The goal toward
which all history tends is peace, not peace through the medium of war,
not peace through a process of universal intimidation, not peace
through a program of mutual impoverishment, not peace by any means that
leaves the world too weak or too frightened to go on fighting, but
peace pure and simple based on that will to peace which has animated
the overwhelming majority of mankind through countless ages. This will
to peace does not arise out of a cowardly desire to preserve one's life
and property, but out of conviction that the fullest development of the
highest powers of men can be achieved only in a world of
~Robert Maynard Hutchins
FEDERAL SPENDING AND THE RECOVERY
A Statement by Directors, Trustees and Fellows of
Economists for Peace and Security
The budget adopted by the House of Representatives on
February 19, 2011 does not make economic sense and is likely to do more
harm than good. First, the rationale for the measure is based on a
false premise. Secondly, the budget cuts being proposed will impede and
may end the recovery. If the recovery fails, unemployment will increase
and the financial crisis could re-emerge.
The premise that the US government is broke is false.
The US government has never defaulted and will not default on any of
its financial obligations. Deficit spending is normal for a great
industrial nation with a managed currency, and it has been our normal
economic condition throughout the past century. History proves, and
sensible economic theory confirms, that in recessions, increased
federal spending – not balancing the budget – is the tried and true way
to return to a path of sustained growth and high employment.
Eliminating waste in government spending is desirable.
But that is not what the House proposes; indeed the House budget failed
to address the largest waste in federal government, namely in the
military, and the House failed to remove our most egregious subsidies,
such as to oil companies. To adopt a policy of deep budget cuts at this
stage of recovery is to surrender to irrational fears in the service of
a political, not an economic, agenda.
As economists, as citizens, and as long-time critics of
waste in government, we call on the Senate to reject the House proposal
and to craft an alternative that places first priority on sustaining
economic recovery and on dealing with the country's true economic and
social problems, which include unemployment, home foreclosures, the
fiscal crisis of states and cities, our infrastructure needs, energy
security and climate change.
To read the full statement
with current signators, see
EPS signs budget priorities letter
Congress is in the midst of an epic budget battle.
Drastic funding cuts are proposed for vital programs like education and
health care, while the bloated Pentagon budget grows. This is the time
to weigh in about our nation’s budget priorities! Join the growing
coalition of voices calling for sensible budget priorities that
restrain excessive military spending.
WAND is joining with
organizations nationwide to circulate an annual budget letter which
calls on Congress to cut excessive military spending and support smart
budget priorities. We invite any
organizations that you know — community, religious, human needs,
environmental, women’s organizations and others — to sign onto this letter to Congress. The letter will be
delivered to all members of Congress by the end of next month
Read the letter 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
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, visit http://carecon.org.uk/Conferences/Conf2011 or contact J. Paul
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 http://www.epsusa.org/events/1010conf/ssprogram.htm.
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Straus Military Reform Project:
The Pentagon Labyrinth
The Pentagon Labyrinth aims to help both newcomers and seasoned observers learn
how to grapple with the problems of national defense. Intended for
readers who are frustrated with the superficial nature of the debate on
national security, this handbook takes advantage of the insights of ten
unique professionals, each with decades of experience in the armed
services, the Pentagon bureaucracy, Congress, the intelligence
community, military history, journalism and other disciplines.
More information about the
handbook is available here:
The Human Security Report Project announces a new
website to host the popular Afghanistan Conflict Monitor and Pakistan
The Conflict Monitors provide concise and current
information on peace and security issues in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Each Monitor is a comprehensive knowledge hub that contains the best
available news, research, and data.
Visit the new website at http://www.conflictmonitors.org/.
In Other News
Gang warfare in the Senate
The Deficit Gang of Six is bipartisan but one-sided
By Darrell Delamaide, March 9, 2011 for Market Watch
"A bipartisan group of half a dozen senators is
embarking on a road show to alert the American public to a coming
'financial Armageddon' as the Senate is mired in a stalemate over the
"Bipartisan, of course, does not mean balanced. The
three Republican members of the new Gang of Six are among the most
conservative members of the world’s greatest deliberative body. Two of
the three Democratic members are certified deficit hawks."
To read the full article,
Peacebuilding That Pays Off
by Anthony C. Zinni, March 7, 2011 for The New York Times
"In voting last month to eliminate financing for
the United States Institute of Peace, members of the House of
Representatives did not do their research. You will find the institute’s
competent work behind practically every American success in Iraq and
Afghanistan. It has undertaken missions from the Balkans and Sudan to
the Philippines and Somalia, where I supported the institute’s efforts
to mediate conflicts, promote the rule of law and encourage
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 contested.
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 email@example.com.
For more information, see http://www.conflictresearchsociety.org.uk/activities.html.
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
available at www.europeanpeacescientists.org/jtinbergen.html.
