Fifteenth Annual International Conference on Economics
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
Reassessing The Cost Of The Post-9/11 Era, Post Bin
By Dan Froomkin, May 11, 2011.
"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
"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
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
For transcripts, video, and
photos of the event, go to
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The Moral Equivalent of War: A Short-Term Program for
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
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Moral Equivalent of War project. The intent of the program
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to immediately attenuate the energy and environmental threats facing
the United States, and to promote future political action."
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In Other News
A National Security Strategy That Doesn’t Focus on
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
To read the full article,
World not prepared for climate conflicts - security
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
"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
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
Graduate Program Manager, Kroc Institute, University of
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
The full job description can
be found at
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.
the full listing, visit
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
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
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
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:
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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
HR 1735, the Afghanistan Exit and Accountability Act.
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
To contact your
representative in support of the Afghanistan Exit and Accountability Act, see
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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.
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 a
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
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).
full details, please refer to
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.
more details, visit
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).
more information, see
29 - July 3, 2011. The 86th Annual Conference
of The Western Economics Association International will
be held in San Diego, California.
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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
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.
details about the conference are available at
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