Happiness may have different meanings for different
people. But we can all agree that it means working to end conflict,
poverty, and other unfortunate conditions in which so many of our
fellow human beings live.
The Economics of Peace and Security Journal has launched
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The Economics of Peace and Security Journal (EPSJ) addresses economic aspects of peace and
security, ranging from the interpersonal and communal domains to
transboundary and global affairs. Our scope includes all violent and
nonviolent conflict affecting human and nonhuman life as well as their
implications for our common habitat, Earth.
Special attention is paid to constructive proposals for
nonviolent conflict resolution and peacemaking. While open to
noneconomic approaches, most contributions emphasize economic analysis
of causes, consequences, and possible solutions to mitigate conflict
and violence. Contributions are scholarly or practitioner-based.
Written and edited to fit a general-interest style, EPSJ
is aimed at specialist and nonspecialist readers alike, including
policy analysts, policy and decisionmakers, national and international
civil servants, members of the armed forces and of peacekeeping
services, the business community, members of nongovernmental
organizations and religious institutions, and any other interested
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Amman, Jordan, June 6 - 10, 2014
EPS will host a Session at The International Economics
Association 17th World Congress.
New Approaches to the
Economics of Inequality
American University Cairo
University of Texas at Austin
City University of New York
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The Eighteenth Annual Conference on Economics and
Hosted by EPS Italy and Perugia University in Perugia,
June 19 — 20, 2014
The Annual International Conference on Economics and
Security has been running for eighteen years. It has become
the main international forum for defense and peace economists,
attracting participants from all around the world.
•Economics of security
•Corruption and military spending
•Globalization and the restructuring of the MIC
•Militarism and development
•Security sector reform
•Economics of conflict and war
•Economics of the arms trade
•Procurement and offsets
•Arms races and alliances
•Peace economics and peace science
•Conversion and demilitarization
•Economics of terrorism
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In Other News
An economist considers Pope Francis’ critique of
By Jeffrey D. Sachs for America The National Catholic Review,
March 24, 2014
"Jesus’ teachings offer good news for the
righteous, whether they are the poor and marginalized or the rich who
are generous with their bounty. All can find a place in the kingdom.
Yet there is little comfort for those who expect that their wealth
alone will save them. The story of Lazarus and the rich man is a
reminder of the fate of the wealthy who ignore the poor in their midst
"So we should not be surprised by the highly
divergent reactions to Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, 'The Joy of
the Gospel.' On the one hand, people across the globe were immediately
and powerfully drawn to the pope’s message of hope and social justice.
They were stirred by his critique of 'the dictatorship of an impersonal
economy lacking a truly human purpose,' and they were uplifted by his
call for solidarity with the poor (No. 55)."
To read the full article, go
Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy: Volume 20, Issue 2
Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy (PEPS) is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the
advancement of Peace Economics and Peace Science. It covers both
positive and normative studies about issues related to peace, conflict
and conflict management. Publishing both theoretical and empirical papers,
the journal welcomes interdisciplinary contributions related to these
topics. In line with Peace Science tradition, PEPS welcomes
contributions from an interdisciplinary community including scholars
from a variety of disciplines such as economics, political science,
regional science, mathematics, and history.
More information is
Call for Papers: Peace and
Conflict: An Interdisciplinary Conference
The Annual Conference of the Conflict Research Society
The Conference of the British Conflict Research Society
is an interdisciplinary event that brings together academics,
practitioners and policy makers to discuss a broad range of issues
relating to peace and conflict studies. Abstracts of proposed papers (200-300
words) or panels (500 words) are welcomed before April 30, 2014.
Submissions are welcome on any theme, but particularly welcomed are
presentations that fit within these various sections.
Section 1- Peace and conflict studies, in general
Section 2- Contributions from across the disciplines
Section 3- Practices of conflict transformation and resolution
Section 4- Family and community: lived experiences, policy responses
and the third sector
Section 5- Gendering peace and conflict resolution
Section 6- Scientific Study of conflict and cooperation
Also welcome are submissions for the Cedric Smith Prize 2014,
a prize for the best piece of peace and conflict research (broadly
defined) by a UK based student (either currently at the pre-degree
stage or having passed their PhD no earlier than July 1, 2013).
For more information, visit
Call for papers: Istanbul Human Security Conference
Fourth Istanbul Human Security Conference, Twenty Years On: Human
Security at a Crossroads
will be taking place on: October 23-24, 2014.
The conference accepts research driven, practice reflection
and theoretical papers. Papers should follow a simple structure,
1. Statement of the
purpose of the paper, the research question this issued to be reflected
2. Background, context setting and/or
literature review section
3. Description of research
4. Presentation of results or description
of practices reviewed
5. Analysis of results or practices
6. Conclusions draws
7. Recommendation for future research or
The size of the paper is up to the submitter but
generally about 6000 to 8000 words.
Deadline for submission August 1, 2014.
are available at
Pillars of Peace
A research report from the Institute for Economics and
The Pillars of Peace is the latest ground breaking research
from the Institute for Economics and Peace. The Pillars of Peace Report
provides a new conceptual framework for understanding and describing
the factors that are associated with peaceful societies. The
research is based on an analysis of over 4,000 data sets, surveys,
and indices; it is the first empirical framework that aims to measure
The research defines 8 key Pillars that underpin peace;
these Pillars are both interdependent and mutually reinforcing, meaning
that the relative strength of any one Pillar has the potential to
either positively or negatively influence peace.
These Pillars are: a well-functioning government,
a sound business environment, an equitable distribution of
resources, an acceptance of the rights of others, good relations with
neighbors, free flow of information, a high level of human
capital, and low levels of corruption.