Funding & Employment
The World Conference of Religions for Peace is now hiring
a Conflict and Child Protection Program Manager.
Religions for Peace, the world’s largest and most
representative multi-religious coalition that works to advance peace,
and UNICEF, the United Nation’s agency mandated to promote and protect
children’s rights, are in a unique partnership designed to strengthen
the engagement of religious communities, particularly inter-religious
mechanisms, and child protection actors to work in partnership to
enhance the protection of children affected by conflict. Religions for
Peace and UNICEF seek a uniquely qualified person to manage the
program. The selected candidate will be seated in and administratively
supervised by Religions for Peace, with technical supervision shared
The Connect US Fund
is seeking a Program Coordinator, World Resources Institute.
The Development Department of the World Resources
Institute (WRI) is seeking a dynamic, energetic, highly motivated
person to fill the position of Development Coordinator. This position
will provide programmatic and administrative support to staff managing
government sector partnerships and funding (including US government,
foreign aid agencies, and multilateral organizations). This position
provides a valuable growth opportunity to learn about environment and
development policy, institutional and fundraising strategy, and donor
cultivation and stewardship. The ideal candidate will be comfortable
working in a fast-paced department with multiple projects, activities,
and deadlines that require the ability to juggle competing priorities.
S/he will be very detail-oriented, a quick study and possess excellent
A full description of the
position is at http://www.connectusfund.org/resources/program-coordinator-world-resources-institute.
Other job listings
for Connect US Fund can be found at
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 Austrian School).
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
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: http://www.epsjournal.org.uk/.
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 http://www.epsusa.org/events/510conf/afghanprogram.htm.
Friends Committee on
National Legislation: 10 Days
to Cut Pentagon Spending
Right now, your senators are hammering out the details
of legislation that would cut tens of billions of dollars in US
government spending. No serious proposals are on the table in the
Senate to make significant cuts in Pentagon spending. Instead, senators
are preparing to accept proposals that would slash funding for programs
that create jobs, help people living in poverty, and work to prevent
Your phone calls to senate offices in the next 10 days
could help persuade senators to make significant cuts in Pentagon
spending that would free up money for other priorities.
information, visit http://www.fcnl.org/action/alert.htm
Get the word out on the topics
that matter most to you! The ACLU has a
tool that helps write and send letters to local papers. With such a
letter, you can help bring your message not only to your neighbors but
directly to the offices of your Members of Congress, where staffers and
our lawmakers themselves follow opinions from
home with an especially watchful eye.
list of media outlets by state, with tips on how to write a letter in
your own words plus talking points for the listed topics, see
Do 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.
To access the Foreign Policy
Staffer Locator, go to
If you would like to post an EPS flyer on a
departmental bulletin board or similar venue, please contact Thea
Harvey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
more information, see http://www.ACCOonline.org/ccls/defense-march2011.html
30 — April 1, 2011.
TRANSCEND-USA in collaboration with TRANSCEND International present
their 2nd annual conference.This year’s topic will be Transcending
Borders: Canada, Mexico, and the United States. They will be
exploring narratives for future cross border engagement
collaboration and policy debate. The symposium will be held at the
University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
more information,visit http://www.internationalpeaceandconflict.org/events/event/show?id=780588%3AEvent%3A382720&xgs=1&xg_source=msg_share_event
6, 2011. The Institute for Economics and Peace
(IEP) cordially invites you to attend the release of the
inaugural United States Peace Index at the National
Press Club, Holeman Lounge 529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20045.
more information, see http://uspeaceindex.eventbrite.com/
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
are available at 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.
more information, visit https://portal.idc.ac.il/en/schools/Government/events/dm/Pages/homepage.aspx.
10 — 11, 2011. The 4th International
Summit on Conflict Resolution Education
will be held in Cleveland, Ohio. The 4th International Conference
on CRE is an opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary
collaboration and research on issues related to the development of
infrastructure in CRE. Presentations will focus on innovations in
the fields that are making broad impacts in local, state,
national, and international communities.
are available at http://www.creducation.org/cre/global_cre/about_global_networ/4th_intl_cre_summit_2011/.
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.
16 - 19, 2011. 11th annual
Netroots Nation conference will be held in
more information, see http://www.netrootsnation.org/.
27 — 29, 2011. 11th Annual Jan
Tinbergen Peace Science
by the Network of European Peace Scientists, will be held at
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
For details,visit 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.
are available at http://www.weainternational.org/.
6 — 7, 2011. Conflict Research Society
Annual Conference will be held at the
Richardson Institute for Conflict and Peace Research, Lancaster
University, UK. The theme for this year's conference is Has War Gone Bust?
Peace, Conflict and the Global Financial Crisis.
more information, go to http://www.crs2011.org/index.php.
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