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.
Engaged Economists Writing About Conflict
The US Institute of Peace, Economists for
Peace and Security, and the Stockholm International
Peace Research Institute are partnering to provide weekly blogs written
by leading peace economists. These blogs will discuss issues that
are pressing and relevant to the policy, practice and theory of
economics and development in conflict and crisis-affected contexts.
Hosted on USIP’s International Network for Economics and Conflict and
cross-posted by SIPRI, the blogs aim to promote research as well as
global discussion and shared learning on economic aspects of peace and
security. Covering issues from piracy to food security, and
extractive industries to entrepreneurship, these blogs will be concise,
research-based resources for those working to change the situation of
the more than 1.5 billion people living in conflict-affected and
fragile states. We encourage you to participate in the venture by
posting comments and questions for their expert authors.
Read the blog posts at
Top 100: The most influential people in armed violence
By Henry Dodd for Action
on Armed Violence, June 28, 2013
In 2011, at least 526,000 people died violent deaths
around the world. Over three-quarters of these occurred in
non-conflict settings. People around the globe are working to change
this depressing reality. Who are these men and women who have dedicated
their lives to making the world a safer place? Members of AOAV
staff have come together to select 100 people who are outstanding
examples of those trying to change the world for the better.
The list includes EPS Fellow
Steve Killelea, see the full list at
How to Stop the Path of Economic and Social Destruction
The verdict is in: austerity economics is a global loser
by James K. Galbraith for AlterNet,
July 11, 2013
In the wake of a brutal crisis that has now lasted five years,
even economists ought to reconsider their ideas. Most other people
would do so much more quickly, but we are a very patient and stubborn
The view that was propagated at the time of the crisis
was that there was a series of national problems: in the US, the
subprime mortgage disaster; in Greece, overspending, undertaxing; in Ireland, commercial real estate; in
Spain, a residential housing bubble. Somehow, all of these things
seemed to come to a head and break out in a crisis at the same time.
What a coincidence!
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Mining Company Hires Gun-Toting, Masked Paramilitary
Security Guards as Protests Flare Up
by Alex Kane for AlterNet,
July 9, 2013
"A private security firm has been hired by a mining
company in Wisconsin, and now a paramilitary-like force has begun to
protect the mining site. The presence of guards who work for
Bulletproof Securities is raising eyebrows among Wisconsin lawmakers.
"The mining company, Gogebic Taconite, is set to
launch a large iron ore mining operation in Wisconsin over the
objections of environmentalists. They’ve hired Bulletproof Securities
to guard the site. The people protecting the mining site near Lake
Superior are masked and are toting semi-automatic rifles while wearing
"The mining site has been met by protests
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Call for papers: Contributions to
Conflict Management, Peace Economics, and Development book series
Manuscript submissions are requested for possible
publication in the book series Contributions
to Conflict Management, Peace Economics, and Development. Emerald
publishing in UK is the publisher. At this time, over 20 volumes in the
series have been published. The forthcoming volumes are:
a. Nuclear Disarmament:Global Steps towards
b. Cooperation for a Peaceful and Sustainable World, Part 2
c. Understanding Terrorism: A Socio-economic Perspective
For more information,
Pruning the Nuclear Triad? Pros and Cons of Submarines,
Bombers, and Missiles
By Kingston Reif, Travis
Sharp, and Kirk Bansak Updated by Usha Sahay May 16, 2013
A fact sheet from The Center For Arms Control And
Since 1959, the United States has maintained a “triad”
of nuclear weapons delivery systems, which consists of nuclear-armed
bombers, land-based missiles, and submarine-launched missiles.
Traditionally, it has been argued that the triad, with its three distinct
delivery platforms, offers the US a diverse set of options to deter
adversaries, assure allies, and defeat adversaries if deterrence fails.
The 2010 Nuclear
Posture Review conducted by the Obama administration
stated: “Retaining all three Triad legs will best maintain strategic
stability at reasonable cost, while hedging against potential technical
problems or vulnerabilities.” It went on to note, “each leg of the
triad has advantages that warrant retaining all three legs.” However,
in recent months, a confluence of strategic, political, and economic
factors have prompted further scrutiny of the US’s continued reliance
on a nuclear triad.
