bought, and sold mortgage securities they never
examined, did not care to examine, or knew to be defective.'
"These same bankers borrowed, based on these
securities, tens of billions of dollars 'that had to be renewed each
and every night' and then traded these billions in totally unregulated,
semi-secret, financial 'derivative' gambles."
Read the full article at
Call for Papers and Sessions. Has War Gone Bust?
Peace, Conflict and the Global Financial Crisis. Conflict
Research Society Annual Conference of 2011.
The conference embraces theory, evidence and practice –
it invites presentation and discussion. It seeks to bring together
developments in the ‘real’ world and developments in academic
understanding… topical issues and enduring issues. Moreover, it recognizes
the existence of disagreement: concepts, theories and approaches can be
An initial expression of interest would be extremely
helpful. Contributions will be accepted on the basis of a 200-300 word
abstract which should be submitted – very preferably before March 31,
2011 - to Steve Pickering firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, see
Call for Papers. The 11th Jan Tinbergen European Peace Science
Conference, annual meeting of NEPS,
will take place on June 27—29 at the University of Amsterdam, The
The Jan Tinbergen Conference is interdisciplinary. There
will be continuing emphasis on research methods in peace science, but
also papers dealing with all aspects of the peace science field, from
pure abstract theory to practical applied research will be accepted. As
a guide to topics, please consider: (a) cooperation, deterrence,
alliances and games, (b) game and related theory, (c) contest theory,
(d) general equilibrium models of conflict and conflict management; (e)
economic policies to cope with actual and potential conflicts; (f)
mathematical approaches to conflict management, (g) mathematical models
of arms races and wars, (h) empirical studies on the causes of wars and
political violence; (i) the impact of conflicts and violence on
welfare; (j) public policy aspects of both war-torn and post-conflict
societies; (k) arms control, government spending and international
security; (l) trade disputes, trade wars and international economic
sanctions; (m) critical economic aspects of the global crises.
More information is
Call for Papers for the International
Conference "Defense and its Realms" to be held
April 14—15, 2011 ENSIETA, France. The purpose of this conference is to
identify the consequences of ongoing transformations on the “realms of
defense,” which are both its local footprints and the transformations
of defense as a social construct.
Rotary Peace Fellowship - now accepting applications!
The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for
the world-competitive Rotary Peace Fellowship. The fellowship provides
academic and practical training to prepare scholars for leadership
roles in solving conflicts around the world.
Up to 100 fellows are selected every year in a globally competitive
process based on personal, academic, and professional achievements.
Fellows earn a master’s-level degree or a professional development
certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers
at leading universities in Argentina, Australia, England, Japan, the
United States and Thailand.
The American Academy of Arts
and Sciences is now hiring a Program Associate for International
Security and Energy Policy Programs
The Academy seeks a Program Associate to support its
work on issues of Science and Global Security. The Academy’s Committee
on International Security Studies is undertaking a major integrative
project on the global nuclear future and energy policy. This is a
unique opportunity for a highly motivated individual to play a role in
significant intellectual projects involving some of the country’s most
outstanding scholars and practitioners. The Program Associate may also
work on other projects.
For more information about
this job position, see
Economics of Peace and
Security Journal Vol. 6, No 1 - On collective punishment, California water, and the
Austrian School is now
available online. Articles by Keisuke Nakao and
Sun-Ki Chai on criminal conflict and collective punishment; David Zetland on intra-organizational conflict: origin,
persistence, cost, and closure (parts I and II); and Christopher Westley, William L. Anderson, and Scott A. Kjar on War and the Austrian School: Mises and Hayek (part II of a series on war and the
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
subscription is $40; for EPS members, it's only $30! Non-subscribers
can access the abstracts and contents pages.
information about the Journal or to subscribe:
a member of EPS (and to qualify for the subscription
The "War in Afghanistan:
Problems and Prospects in the Wake of Karzai’s Visit" Symposium
Issue, EPS Quarterly, October 2010. This issue contains
summaries of the proceedings from the Bernard Schwartz symposium held
at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center,
Washington DC on May 17, 2010. The Symposium was organized by
Economists for Peace and Security and co-sponsored by The New America
Foundation, and The International Trade Center, Washington DC.
To read this issue of EPS
video of the symposium, see
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25 — 27, 2011.
The Eastern Economic Association's 37th Annual Conference will be
held at The Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, New York City.
information can be found at http://www.ramapo.edu/eea/2011/.
30 — 31, 2011. ACCO
Climate Change Leadership Series presents:
Defense, National Security & Climate Change: Mitigating Risks
and Seizing Opportunities in a Rapidly Changing Global Environment
in Washington DC.
http://www.ACCOonline.org/ccls/defense-march2011.html for details.
14 — 15, 2011. Defense and its
Realms, an international conference,
will be hosted by ENSIETA and the University of Western Brittany (UBO) on the ENSIETA
For more details, visit http://www.defense-realms.com/.
26 — 29, 2011. The 9th Biennial
Pacific Rim Conference will be held
in Brisbane, Australia, hosted by Queensland University
of Technology's School of Economics and Finance. Program
highlights include keynote addresses by Edward J. Kane, Boston
College, and WEAI President Paul A. David, Stanford
more information, go to http://www.weainternational.org/.
30 — June 1, 2011. International
Academic Conference on Behavioral Decision-making, hosted
by The Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy and
the New School of Psychology at IDC
(Interdisciplinary Center), Herzliya, Israel.
For more information,
16 — 19, 2011. 11th annual Netroots Nation conference
will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
http://www.netrootsnation.org/ to find out more.
16 — 17, 2011. Fifteenth Annual
Conference on Economics and Security will
be held in Bristol, UK, hosted by Economists for Peace
and Security (UK), University of West
England (Bristol), and University of Bristol.
information is available at http://carecon.org.uk/Conferences/Conf2011.
27 — 29, 2011. 11th Annual Jan
Tinbergen Peace Science Conference, organized
by the Network of European Peace Scientists, will be held at
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
For details, see http://www.europeanpeacescientists.org/jtinbergen.html.
29 — July 3, 2011. The 86th Annual
Conference of The Western Economics Association International
will be held in San Diego, California.
For more information,
go to http://www.weainternational.org/.
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