If you succumb to the temptation
of using violence in the struggle, unborn generations will be the
recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief
legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Climate change and poverty have not gone away
An economic and political system that does not deliver
for most citizens is one that is not sustainable in the long run
By Joseph Stiglitz, January 7, 2013 for The Guardian
"In the shadow of the euro crisis and America's
fiscal cliff, it is easy to ignore the global economy's long-term
problems. But, while we focus on immediate concerns, they continue to
fester, and we overlook them at our peril.
"The most serious is global warming. While the
global economy's weak performance has led to a corresponding slowdown
in the increase in carbon emissions, it amounts to only a short
respite. And we are far behind the curve: because we have been so slow
to respond to climate change achieving the targeted limit of a 2C rise
in global temperature will require sharp reductions in emissions in the
"Some suggest that, given the economic slowdown, we
should put global warming on the backburner. On the contrary,
retrofitting the global economy for climate change would help to
restore aggregate demand and growth."
the full article, see
EPS at the ASSA/AEA Annual Meetings
San Diego, CA
Economists for Peace and Security hosted two sessions,
and a dinner in honor of Michael Intriligator,
at the ASSA/AEA Annual meetings in San Diego.
"Up from Here?
Challenges and Barriers to Recovery from the Crisis"
Panel Moderator: James Galbraith (University of
Kenneth Arrow (Stanford University)
Robert Gordon (Northwestern University)
Eric Laursen (Independent Journalist)
(University of Athens)
"Is War Over? The
Economics of National Security after Iraq and Afghanistan"
Panel Moderator: Michael Lind (New America Foundation)
Linda Bilmes (Harvard University)
Richard Kaufman (Bethesda Research Institute)
J. Paul Dunne (University of Cape Town)
Find more information about
EPS at the ASSA/AEA and other events:
Call for Papers : 17th Annual International Conference on
Economics and Security, Stockholm, June 14 & 15, 2013
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
If you would like to present a paper, please send a
title and an abstract of less than 300 words before April 1, 2013.
Further information about the
call for papers can be found here:
Papers should be sent to Sam
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In Other News
5 Reasons Natural Gas Won’t Be an Environmental and
We aren’t going to be able to drill our way out of the
climate crisis without creating an even bigger mess in the process.
By Tara Lohan,
January 10, 2013, for Alternet
"If you’re hoping the natural gas boom means we’ve
solved our environmental and economic woes, you’re going to be
disappointed. While natural gas produces less nitrogen oxides and
carbon dioxide when burned compared to coal or oil, the end product is
only part of the story. The natural gas boom in recent years has been
fueled by extreme extraction methods like fracking
that are posing a new slurry of environmental
problems before the gas even makes it to consumers.
"If you look at the complete picture of how we
extract natural gas today, you begin to realize pretty quickly that we
aren’t going to be able to drill our way out of the climate crisis
without creating an even bigger mess in the process. The list of
impacts from fracking is huge, but here are
five to kick off the conversation..."
Read the full article here:
Obama, Karzai agree to speed up military transition
US troops will shift fully to
a support role this spring, said the president
By Julie Pace and Robert
Burns for Salon, January 11, 2013
"President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid
Karzai said they have agreed to speed up slightly the schedule for
moving Afghanistan’s security forces into the lead across the country,
with US troops shifting fully to a support role. The leaders also said
Obama agreed to place battlefield detainees under the control of the
"Obama, appearing in the East Room of the White House
with Karzai at his side, said accelerating the transition to Afghan
security control this spring would set the stage for further withdrawal
of US and other foreign forces, although he did not say how quickly a
US drawdown would be carried out this year and next. There are now
66,000 US troops there.
“'Starting this spring, our troops will have a different
mission: training, advising and assisting Afghan forces,' Obama said. 'It will be a historic moment.'
"He added later that even in a backup role he could
not rule out that US troops could be drawn into combat, but he
emphasized that their main role would be support, such as training and
advising. Karzai said he was pleased by the agreement, in part because
it means that by spring there will be no foreign troops in Afghan
The full article is
Call for Papers: Conflict, Crime and Violence in
For a special issue to be published in Peace Economics, Peace
Science and Public Policy in 2013, with Juan Vargas
and Raul Caruso to serve as editors.
The special issue is intended to gather contributions
from different disciplines within social science, on diverse topics and
methodological perspectives regarding conflict and crime in Colombia.
Papers may be theoretical or empirical and should highlight their
contribution to a better understanding of the kind of social phenomena
that constitute an obstacle for a resilient peace in Colombia.
Manuscripts will be subject to a conventional refereeing
process. Submission deadline is March 31, 2013.
Papers should be sent to
Juan Vargas at email@example.com.
Read or download
previous issues of Peace
Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy at
Call for papers: “Digital
Testimonies on War and Trauma” Conference
To mark the completion of the video-life stories project
Croatian Memories (CroMe), the Erasmus Studio
for e-research is pleased to announce the international
multidisciplinary conference “Digital Testimonies on War and
Trauma” to be held at the Erasmus Universiteit
Rotterdam, The Netherlands, June 12 — 14, 2013.
