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
EPS Quarterly is celebrating 25 years
Our Next issue of The EPS Quarterly will celebrate its Silver
Volume 1, Number 1, published in spring of 1989,
mentioned that our young organization had over a hundred members in
five countries. We now have 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.
A lot has changed in the last 25 years, but the need for
rigorous economic peace research and substantive exploration of the
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EPS at the ASSA/AEA Annual Meetings
San Diego, CA
Video of our Annual Dinner
and audio of our sessions is now available.
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)
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In Other News
Top Military Officer: Climate Change Biggest Threat to
Admiral Samuel Locklear told the Boston Globe
that global warming could "cripple the security environment."
By Alex Kane, March 11, 2013,
The nuclear-war themed back and forth between North and
South Korea is not the biggest threat to the Asia-Pacific region.
Instead, it’s climate change, according to a top military officer.
Admiral Samuel Locklear, a naval officer in charge of
the Asia-Pacific region, told the Boston
Globe Friday that global warming “is probably the most
likely thing that is going to happen . . . that will cripple the
security environment, probably more likely than the other scenarios we
all often talk about.” Locklear added: “People are surprised
sometimes...You have the real potential here in the not-too-distant
future of nations displaced by rising sea level. Certainly weather
patterns are more severe than they have been in the past. We are on
super typhoon 27 or 28 this year in the Western Pacific. The average is
Locklear made the comments to the Boston Globe
during an interview after he met with scholars at Harvard and Tufts
Universities. He met with a number of foreign policy specialists to
discuss US policy towards Asia as the Obama administrations goes ahead
with its plan to “pivot” to the region. The visit to the Boston-area
came as North and South Korea traded verbal blows after North Korea
conducted an underground nuclear test. Despite those real challenges,
though, Locklear focused on climate change as an even more important
The entire article can be
The F-35 Folly: How Our Own Fighter Jets Are Killing Us
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 by
This is a story about political dysfunction in
"Say hello to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
"The F-35 joint strike jet fighter is one of the
costliest weapons programs in human history, with each plane costing
$90 million and the project taking more than a decade to complete.
"The price tag of the entire program has nearly
doubled since 2001, coming in at a staggering $396 billion dollars.
And, thanks to a number of production delays and safety concerns, that
price tag is still rising.
"When you combine the price tag of the program with
Government Accountability Office estimated operating and maintenance
costs of the planes– the total cost of the program reaches over $1
"And here's the really tragic and absurd part of
this story. Thanks to the decade of delays, the technology in the F-35,
once thought to be the best of the best, is now outdated."
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, would like
to 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 is Power
The Conference will
be held at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University
of Manchester, UK
Power is 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
Wealth Inequality in America (Video)
November 20, 2012 Youtube
Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting
both the inequality and the difference between our perception of
inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we
think it is.
Watch the video here:
The Geopolitical Implications of US Natural Gas Exports
Report from The American Security Project
Technological advances in natural gas drilling have
opened up vast new resources, leading to a surge in domestic natural
gas production in recent years. As a result, the US is awash in natural
gas, and prices have plummeted. Meanwhile, in Asia, prices have
skyrocketed. Japan, the largest consumer of liquefied natural gas (LNG)
in the world, is in desperate need of energy due to its decision to
shut down nearly all of its nuclear reactors.
Low prices for natural gas in the US, and high prices in
Asia, have sparked calls to allow American drillers to export LNG. Thus
far, the debate surrounding LNG exports has focused on the economic
impacts. Proponents believe LNG exports will be a boon to the economy,
while opponents raise concerns over effects on consumer prices.
What the debate is missing is an analysis on the
geopolitics of allowing LNG exports. This paper examines the
geopolitical benefits of removing restrictions on LNG exports to two
key regions – Europe and Asia.
To read the full report, go
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:
Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program
Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University
of Notre Dame, Indiana
The Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program provides
support to young researchers working in academic and research
institutions from eligible countries preparing a doctoral thesis.
Research grants cover residence costs for a 5 to 10 month period in a
renowned university or research center. Fellows are expected to advance
their research work mainly by using the facilities and resources
provided by the host institution and by interacting with peers.
Candidate's field of research should be related to
development at the master's level, in fields such as economics, health,
education, agriculture, environment, natural resource management, or
other development‑related subject
about this program is available at
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.
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- April 5 — 6,
2013 The inaugural Peace
Metrics, Peace Economics and the Role of Business conference
will be held in Washington DC. The conference is jointly hosted by
the American University's Kogod School
of Business and the Institute for Economics and Peace.
The conference will focus on measuring peace, describing
the economic benefit of peace, and identifying the relationship between
business and peace. Academics and graduate students participating in
the conference will also contribute to a new publication called Peace Metrics.
15, 2013 SIPRI's US Military
Expenditure Data release event will take place at
the UN in New York, NY. The purpose of this project is to monitor,
describe and analyze trends and developments in military
details about the database, see
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 call for papers 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
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
Fiind out more about the
details about the conference, email
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