A nation that continues year after year to spend more
money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is
approaching spiritual doom.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
You and a guest are cordially invited
to join us for
Preview: An evening with Ric Holt,
author of a book-in-progress of the letters
of John Kenneth Galbraith,
and of a book-in-progress on the friendship between Galbraith and
William F. Buckley, Jr.
With special guests
At the home of
Kathleen Stephansen and Andrew
November 19, 2013
6:30 — 9:00pm
1725 York Ave. Apt 8F
New York, NY 10128
Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served
To attend this
event please contact Thea
You are cordially invited to join
Economists for Peace & Security
for our Annual Dinner
This year's dinner honors
Saturday, January 4, 2014
6:30 — 10:00pm
at Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
Host committee chaired by Richard Parker
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on attending the EPS dinner honoring Jeffrey Sachs,
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EPS at the AEA / ASSA meetings
January 3 — 5, 2014, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
Security Economics (Panel
Friday, January 3, at 2:30pm, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Meeting
Moderator: Richard Kaufman (Bethesda Research
Bilmes (Harvard University)
Lind (New America Foundation)
Bina (University of Minnesota-Morris)
Hurlburt (National Security Network)
Hartung (Center for International
Costs and Consequences of
Austerity (Panel discussion)
Saturday, January 4, 10:15am, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Grand
Ballroom - Salon B
Moderator: Allen SInai
Reinhart (Harvard University)
Pollin (University of
Blanchard (International Monetary Fund)
Collins (University of Michigan)
Zoellick (Peterson Institute for
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In Other News
US nuclear power plants vulnerable to 9/11-style
by Timothy Gardner for Reuters, August 15, 2013
US nuclear power plants are not adequately protected from threats,
including the theft of bomb-grade material that could be used to make
weapons and attacks intended to cause a reactor meltdown, a University
of Texas report said on Thursday.
Not one of the country's 104 commercial nuclear reactors
or three research reactors is protected against an attack involving
multiple players such as the ones carried out by nineteen airplane
hijackers on 9/11, said the report by the Nuclear Proliferation
Prevention Project (NPPP) at the University of Texas, Austin.
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) only requires
power plants to protect against attacks carried out by five or six
people, according to the report, entitled Protecting US Nuclear
Facilities from Terrorist Attack. In addition, the NRC does not require
plants to protect themselves against attacks from high-powered sniper
rifles and rocket-propelled grenades.
The article in full can be
Call for papers: Journal
of Peacebuilding &
Development, Volume 9 - Issues 2 and 3
of Peacebuilding and Development
(JPD) is calling for papers for its forthcoming open issues - Volume 9, Number 2,
to be published August 2014 and Volume
9, Number 3, to be published December 2014. JPD
foregrounds qualitative methodologies, especially empirically based
case studies that facilitate grounded and fresh analysis to serve
theory, policy and strategy development. JPD offers a space for
scholars and practitioners to examine the logic and impacts of dominant
policies and practices, and to cultivate visionary, holistic approaches
striving to advance collaboration between the fields of peacebuilding and development. Our authors,
advisors and editorial staff represent global scholarship, practice and
Find more about the call for
Mapping Arms Data (MAD)
Amnesty International Report, March 2013
The MAD visualization was prepared by the Igarapé
Institute, PRIO, and Google Ideas in 2012, and re-launched
in 2013. It documents millions of military and civilian small arms
transfers (exports and imports) around the world since the early 1990s.
The width of the line connecting states represents the scale (in dollar
value) of the transfer. Its color determines whether it is an import or
an export. It is highly intuitive.
MAD was originally developed as an experiment for a
major Google summit on illicit networks. It was updated with new data
in 2013 and launched with the intention of impacting United Nations
negotiations on a new arms trade treaty (ATT) as well as stimulating a
more sophisticated global debate on the dynamics of international arms
and ammunition transfers. The goal was to take a complex topic and
render it more accessible for public debate and scrutiny.
