The day is
not far off when the economic problem will take the back seat where it
belongs, and the arena of the heart and the head will be occupied or
reoccupied, by our real problems — the problems of life and of
human relations, of creation and behavior and religion.
~John Maynard Keynes
17th Annual International
Conference on Economics and Security, Stockholm, June 14 —
SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute)
is pleased to announce the 17th Annual International Conference on
Economics and Security. The conference is co-organized by SIPRI and
Economists for Peace and Security. The conference program will
include research papers selected based on the call for
proposals, with a mix of plenary
sessions and parallel workshop streams on particular research areas.
Some of these sessions will seek to bring together SIPRI researchers
and conference participants on issues related to SIPRI’s areas of
Further information about
the conference can be found here:
The Financial Legacy of Iraq and Afghanistan: How
Wartime Spending Decisions Will Constrain Future National Security
A Working Paper by EPS
Fellow Linda Bilmes
The Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, taken together, will
be the most expensive wars in US history — totaling somewhere
between $4 and $6 trillion. This includes long-term medical care
and disability compensation for service members, veterans and families,
military replenishment, and social and economic costs. The largest
portion of that bill is yet to be paid. Since 2001, the US has expanded
the quality, quantity, availability and eligibility of benefits for military
personnel and veterans. This has led to unprecedented growth in the
Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense budgets.
These benefits will increase further over the next 40 years.
Additional funds are committed to replacing large quantities
of basic equipment used in the wars and to support ongoing diplomatic
presence and military assistance in the Iraq and Afghanistan region.
The large sums borrowed to finance operations in Iraq and Afghanistan
will also impose substantial long-term debt servicing costs. As a
consequence of these wartime spending choices, the United States will
face constraints in funding investments in personnel and diplomacy,
research and development, and new military initiatives. The legacy of
decisions taken during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will dominate
future federal budgets for decades to come.
Read the full paper at:
EPS Quarterly is celebrating 25 years
The current issue of EPS
Quarterly celebrates its Silver Anniversary
Volume 1, Number 1, published in spring of 1989, noted
that our young organization had over 100 members in five countries. EPS
now has over 1000 members in 52 countries. That first issue also
announced our first international affiliate; today, there are EPS
affiliates in 16 countries.
Over the last 25 years, our organization has brought you
not only news of EPS, but also thought-provoking articles, sometimes
devoting entire issues to specific topics.
While much has changed in the last 25 years, the
need for rigorous economic peace research and substantive exploration
of security issues remains.
In commemoration of this
Silver Anniversary of the EPS Quarterly, all of our available
newsletters from the past 25 years have been posted on our website.
Please enjoy them at http://epsusa.org/publications/newsletter/newsletter.htm.
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In Other News
Obama's New Treasury Secretary Pushes Austerity That
Spreads Global Misery
Lew spends Spring Break in Europe with fellow austerity
hawks who promote harmful economic nonsense.
By William K. Black, April 10,
2013, for Alternet
"The two most revealing sentences about the
gratuitous Eurozone disaster — the creation of the deepening über-Depression — were reported today. The
context (rich in irony) is that US Treasury Secretary Lew spent his
Spring Break in Europe meeting with his counterparts. The Wall Street Journal
article’s title explains Lew’s mission and its failure: ‘US
Anti-Austerity Push Gets Cool Reception in Europe.’ Here are the
sentences that capture so well why Germany’s destructive economic
policies caused the über-Depression: ‘Nobody
in Europe sees this contradiction between fiscal policy consolidation
and growth,’ said Mr. Schäuble. ‘We have a
growth-friendly process of consolidation.’
"Wolfgang Schäuble is
Germany’s finance minister. ‘Fiscal consolidation’ is his
euphemism for austerity. ‘Austerity’ is an infamous word to
tens of millions of Europeans. ‘Growth-friendly’ is his euphemism for
causing the über-Depression. I
have explained in a recent column that current unemployment rates
in the European periphery are often multiples of the average
unemployment rates in large European nations from 1930-1938.
Current unemployment rates in the UK and France are broadly comparable
to their average unemployment rates in 1930-1938."
The entire article can be
For the price of the Iraq War, the US could have gotten
halfway to a renewable power system
April 8, 2013 by
"Discussions of how to respond to climate change
often involve Very Large Numbers — the needed investments to transition
to a fully renewable energy system are in the hundreds of billions. The
brain sort of shuts down when it encounters numbers like that. They are
too big to fathom. The one thing that does seem true about them is that
nobody’s ever going to spend that kind of money on anything. Right? It
"So I always enjoy it when someone comes along to provide
some perspective, a comparison that can give us context and help us see
the numbers afresh. Today, wind analyst Paul Gipe
asks, how much renewable energy could we have gotten from what we spent
on the Iraq War?
total cost of the Iraq War, including future costs to care for
veterans, is $2.2 trillion. If we include the interest we have to pay
on the debt we used to finance the war, that
figure rises to $3.9 trillion by 2053."