To read the report, go
Women, Men, and Peace: Stories of Women and Men Agents
A Building Peace Publication,
Women, Men, and Peace explores questions of gender and peace
through the first-hand realities of women and men peacebuilders across
The first legal framework of its kind, UN Security
Council Resolution 1325 marked a meaningful step toward gender
inclusion in the peacebuilding world and its implementation is
significant: inclusive peace processes are overwhelmingly more
effective in gaining and sustaining peace. Inside are the stories of
men and women working towards achieving this ideal, in their words.
Read the full publication
Senior Research Fellow: Institute for Economics and
The Senior Research Fellow will be an experienced and
senior expert with a track record of conducting quantitative research
in the social sciences, development studies, statistics, economics, and
peace and conflict studies. S/he will be able to lead new and
ground-breaking thinking on conceptualising frameworks and measurements
for creating more peaceful societies. S/he will have experience
engaging with high level stakeholders in international organisations
and understand current debates in development, peace and conflict
studies, and in relevant international forums.
The full job description
is available at
The Economics of Peace and Security Journal, Volume
8, Number 2 — October 2013
On Nepal, constitutional rights, and the
economics of envy
Table of Contents
conflict over fundamental rights: A static model
in the process of development: Implications for social relations
- A spacial-temporal
analysis of civil war: The case of Nepal
political economy of peace building: The case of women's
cooperatives in Nepal
the economy back in: The political economy of security sector
is a peer-reviewed online publication hosted by EPS-UK. Published twice
yearly, it raises and debates 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;
for EPS members, it's only $24! Non-subscribers can access the
abstracts and contents pages.
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the Journal or to subscribe:
a member of EPS (and qualify for the subscription
Learn more about this issue
of the Journal by visiting
EPS Quarterly, Volume
25, Issue 4 — December 2013
EPS Affiliates Issue
This issue announce the formation of our new
Italian affiliate, and is made up of articles by representatives
from our affiliates in Germany, Egypt, South Africa, and more.
Table of contents
the Director - Thea Harvey
Dutch Flemish Affiliate of EPS - Joel van der Beek
Germany: Engaged in the National Dialogues - Wolfram Elsner
Corruption Level Hypothesis - Hamid E. Ali
South African Arms Deal Saga - Terry Crawford-Browne
around China: appearances and reality - Juan Carlos Martínez
Read the December issue
of EPS Quarterly at
EPS Quarterly, Volume
25, Issue 3 — September 2013
This issue is comprised of articles by Chrisopher
Petrella, J. Paul Dunne, and others on the costs of prison
speculating, bullying, and armed conflicts. There is also a commentary
by Jeffrey Sachs reflecting on the anniversary of Martin
Luther King's March on Washington.
Table of contents
The Director - Thea Harvey
Speculating on Prisons Leads to Mass Incarceration - Christopher
Economic Analysis of the Challenge of Armed Conflicts - J.
Financial Costs of Bullying, Violence, and Vandalism - Rick
Anniversary of the March on Washington - Jeffrey Sachs
September issue of EPS Quarterly at
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- May 17, 2014 The Good Relations
Symposium will be hosted by the Conflict Research
Society of the University of Liverpool, UK. The Symposium will be
held at the Institute of Irish Studies at the University of
details are available here:
- June 2 — 13, 2014 13th
Annual International Nonviolence Summer Institute is
hosted by the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the
University of Rhode Island.
The International Nonviolence Summer Institute is ideal for
anyone interested in acquiring the leadership skills
necessary for promoting peace, nonviolence, and social
change, regardless of work career or field of study. It is often
attended by NGO workers, human-rights activists, teachers,
university students and faculty, counselors, social workers,
business management, criminal justice workers, law enforcement,
health care professionals, clergy, and faith-based educators.
further details, go to
- June 6 — 10, 2014 The
International Economics Association's 17th World Congress
will be held at the King Hussein Bin Talal
Convention Center on the Dead Sea, Jordan.
The scientific program will include more
than 100 contributed sessions, 25 invited academic sessions, 30
invited policy sessions, and 5 plenary sessions.
Moreover, a number of sessions have also
been arranged in collaboration with organisztions such as INET,
CIGI, IDRC, Fung Global Institute, World Bank, OECD, ECINEQ,
Economists For Peace And Security, International Growth Centre,
SIPA, and WIDER. Sessions will also be organized by some of the
IEA member associations.
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- June 12 — 13, 2014 Global Sustainable Finance Conference hosted by the European Organisation for Sustainable
Development will be held in Karlsruhe, Germany.
The event will address some of the most burning
issues of our time including environmental and social challenges,
and transformation to low carbon economy. In addition, the
delegates will discuss the decisive role of finance and
investments as the triple bottom line — social, economic and
environmental sustainability — is becoming imperative for
long-term survival of any organization.
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- June 19 — 20, 2014 The
18th Annual International Conference on Economics and Security
will be hosted by the University of Perugia and Economists for
Peace and Security (Italy).
more information, see
- June 23 — 25, 2014 The 14th Jan Tinbergen European Peace Science Conference,
annual meeting of NEPS, will be
held in the Hague at the International Institute of Social
Studies, Kortenaerkade 2518, Den Haag, The Netherlands.
is available at
- July 2 — 4, 2014 Archbishop
Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies
Conference 2014 "Arts, Peace and Conflict”
The conference is organized by the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre
for War and Peace Studies at Liverpool Hope University. The venue
will be the Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope University Creative
Campus, Liverpool, UK.
can be found here:
- September 2 — 4, 2014
Peace and Conflict: an Interdisciplinary Conference. The
Annual Conference of the Conflict Research Society will be held at
The University of Leeds, UK.
The Conference of the British Conflict Research Society is an
interdisciplinary event that brings together academics,
practitioners and policymakers to discuss a broad range of issues
relating to peace and conflict studies.
information can bee found at
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