Today, there is no economic justification for nuclear
Where the New Deal meets
By Linda Bilmes and Shelby Chodos, for The Washington Post,
July 1, 2012
"Twenty-five years ago, President Ronald Reagan
angered many Democrats with a broad effort to eliminate red tape
and allow states discretion over federal grants. He called it the
New Federalism. A half-century earlier, President Franklin Roosevelt
angered many Republicans by using federal dollars to put millions back
to work through a variety of programs that became known as the New
"Although we think of these two presidents and
their initiatives as ideological opposites, there is no law of nature
(or of economics) that prevents us from combining their ideas to help
address the faltering economy today. A Reagan-Roosevelt approach—a sort
of decentralized recovery that sends money directly to the states—has
the best chance of putting people back to work and making America
Read the full article at
Top 5 Reasons Why Raising
the Minimum Wage Is Good for You and Me
It's smart economics and beneficial to society. What are we
By Marshall Auerback for Alternet
"In recent months, a number of states have again
taken the lead on measures to raise the minimum wage. Massachusetts is
moving toward a minimum of $10 per hour. Other measures are on the
table in New York, Illinois, New Jersey, Connecticut and Missouri.
Meanwhile Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is pressing for the federal minimum
wage to rise to $9.80 per hour by 2014.
"This is far more sensible policy than symbolic
nods to the left through gimmicks such as the so-called Buffett Rule,
which might raise new revenues from the mega-wealthy through taxes, but
will likely amount to very little because
gazillionaires can hire clever accountants to help them get around it.
No, we need policies that clearly do something for hard-working people
who have been clobbered by a financial crisis they didn’t create."
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In Other News
Economic Effects of
Reductions in Defense Outlays
Policy analysis By Benjamin Zycher for Cato,
August 8, 2012
"This study examines the prospective economic effects
of a reduction below the current baseline in defense outlays of $100
billion per year over 10 years.
"Several recent studies have attempted to estimate
the supposedly adverse economic and employment effects of reductions in
government spending generally, and defense outlays in particular. Such
studies have tended to exaggerate the harmful effects of spending cuts
and have ignored or understated the beneficial effects associated with
redirecting resources to more productive uses."
Read the full study here:
Guess What Percentage of Americans Know Military
Spending is Increasing
Americans are consistently misinformed about the amount
we spend on the military--and many don't like the truth when they hear
By David Swanson, for Alternet,
July 29, 2012
"And keep guessing some more, because pollsters are
unlikely to ask that question. A year and a half ago, a poll found
that Americans drastically underestimate how high US military spending
"This fits with consistent polling showing slim
majority support for cutting military spending, but strong support for
major military cuts when the people polled are told what the current
Setting aside, however, the absolute size of the US
military budget, its size in comparison to the rest of the world's
militaries, or its size in comparison to the rest of the federal
budget, are people able to process the fact that it's been growing
every year for the past 15 years — in the face of the steady news
reports that it's shrinking?"
To read more, see
Defense Contractor Time Machine: Less Spending, More
Jobs, Analysis Reveals
August 6, 2012 for Project
on Government Oversight
"For nearly a year, defense contractors have been
arguing that potential cuts in Pentagon spending could have a devastating
effect on jobs. If military spending is cut via the sequestration
mechanism outlined in last year’s Budget Control Act, more than 1
million jobs could be lost, an industry group has argued. The North
Carolina News and Observer reported that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
told a Fayetteville, NC audience on July 30 that the impact of
sequestration on employment would be so severe that it 'would be like
every major employer in my home state closing down at one time or
cutting their business in half.'
"Or would it? According to the Congressional
Budget Office, if the sequestration axe falls, the Department of
Defense's base budget would still be larger than it was in 2006
(adjusting for inflation).
"And, at the end of 2006, according to an analysis by
the Project On Government Oversight, the nation’s five top defense
contractors employed more people than they did at the end of
full story at
The Business of Peace
Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
"Peace studies are usually the domain of humanities
departments, earnest advocacy groups, and nonprofits, the Carnegie
Council among them. But this audio program looks at two groups with
tech sector roots who are looking to quantify and measure peace. Their
ultimate goal? To use that hard data to make the case that the private
sector should get into the peace business.
"This audio program first focuses on Steve
Killelea, an Australian surfer, IT entrepreneur, and poverty activist
turned peace advocate... A few years later, Killelea turned his
attention to peace, founding the Institute for Economics and Peace. He
brought his quantitative skills to bear by starting an indicator that
measures the peacefulness of different countries. It's called the
Global Peace Index.
"At Stanford's Peace Innovation Lab, researcher Mark
Nelson and lab director Margarita Quihuis are looking to get businesses
involved in encouraging peace. The way they see it, if members of
conflict-ridden groups interact in a positive way, it gets easier for
businesses to operate safely and profitably. So Nelson and Quihuis have
started tracking positive interactions across conflict borders on
Facebook and other social media, and they are looking for models to get
business owners involved on the ground."
To read the transcript of
the program, or listen to the audio recording, go to
Chief Executive Officer, The
The Elders is an independent group of eminent global leaders,
brought together by Nelson Mandela, who work together for peace and
human rights worldwide.
