NewsNotes                                    

May 2011

 

 

 

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The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

 

~Martin Luther King

 

 

 

Table of Contents

EPS News

Links

In Other News

Funding & Employment Opportunities

EPS Publications

Action Corner

Upcoming Events

How Can I Help?

 

 

EPS News 

 

Fifteenth Annual International Conference on Economics and Security
June 16 - 17, 2011, Burwalls Centre, University of Bristol, Clifton, Bristol UK

 

Hosted by EPS (UK), The University of the West of England, the University of Bristol. Registration forms are available, early bird registration deadline is May 20. 

 

For more information or for registration forms, see

http://carecon.org.uk/Conferences/Conf2011/.

 

 

 

Reassessing The Cost Of The Post-9/11 Era, Post Bin Laden

By Dan Froomkin, May 11, 2011. For The Huffington Post

 

"Osama bin Laden's death doesn’t end the post-9/11 era, but it does provide an occasion to look back at everything that’s happened since the attacks nearly 10 years ago and reassess the costs."

 

"It’s been a long, grueling and enormously expensive time for this country, a time of endless war and massive fortification, of borrowed money and of missed opportunities."

 

"There’s the human toll. More than twice as many Americans - over 6,000 - have now died in the two wars that followed 9/11 than did in the original attacks, along with more than 100,000 Iraqis and Afghans. Over three million Iraqis and 400,000 Afghans remain displaced. Several hundred thousand U.S. soldiers suffer from long-term war-related injuries and health problems, with more than 200,000 diagnosed with traumatic brain injury alone."

 

Read the full article at

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/11/reassessing-the-cost-of-9-11-bin-laden_n_860186.html.

 

 

 

Crisis in the States and Cities: What Should Be Done?

An EPS Bernard Schwartz Symposium

 

States and cities face tax increases and sharp cuts in vital public services, with likely harsh effects on economic activity and competitiveness going forward.

 

This public symposium on April 12, organized by EPS, discussed the budget crises faced by state and local governments including cuts to social services and increasing taxes. Will budget cuts help, as some claim or hurt, as others believe the economies of affected jurisdictions and the country?

The panelists presented action plans for a federal role, including revenue sharing, and the possible federalization of Medicaid.

 

Crisis in the States and Cities: What Should Be Done? was hosted by Economists for Peace and Security; Bernard Schwartz; and the New America Foundation.

 

 

For transcripts, video, and photos of the event, go to
http://www.epsusa.org/events/411conf/statecrisisprogram.htm.

 

 

 

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EPS now has a group page on LinkedIn. If this is your preferred social network, check in with us at www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2009987&trk=anetsrch_name&goback=.gdr_1263369639671_1.

 

 

 

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http://www.facebook.com/pages/Economists-for-Peace-and-Security/114370951337.

 

 

 

Links

 

The Moral Equivalent of War: A Short-Term Program for Energy Security. 

Roosevelt Institute Campus Network

 

"Amidst devastating oil shocks, President Carter first warned the nation of the impending energy catastrophe facing the United States. More than three decades later, relative inaction by policy-makers has only exacerbated this insecurity."

 

"Embracing the urgency of the issue, the Defense and Diplomacy Center of the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network has initiated The Moral Equivalent of War project. The intent of the program is to break the stalemate in Washington and deliver a series of short-term, politically moderate policies. The policies will be designed to immediately attenuate the energy and environmental threats facing the United States, and to promote future political action."

 

To learn more about the project, see

http://www.rooseveltcampusnetwork.org/policy-center/16/moral-equivalent-war-short-term-program-energy-security.

 

 

 

Economic Policy Institute's Economy Track

An interactive look at the US labor market

 

Economy Track adds context to current unemployment levels and other economic data through a series of interactive charts that are both in-depth and user-friendly. Click on charts to understand the story behind the numbers or to get some historic or demographic perspective on the current economy.

 

View the charts at

http://www.economytrack.org/mainchart_1.php?_tab=out.

 

 

 

In Other News

 

A National Security Strategy That Doesn’t Focus on Threats 

By Jim Dwyer, May 3, 2011. For The New York Times

 

"Here’s a proposition: The death of Osama bin Laden brings a moment to talk about something other than threats — not because they don’t exist, but because for the country to see and speak of nothing else is mortally dangerous."

 

"So listen for a moment to two military strategists, working at the highest level of government, as they turn to the subject of leaky air-conditioners in government buildings in New York. 'Poorly fitted air-conditioners cost New York City 130 to 180 million dollars a year in extra energy consumption,' one of the strategists, Capt. Wayne Porter of the Navy, said Tuesday. 'They generate 370,525 extra tons of carbon dioxide."

 

To read the full article, visit

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/04/nyregion/a-strategy-for-national-security-focused-on-sustainability.html?_r=1&emc=eta1.

 

 

 

World not prepared for climate conflicts - security experts

By Laurie Goering, April 28, 2011 for AlertNet

 

"Accelerating climate change and competition for limited supplies of water, food and energy are poised to ignite long-simmering conflicts in fragile states, monopolising the world's military resources and hampering development efforts, security experts say."