See the Fact Sheet here:
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A Project of the Social Science Research Council
Measure of America provides easy-to-use yet methodologically sound tools
for understanding the distribution of well-being and opportunity in
America and stimulating fact-based dialogue about health,
education, and living standards.
The hallmark of this work is the American Human
Development Index, an alternative to GDP and other
money metrics that tells the story of how ordinary Americans are
faring. It empowers communities with a tool to track progress over
time. The Index is comprised of health, education, and income indicators
and allows for well-being rankings of the 50 states, 435 congressional
districts, county groups within states, women
and men, and racial and ethnic groups.
Through national and state reports, thematic briefs, and
the project’s interactive website, Measure of America aims to
breathe life into numbers, using data to create compelling narratives
that foster greater understanding of our shared challenges and greater
support for people-centered policies.
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Master of Arts in Conflict & Peace Studies
The University of North Carolina - Greensboro
A Master of Arts in Conflict and Peace Studies will
develop your skills to create peace that builds supportive communities,
affording justice to all members of society.
Using an interdisciplinary, critical, and social justice approach to
conflict theory, the MA in Conflict and Peace Studies will prepare you
for a career in:
Program at a glance:
synchronous and evening face-to-face
session for year-round enrollment
of Arts or Graduate Certificate
More information about this
program is available here:
Faculty Research Assistant — Global Terrorism
The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and
Responses to Terrorism (START)
The University of Maryland, College Park
The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) consists of unclassified
data on over 100,000 terrorist attacks that have occurred worldwide
since 1970. It supports a wide range of users, including government,
academia, media, and the general public. GTD Research Assistants are
responsible for performing a variety of tasks meant to assist in the
ongoing collection and coding of terrorism event data. These tasks
expertise on data collection and coding practices for a specific
domain of the GTD
a team of interns tasked with data coding for a specific domain of
new team members and interns on coding practices for a specific
domain of the GTD
routine quality control assessments of coded data for a specific
domain of the GTD
terrorism events in source documents and writing incident
More information about this
position is available here:
The Economics of Peace and Security Journal, Vol. 8,
No. 1:On the defense and firearms
industries, growth, and foreign aid — April,
Military expenditure and economic growth: A
J. Paul Dunne, Nan Tian
Armed conflict, terrorism, and the allocation of
The defense industry in an age of austerity
Demand and supply of commercial firearms in the
is a peer-reviewed online publication hosted by EPS-UK. Published twice
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EPS Quarterly, June 2013 — Challenges
and Barriers to Recovery from the Crisis
Economists for Peace and Security presented two sessions
at the AEA/ASSA meetings in San Diego
on Friday, January 4, 2013. This issue is comprised of
edited transcripts from the first session, “Up from Here? Challenges
and Barriers to Recovery from the Crisis.”
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EPS Quarterly, March 2013 — 25th
Anniversary "Is War Over?" Issue
On Friday, January 4, 2013, at the AEA/ASSA meetings in
Los Angeles, EPS presented the second of two sessions: "Is War Over?
The Economics of National Security after Iraq and Afghanistan."
This issue of EPS Quarterly is comprised of edited
transcripts from the session. To see EPS participation at this and
past AEA/ASSA meetings, visit http://epsusa.org/events/aea.htm.
Table of contents
Financial Legacy of Iraq and Afghanistan: How Wartime Spending
Decisions Will Constrain Future National Security Budgets
Utility of War Spending: How Much
is Too Much?
Inequality and Conflict: Some Insights for Peacebuilding
of US National Security: A View from the Outside
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Find out where your representative stands on the B61
Nuclear Bomb amendment
With nearly 16 million children living in poverty in our
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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 makers.
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- August 1 — 3, 2013 The Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy's Twenty Third Annual
Meeting: "Reforming Cuba?"
will be held at the Hilton Miami Downtown, Miami Florida.
George J. Borjas, Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social
Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government will give the
Ernesto Betancourt Keynote Address.
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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
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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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- November 7 — 9, 2013 The
25th EAEPE annual Conference will
be held at Université Paris Nord,
The conference theme will focus on the state and
future of industries in Europe, with a special emphasis on policy.
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