The full article is
Call for Papers: Leadership for Peace and Prosperity
The University of San Diego's Ahlers
Center for International Business and the Center for Peace and
Commerce, along with the Institute for Economics and Peace, invite
paper submissions for the 2013 Leadership for Peace and Prosperity
Conference, to be held at the University of San Diego on October 3—5, 2013.
This conference provides a forum for sharing best
practices, research and insight on the dynamic nexus of conflict,
violence, sustainable peace and business. Papers will be considered
that present theoretical and applied, empirical research on the following
broad topics (including but not limited to): peace and business,
recognizing the economic and social benefits of peace, the role that
business can play in developing a more peaceful society and
contributing toward peace, conducting business in zones of conflict and
post-conflict areas, how managers balance corporate risk exposure in
conflict-sensitive zones, business benefits of peace, how business
contributes to social resilience and/or less violence in their service
communities, peace metrics, and current practices of involving business
in peace efforts.
The goal of this conference is to have both business
practitioners and academics come together to discover and discuss ideas
related to the nexus between business and sustainable peace. Business
has an important role in securing a peaceful society; similarly, the
existence of conflict or violence can impact the viability and
sustainability of business. To encourage the inclusion of these topics
in the classroom, cases on peace and prosperity — from various academic
disciplines including those in management, development, peace economics
and peace studies — are encouraged and will be eligible for the
teaching case awards.
For more information about
this call for papers, see
Call for papers: Second Annual
International Association for Peace and Conflict Studies Conference: Peace
Conference will be held at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response
Institute, University of Manchester, UK
under-discussed in relation to peace, peacebuilding,
and statebuilding, yet it often shapes the
types of, and extent of, peace and its architecture. State-centric
perspectives of power still predominate in International Relations, as
do views of power linked to physical violence, official institutions,
and the Weberian state. Power and its
relationship with peace is rarely made explicit, let alone
disaggregated. There is often something mysterious about these notions
of power as they rest on vague — yet persistent and widely
respected — notions of interests and sovereignty, markets,
institutions and legitimacy, or rights and needs. Away from these
official perspectives, power can be hidden and unseen. It often
operates at the sub-state level, circulating through different types of
local or subaltern, and often critical, agency. Recent interest in
local agency, hybrid forms of peace, resistance, and resilience make it
necessary to engage more fully with the concept of power, and with
power-relations, in peace and conflict studies.
Details on this call
for papers are at
for the Study of the Cuban Economy has launched a new Blog.
Edited by Ernesto Hernández-Catá
and Luis R. Luis
ASCE has decided to launch its very own blog, a project
headed up by Luis Luis and Ernesto Hernández-Catá. The blog is hosted on the ASCE website
and features economic analysis by a revolving cadre of ASCE members.
This blog consists of commentary and analysis on current
events in the Cuban economy by members and friends of the Association
for the Study of the Cuban Economy.
Visit the blog here:
Exactly Where Your 2012 Taxes Went
National Priorities Project Tax Day
On April 15, 2013, your federal income tax return is due
to the IRS. Have you ever wondered where all that money goes? Here's
how the federal government spent each one of your income tax dollars in
For more details, go to
Funding & Employment
Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Reconciliation
Sarajevo School of Science and Technology
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Political Science and International Relations
Department of SSST University has launched a new Master’s Program in
Conflict Analysis and Reconciliation (CAR). The program will offer
students a unique and highly interdisciplinary approach to
understanding and analyzing intergroup conflicts.
Students will be taught by highly respected Bosnian and
international scholars who will provide them with a comprehensive and
experiential understanding of the processes and conditions leading to
various types of intergroup conflicts (ethnic, religious, communal,
political etc.) and of conflict resolution techniques, as well as
post-conflict related processes such as power sharing, justice and
reconciliation. The issues will be analyzed and discussed from a
multi-disciplinary perspective ranging from political philosophy,
political science and international law to social psychology. Studying
conflict in a post-conflict setting such as Sarajevo will provide
students with a first-hand perspective and direct understanding of
challenges and issues, while discussing and integrating theory,
research and practical approaches.
More information about the
master's program is available here:
EPS Quarterly, December 2012
— The Fiscal Cliff Issue
This issue contains summaries of the proceedings from
The EPS/Bernard Schwartz Symposium Who's
Afraid of the Fiscal Cliff? held
at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington DC on November 13, 2012.
The Symposium was organized by Economists for Peace and Security and
co-sponsored by The New America Foundation.