The primary audience for MAD is policy makers and media
outlets. Since 2012, was downloaded more than 3 million times in more
than 120 countries. It has catalyzed shifts in positions among key
countries during negotiations in the General Assembly (since many
claimed that such transfers could not be tracked). Moreover, it was featured
Atlantic, on BBC
online, CNN and hundreds of media outlets, and was widely
discussed in social media in over a dozen languages.
To access the interactive
map, you will need a browser that supports WebGL.
Infographic: The Global Burden of Armed Violence
by Sarah Leo for Action
on Armed Violence, June 25, 2013
Did you think armed violence only affected war-torn
countries? Think again. Half a million people die violent deaths
every year, yet only one in 10 is killed in conflict
zones. Using data from the Geneva Declaration’s latest report, the
infographic reveals this and many more
surprising facts about the global burden of armed violence.
See the Infographic
when you visit
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course offers students the opportunity to address the conceptualization
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international architecture of peacebuilding.
Details about the MA are
Educational Funding and Awards
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One of the world’s largest sources of funding for
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more than 245 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit
organizations in the 2013–14 academic year. Due to the longstanding,
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For more information about
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The Economics of Peace and Security Journal, Volume
8, Number 1 — April, 2013
On the defense and firearms industries, growth,
and foreign aid
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
yearly, it raises and debates all issues related to the political
economy of personal, communal, national, international, and global peace
and security. Previous contributors include Joseph Stiglitz,
James Galbraith, and Lawrence Klein. The Journal’s website also
features book reviews submitted by members and subscribers.
EPS members receive a 25% discount on the annual subscription to the Economics of Peace and
Security Journal. A regular one-year subscription is $32;
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Learn more about this issue
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EPS Quarterly, Volume
25, Issue 2 — June, 2013
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.”
Read this issue of EPS
To see EPS participation at
this and past AEA/ASSA meetings, visit
EPS Quarterly, Volume
25, Issue 1 — 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
Read this issue of EPS
Syria: A US War Postponed
President Obama's speech on September 10 offered his
reasons for military action in Syria. Overwhelmingly, the US public opposes
military strikes and favors diplomatic and political action to resolve
this crisis. The use of military force by the US in Syria counters the
diplomatic possibilities and will increase violence in an already
devastated and war-torn country.
In recent days, the US has stepped back from the brink
of war with Syria and has moved to supporting the kind of diplomacy
that many have been advocating.
The immediate crisis of US intervention may have passed,
but there's a very long road ahead to resolving this conflict
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- September 21, 2013 The
International Day of Peace this year falls on
a Saturday. Special activities and celebrations are scheduled all
across the world over the 2013 Peace Day Weekend, including
festivals, concerts, a global Peace Wave with moments of silence
at noon in every time zone, and much more. The
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- October 3 — 5, 2013 Leadership
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the Institute for Economics and Peace at the University of San
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include panel presentations by industry leaders and innovative
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of this half-day summit is to influence practice by furthering
discussions on how best to engage business, government, and other
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out more about the summit at
- November 7 — 9, 2013 The 8th
European Peace Research Association (EuPRA)
Conference will be held at Eastern Mediterranean
University, North Cyprus.
The conference theme will be Building Positive
Peace in Europe and Its Neighborhood.
including calls for papers, are available here:
- November 7 — 9, 2013 The 25th EAEPE
annual Conference will take
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will focus on the state and future of industries in Europe, with a
special emphasis on policy.
more information, visit
- November 19, 2013 Preview:
An evening with Ric Holt,
author of a book-in-progress of the letters of John Kenneth
Galbraith, and of a book-in-progress on the friendship between
Galbraith and William F. Buckley, Jr. Special guests will be James
K. Galbraith and Richard Parker. Specifics can be found under the
first item of "EPS News" in this issue of NewsNotes.
To attend this event please
- January 3 — 5, 2014 The annual AEA/ASSA meetings will be held in Philadelphia, PA. EPS will host two panel discussions: Security
Economics, and Costs and Consequences of Austerity. This year’s
Dinner will honor Jeffrey Sachs.
can be found under the second item of "EPS News" in this
issue of NewsNotes, or on our website:
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