The Elders now seek a dynamic Chief Executive Officer to
support them in implementing their mission to advance peacebuilding and
human rights. (S)he will hold executive
responsibility for strategy, execution and resources and lead a small
team based in London.
Applicants should have a track record that combines
senior leadership with high integrity, credibility and experience in
the fields of international affairs, human rights and/or development.
An understanding of international policymaking and/or donor relations
management would be valuable.
For full details on this
Assistant, Associate or Full Professor – Conflict
Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
Portland State University’s
Conflict Resolution Graduate Program is seeking to expand its faculty
with a new hire who will bring wide ranging transnational experience.
Optimal candidates will be able to effectively bridge the
scholar/practitioner worlds and will have experience in the field, as
well as in the classroom. They are looking for candidates who are
conflict resolution scholars with a focus on peace studies, area of
specialization in peacebuilding process at the international level and
through international organizations, and with strong competence in
More information on the
position can be found at
The Economics of Peace and
Security Journal Vol. 7, No. 2 — On Afghanistan, Rwanda, Punjab
Does development assistance reduce violence? Evidence
Intimate partner violence, female employment, and
male backlash in Rwanda
Designing institutions for global security
Insurgency, crime, and agricultural labor
expenditure: Evidence from Punjab, 1978-1990
Analyzing the costs of military engagement
DE GROOT, Olaf J.
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- August 20, 2012 US Drones Policy: Strategic Frameworks and
Measuring Effects: a
fact-based discussion with leading experts on counterterrorism
about how we can better understand the effects and effectiveness
of America’s drone campaign hosted by the American Security Project.
more information about this ASP event, see
- September 18 — 20, 2012 Peace and
Conflict: an International Interdiscaplinary Conference hosted by the Conflict Research Society and
The Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies at Coventry University.
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.
The 2012 conference carries forward the work of the annual
conferences that have been running since 2003. The Tuesday
and Wednesday constitute the core of the conference and follow the
pattern of previous years. New this year is the Thursday which is
for those who have a special interest in the scientific study of
peace and conflict.
about the conference are at
- October 19 — 20, 2012 Conflict Studies
Conference: The New Generation of Ideas, Ninth Biennial Graduate
Student Conference organized by the UMass Boston
Graduate Programs in Conflict Resolution, Conflict Studies.
The New Generation of Ideas brings together graduate students from
a variety of fields to present their work and share ideas. Since
1996, graduate students and recent graduates from universities
across the United States, Canada, and numerous other countries
have gathered in Boston for this biennial event.
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- October 26 — 27, 2012 Twenty-Third BREAD
Conference on Development Economics,
sponsored by University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, (Department of
Business Economics and Public Policy, Ross School of Business;
Department of Economics; Ford School of Public Policy;
International Policy Center, Ford School; Population Studies
Center, Institute for Social Research; and William Davidson
Institute) Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of
Development (BREAD) and Hewlett Foundation at the University of
Michigan, Ann Arbor.
the full program here:
- December 3 — 4, 2012 The 8th Annual
Households in Conflict Network Workshop and 2nd AMSE Economic
Development Conference, jointly organized by the
Aix-Marseille School of Economics and the Households in Conflict
Network, will take place in Aix-en-Provence France.
This year’s workshop will have a focus on the relationship between
violent conflict and socio-economic development. Submissions that
address key issues in conflict and economic development analysis
are invited, as well as submissions from other disciplines on the
usual HiCN topics around the empirical analysis of violent
conflict from a micro-level perspective. Theoretical papers about
violent conflict issues are also welcome. Submissions should be in
English, and be completed but unpublished papers. Submissions by
early stage researchers are encouraged.
information and calls for papers can be found at either of these
- December 18 — 19, 2012 Fourth Conference on Conflict Management Peace
Economics and Peace Science hosted in
cooperation with Mahatma Gandhi Center for Conflict Prevention and
Management - Department of Sociology, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi
Vidyapith, Varanasi (UP), India Binghamton University, State
University of New York at Binghamton at Mahatma Gandhi Kashi
Vidyapith, Varanasi (UP), India.
more information about the conference, contact
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(U.P.), India -
- January 4 — 6, 2013 The ASSA/AEA
Annual Meetings will be held in San Diego, CA.
EPS will be hosting two sessions during the Annual Meetings, as
well as hosting a dinner in Honor of EPS Vice-Chair Michael
Is War Over? The Economics of National Security
after Iraq and Afghanistan
Moderator: Michael Lind (New America Foundation)
Linda Bilmes (Harvard University)
Richard Kaufman (Bethesda Research Institute)
Lloyd J. Dumas (University of Texas at Dallas)
J. Paul Dunne (University of Cape Town)
Up from Here? Challenges and Barriers to Recovery
from the Crisis
Moderator: James K. Galbraith (University of Texas at
Kenneth Arrow (Stanford University)
Robert Gordon (Northwestern University)
Eric Laursen (Independent Journalist)
Yanis Varoufakis (University of Athens)
information about our involvement at past ASSA/AEA Annual Meetings at
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