The CroMe project is
generating a collection of video interviews with testimonies on
war-related experiences in Croatia’s past. As each interview is
processed, transcribed, translated and subtitled in English, the
project reaches out to both a local general and an international
The conference aims to bring together scholars involved
in the creation of oral sources, for both individual research and
archival purposes, with the intent to discuss the potential use and
impact of digitized collections of
narratives related to war and trauma, across disciplinary and national
For more information about
this call for papers, see
DoD’s Biofuels Program
An American Security Project Factsheet, by Andrew Holland and Nick Cunningham,
For the US military — and the US economy as a
whole — dependence on oil presents real threats to national
security. Over the last five years, the US Department of Defense has
begun to act to reduce these energy security threats by helping to
create alternatives to petroleum-based fuels. One of the most promising
Today, these efforts are beginning to have an effect.
Advanced biofuels that can act as drop-in replacements to traditional
gasoline, diesel, or jet fuel are being produced today. By the end of
this decade, a significant portion of the US military’s transportation
fuel will derive from feedstocks other than
oil — at a price that is competitive with traditional
ASP’s factsheet on the “DoD’s
Biofuels Program” explains how dependence on oil create national
security risks and the policies being put in place to reduce those
United States Institute of Peace Year in Review:
Sustainable Economies and Natural Resources
Video featuring Raymond Gilpin for the United States
Institute of Peace, January 2013
USIP’s Raymond Gilpin, director of the Center for
Sustainable Economies, talks about the big projects in 2012 to help
Afghanistan, Nigeria, and other countries manage their natural
resources — and what the center will focus on in 2013.
To watch the year in review,
Funding & Employment
PhD Scholarships 2013, the National Centre for Peace and
Conflict Studies University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Two new scholarships will be offered in 2013, funded by
the Global Future Charitable Trust. Each scholarship will provide an
annual stipend of $25,000 (NZD) for 3 years. Scholarships will be
awarded to candidates working in the areas of Development and Peacebuilding; Conflict Analysis, Mediation and
Conflict Transformation; Post Conflict Reconstruction: Transitional
Justice Reconciliation; Peace Education; Critical Terrorism Studies; or
Arms Control and Disarmament.
The application deadline is January 20, 2013.
To find out more about these
scholarships, go to
Hewlett Foundation/Institute of International Education
Dissertation Fellowship in Population, Reproductive Health, and
The objective of the Fellowship is to produce
sound evidence on the role of population and reproductive health in
economic development that could be incorporated into national and
international economic planning and decision-making.
The Hewlett/IIE Dissertation Fellowship in Population,
Reproductive Health, and Economic Development provides both financial
and research development support for dissertations on topics that
examine how population dynamics and family planning, and reproductive
health, influence economic development. This can include economic
growth, poverty reduction, and equity. Dissertations that address
population and development issues pertinent to the African continent
are especially encouraged.
More information about the
fellowship is available here:
PhD in Peace Studies
Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies,
University of Notre Dame, Indiana
program is designed to empower students to become outstanding scholars
and teachers who will make important contributions to a growing body of
peacebuilding knowledge and practice that
will, in the long run, alleviate violence and human suffering.
students are prepared for a wide range of scholarly, teaching, and
professional positions, including interdisciplinary academic positions;
positions in which employers seek expertise in the peace and conflict
subfields of history, political science, psychology, sociology, or
theology; and scholar-practitioner positions in intergovernmental,
governmental, or nongovernmental organizations.
Institute welcomes applications from students of high academic ability
who seek a doctoral degree in history and peace studies, political
science and peace studies, psychology and peace studies, sociology and
peace studies, or theology and peace studies. Highly qualified men and
women from all regions of the world and from diverse religious and
secular traditions are sought.
The PhD program is highly competitive, typically
accepting 4−5 new doctoral students each year across all five
about this position and the PhD program can be found at
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
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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$1 Trillion in Pentagon Cuts
Still on the Table
Congress did something extraordinary at the beginning of
this year. Despite intense pressure from military contractors and
billions of dollars spent by defense lobbyists, our elected officials
left in place deep cuts in Pentagon spending; but Congress will have to
take more votes on this issue in the coming months.
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- January 28, 2013 Clean Energy: The New Public Policy Reality will be held in Seattle Washington.
Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense for Presidents Bush and
Obama, will keynote the conference co-sponsored by the Washington
Clean Technology Alliance and the American Security Project.
The conference aims to investigate the new political realities for
more information or to register for this conference, see
- March 20 — 22, 2013 The 1st West
Africa Microfinance Conference will be held in Accra, Ghana.
The African Center for Peace Building (ACFOPB) will host the first
WAM Conference under the theme "empowering Africa for
economic peace: the role of the microfinance sector."
The WAM Conference seeks to address the challenges confronting the
microfinance sector in the sub-region. The Conference aims to
equip the participants from the West Africa sub-region with the
skills needed in managing microfinance business, and to provide
a common platform for sharing ideas, resources and network.
out more about the conference at
- June 13 — 15, 2013 The 17th Annual International Conference on
Economics and Security will be
held at SIPRI, Stockholm, Sweden.
The conference programme will include
research papers selected based on the call for proposals. The
conference will have 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
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- 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
- 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
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- 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
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