"Defusing these new 21st century conflicts – or at least preparing governments and citizens to cope with them – will require a broad range of innovative interventions, a gathering at Britain's Department for International Development (DFID) heard earlier this month."

"Mitigation measures include borrowing business risk-management strategies, getting military officials to talk publicly about the constraints they face, building capable institutions in unstable countries, and ensuring billions in climate aid go to the right places and aren't lost to corruption, experts said."

 

Read the full article at

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/world-not-prepared-for-climate-conflicts-security-experts.

 

 

 

Call for Papers

DIW Berlin and the Economics of Security Initiative invite submissions for a one-day workshop on The Economics of Walls on November 9, 2011 to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

 

At the workshop DIW would like to discuss the economic determinants, functions and impacts of walls from both a microeconomic and macroeconomic perspective.

 

More information is available at

http://www.diw.de/en/diw_01.c.372194.en/publications_and_events/events/calendar/calendar.html.

 

 

 

Funding & Employment Opportunities

 

Graduate Program Manager, Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame 

 

The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame (kroc.nd.edu) is searching for a Graduate Program Manager.  The Graduate Program Manager administers the Kroc Institute's MA and PhD programs. The MA program enrolls approximately 40 students, many of whom are international students. Students in the program spend five months completing an internship at field site locations around the world. The PhD program will grow to an enrollment of 20-25 students over the next few years.

 

The full job description can be found at 

http://jobs.nd.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56845.

 

 

 

The Institute for Economics and Peace has partnered with Monash University to establish the first ever Research Chair in Peace Economics.

 

Monash University is seeking an outstanding appointee to provide academic leadership and fulfill the role of the IEP Research Chair in Peace Economics. This senior research position focuses on the relationship between economics and positive peace-building outcomes for the global challenges of today.


The successful appointee will be an international-level researcher who can provide strong leadership in peace economics, foster excellence in research and be an inspiring communicator. Specifically, the Chair will be an acknowledged expert in some or all of the fields of: econometrics and development economics, peace and conflict studies.

 

Working closely with the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) this position will have a dual reporting line to the Dean, Faculty of Arts and the Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics, to promote collaboration and foster cross-disciplinary research. The IEP Research Chair in Peace Economics will play a leading and coordinating role in promoting research aimed at better understanding causal links for peace, and consequences of peace.

 

Full job listing is available at

http://jobs.monash.edu.au/jobDetails.asp?sJobIDs=495508&sKeywords=senior+research+position
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Connect US Fund is now hiring a Fissile Materials Working Group Coordinator.

 

The Fissile Materials Working Group Coordinator (FMWG Coordinator) is a full-time, six-month position responsible for managing the process and substance relating to the successful implementation of the FMWG’s strategic plan. After two successful years, the FMWG is in a position to think strategically about its role in the FM policymaking community and the FMWG Coordinator will be expected to take the lead in working with the Steering Committee on that process. The FMWG Coordinator will facilitate communication among members of the FMWG and the Steering Committee, and with identified stakeholders in the FM community, as well as build bridges with the US Government, international partners, and the nuclear industry.


To see the full listing, visit

http://connectusfund.org/resources/connect-us-fund-fissile-materials-working-group-coordinator.

 

 

 

The Training and Mobility Network for the Economic Analysis of Conflict (TAMNEAC) is currently recruiting Early Stage Researchers (ESR) and Experienced Researchers (ER) in Development Economics.

 

The overall objective of the Training and Mobility Network for the Economic Analysis of Conflict (TAMNEAC) is to train a young generation of professionals and researchers in tackling the challenges associated with mass violent conflict in developing countries. This training will range from rigorous research methods to knowledge-based policy responses and program implementation in conflict-affected countries.

TAMNEAC analyses the drivers, forms and socio-economic consequences of various types of mass violent conflict, including war, from an economic perspective, as well as the risk management strategies of individuals and households to cope with conflict.

 

Read the full listing here

http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.363130.en.

 

 

 

EPS Publications 

 

The Annual Budget Issue, EPS Quarterly, March 2011. In this issue EPS takes on conservatives' and Tea Partiers' loud cries for cuts in federal spending. We bring you two pieces, from a self-described conservative and two libertarians, joining their voices in asking for defense cuts along with any other belt-tightening measures.To assist in sorting out the defense budget and its relative merits, we are happy to include brief excerpts from the new handbook-guide to the Defense Department, "The Pentagon Labyrinth: 10 Short Essays to Help You Through It," from the Strauss Military Reform Project. This issue also contains several pieces which examine the Obama administration’s policies and processes. On the back cover of this issue is our Statement on Federal Spending and the Recovery, released February 28.

 

Read this issue of EPS Quarterly at

http://www.epsusa.org/publications/newsletter/2011/mar2011/mar2011.html.

 

 

 

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).

 

Contents

Criminal conflict as collective punishment

NAKAO, Keisuke and Sun-Ki CHAI

 

Intra-organizational conflict: Origin and cost

ZETLAND, David

 

How markets can end persistent intra-organizational conflict

ZETLAND, David

 

War and the Austrian School: Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich von Hayek

WESTLEY, Christopher, ANDERSON, William L, and Scott A. KJAR

 

 

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.