Table of contents
One: On the Cliff
Two: On the Military Sequester
Three: Essential Priorities – Social Security, Medicare,
Medicaid, and Infrastructure
Read this issue of EPS
EPS Quarterly, September
2012 — The Inequality Issue
The issue of inequality was key
in the 2012 US presidential race. Should we be taxing the very rich
more, or giving them tax breaks? Whom should we tax and how much, in
order to create jobs — the point of job creation being (presumably) to
Table of contents
prosperity requires a level playing field
Complex Ties among Poverty, Development, and Security
Inequality and Conflict: Some Insights for Peacebuilding
A few comments from the front lines
Income Inequality Comes Violence
Read this issue of EPS
The Economics of Peace and
Security Journal, Vol. 7, No. 2 — On Afghanistan, Rwanda, Punjab - July,
Does development assistance reduce violence?
Evidence from Afghanistan
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.
is a peer-reviewed online publication hosted by EPS-UK. Published twice
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Support a world free of nuclear weapons
"In his first years in office, President Obama made
it clear that taking steps toward deep reductions and eventual
elimination of nuclear weapons was close to his heart.
"In April 2009, he delivered a major speech in
Prague, Czech Republic, endorsing steps toward a world without nuclear
"He followed words with action by hosting a Nuclear
Summit in Washington DC, which established the goal of safeguarding or
eliminating all nuclear materials in four years. The agreement with
Russia on New START, the nuclear reductions agreement, was the capstone
to his first term agenda.
"With competing second term priorities that include
immigration, gun control, the federal budget deficit, Middle East Peace
and much more, the President has to be reminded of his opportunity to
extend his legacy on nuclear weapons issues and move the US decisively
away from a Cold War mentality."
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17 — 19, 2013 22nd Annual Hyman P.
Minsky Conference: Building a Financial
Structure for a More Stable and Equitable Economy
will be held at the Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
It’s time to put global finance back in its proper place as a tool
to achieving sustainable development; this means substantial
downsizing, careful reregulation, universal social protections,
and an active, permanent employment-creation program. Therefore,
the 2013 Minsky Conference will address
both financial reform and poverty in the context of Minsky’s work on financial instability and his
proposal for a public job guarantee.
out more about the conference at
- May 24 — 25, 2013
The Eurasian Peace Science Conference
will be held at Koc University,
Istanbul, Turkey, hosted by the Center for Conflict Studies.
more information about the conference, visit
- June 13 — 15, 2013 The 17th Annual International Conference on
Economics and Security will be
held at SIPRI, Stockholm, Sweden.
The conference program will include research papers selected based
on the call for proposals, with a mix of plenary sessions and
parallel workshop streams on particular research areas. Some of
these sessions will seek to bring together SIPRI researchers and
conference participants on issues related to SIPRI’s areas of
Further details about
the conference can be found at
- June 15 — July 13, 2013 The 2013 Bologna
Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution, and Reconciliation
will be hosted by the International Peace & Security Institute
in Bologna Italy.
In cooperation with the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International
Studies (SAIS), the 2013 Bologna Symposium will bring together the
globe’s brightest minds from top graduate institutions, NGOs,
international organizations, grassroots peace movements, and the
armed services. Participants undergo intensive training by the
field’s premier political leaders, academic experts,
practitioners, and advocates in the practical skills necessary to
foster peace and security in their communities and the world.
learn more about the symposium, go to
19 — 21, 2013 The Fifth
International Conference on Conflict Management, Peace Economics
and Peace Science will be held at
Bloemfontein, South Africa.
more information, contact Manas Chatterji at
- June 24 — 26, 2013
The 13th Jan Tinbergen European Peace Science Conference will be
held in Milan, Italy.
The Jan Tinbergen Conference is interdisciplinary. Presentations
that address any issue relating to peace and security broadly
defined are welcome. As in the past, the conference strives for a
multi-disciplinary program comprising contributions with a wide
range of theoretical and methodological approaches, including
strictly theoretical work, game theory and formal modeling,
statistical and econometric analysis, qualitative studies, and
out more about the conference when you visit
- July 20 — August 17, 2013 The 2013 Hague
Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions & International Justice
will be hosted by the International Peace & Security Institute
in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Participants will undergo intensive training from 25 of the
field’s premier political leaders, academic experts,
practitioners, and advocates in the skills necessary to
holistically restructure a post-conflict society, as well as serve
justice to those responsible for human rights violations.
Participants will gain a broad understanding of concepts,
controversies, and institutions in this emerging field, as well
as critically examine historical and contemporary justice
interventions through direct interactions with the actual decision
more information, see
17 — 18, 2013 Peace and
Conflict: an International Interdisciplinary Conference hosted
by The Conflict Research Society at the University of Essex, UK.
The CRS is an interdisciplinary forum linking
professionals and academics concerned with co-operation and conflict
and provides a meeting point for sharing their
work. The conference embraces theory, evidence and practice, inviting
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
The 2013 conference carries forward the work of the annual conferences
running since 2003. Tuesday and Wednesday constitute the
"core" of the conference and follow the pattern of previous
years (Streams A to D). Thursday, repeating last year’s innovation, is
for those who have a special interest in the scientific study of peace
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