For more information about the Journal or to subscribe:

http://www.epsjournal.org.uk/.
To become a member of EPS (and to qualify for the subscription discount):

http://www.epsusa.org/membership/membership.htm.

 

 

 

 

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 Quarterly, see

http://www.epsusa.org/publications/newsletter/2010/oct2010/oct2010.pdf.
To watch video of the symposium, see
http://www.epsusa.org/events/510conf/afghanprogram.htm.

 

 

 

Action Corner 

 

HR 1735, the Afghanistan Exit and Accountability Act.

 

A bipartisan group of Representatives introduced the Afghanistan Exit and Accountability Act, HR 1735, requiring the Obama Administration to present an exit strategy for US forces from Afghanistan.

 

After nearly ten years, a death toll of over 1,500 US soldiers, and with Americans struggling to afford basic necessities, it is clear that we cannot afford this costly war. As Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) stated, “The war in Afghanistan adds $100 billion a year – $2 billion each week, $8 billion each month to our debt. We’re told that we can’t afford vital domestic funding, but we should continue to borrow billions and billions of dollars for nation-building in Afghanistan. That’s nuts.  Instead, we should be doing some more nation-building right here at home.”

 

H.R. 1735 calls on President Obama to provide Congress with a timeframe and completion date for the transition of US military presence in Afghanistan. The plan also must outline human and financial costs of continuing the war and the estimated savings of ending the war within 6 months.

 

Read the full text of HR 1735 here
http://www.wandactioncenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/HR1735.pdf.

To contact your representative in support of the Afghanistan Exit and Accountability Act, see

http://capwiz.com/wand/issues/alert/?alertid=45649516.

 

 

 

 

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.

For a 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

http://action.aclu.org/site/PageServer?pagename=LTE_SOTU_2007&JServSessionIdr001=3bu4 9o8t91.app20a.

 

 

 

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

http://globalsolutions.org/hill/fpstaff.

 

 

 

If you would like to post an EPS flyer on a departmental bulletin board or similar venue, please contact Thea Harvey at theaharvey@epsusa.org.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events
 

 

  • May 26, 2011. Global Peace Index Discussion at the United Nations, Peace and Social Sustainability: What Peace Metrics Can Tell Us about Resilient Societies. Thursday, May 26, 2011, 1:15pmn - 3:00pm, United Nations Headquarters, NLB Building, Conference Room 7, Visitors entrance at 45th Street and 1st Avenue New York, NY.

    With the world facing mounting economic, social, environmental, and political pressures in the coming decades, research from five years of the Global Peace Index (GPI) will help shape the debate around how nations can create the optimal environment to handle these growing challenges.

    The panel will discuss the results of the 2011 GPI and will explore the societal structures that make diverse countries peaceful and resilient.

    Further details at
    http://2011gpiny.eventbrite.com/?ref=enivtefor&invite=OTE0OTAxL2VsbGlld2FycmVuQGVwc3VzYS5vcmcvMA%3D%3D%0A&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformal&utm_term=eventpage.
  • June 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.

    Details are available a

    http://www.creducation.org/cre/global_cre/about_global_network/4th_intl_cre_summit_2011/.
  • June 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.

    More information is available at
    http://carecon.org.uk/Conferences/Conf2011.
  • June 24 - 25, 2011.  Department of International Economics 2011Conference on Development Economics and Policy, hosted by the KfW Development Bank and DIW Berlin - German Institute for Economic Research. The keynote speeches will be delivered by Alan Winters (Sussex University and Chief Economist at DFID) and Eliana La Ferrara (Bocconi University, Italy).

    For full details, please refer to
    www2.vwl.wiso.uni-goettingen.de/ael/index.htm
    .
  • June 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 more details, visit

    http://www.europeanpeacescientists.org/jtinbergen.html.
  • June 29 - July 1, 2011. 8th International Conference Developments in Economic Theory and Policy.

    The Department of Applied Economics V of the University of the Basque Country and the Cambridge Centre for Economic and Public Policy, Department of Land Economy, of the University of Cambridge, are organizing the 8th International Conference Developments in Economic Theory and Policy. The Conference will be held in Bilbao (Spain).

    For more information, see
    http://www.conferencedevelopments.com/.
  • June 29 - July 3, 2011.  The 86th Annual Conference of The Western Economics Association International will be held in San Diego, California.

    Details are available at
    http://www.weainternational.org/.
  • September 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.

    For more information, go to
    http://www.crs2011.org/index.php
    .
  • November 11 - 13, 2011. ICAPE's 3rd international research conference, Re-thinking economics in a time of economic distress will be held at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, MA.

    The 2007-08 financial crisis and subsequent economic downturn have raised many questions about how well prevailing economic approaches identify and explain pressing economic problems and suggest sound ways to solve them. Exploring what needs to change in economics and identifying productive paths forward are the central themes of The International Confederation of Associations for Pluralism in Economics 3rd international research conference.

    Full details about the conference are available at
    http://www.icape.org/conferences.html
    .

 

 

 

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