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The Eighteenth Annual
Conference on Economics and Security
Hosted by EPS Italy and Perugia University in Perugia
Italy June 19 — 20, 2014
The Annual International Conference on Economics and Security
has been running for eighteen years and 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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Why America Has Forgotten
Its Three Biggest Economic Lessons
By Robert Reich, February 13, 2014, for Alternet
"Why has America forgotten the three most important
economic lessons we learned in the thirty years following World War II?
"Before I answer that question, let me remind you
what those lessons were:
"First, America’s real
job creators are consumers, whose rising wages generate jobs and
growth. If average people don’t have decent wages there can be no
real recovery and no sustained growth.
"In those years, business boomed because American
workers were getting raises, and had enough purchasing power to buy
what expanding businesses had to offer. Strong labor unions ensured
American workers got a fair share of the economy’s gains. It was a
"Second, the rich do
better with a smaller share of a rapidly-growing economy than they do
with a large share of an economy that’s barely growing at all.
"Between 1946 and 1974, the economy grew faster
than it’s grown since, on average, because the nation was creating the
largest middle class in history. The overall size of the economy
doubled, as did the earnings of almost everyone. CEOs rarely took home
more than forty times the average worker’s wage, yet were riding high.
"Third, higher taxes on
the wealthy to finance public investments — better roads, bridges,
public transportation, basic research, world-class K-12 education, and
affordable higher education – improve the future productivity of
America. All of us gain from these investments, including the wealthy.
"In those years, the top marginal tax rate on
America’s highest earners never fell below 70 percent. Under Republican
President Dwight Eisenhower the tax rate was 91 percent. Combined with
tax revenues from a growing middle class, these were enough to build
the Interstate Highway system, dramatically expand public higher
education, and make American public education the envy of the world.
"We learned, in other words, that broadly-shared
prosperity isn’t just compatible with a healthy economy that benefits
everyone — it’s essential to it.
"But then we forgot these lessons. For the last
three decades the American economy has continued to grow but most
peoples’ earnings have gone nowhere. Since the start of the recovery in
2009, 95 percent of the gains have gone to the top 1 percent."
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Security Economics (Panel
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 Policy)
Costs and Consequences of
Austerity (Panel discussion)
Moderator: Allen SInai (Decision Economics)
Reinhart (Harvard University)
Pollin (University of Massachusetts-Amherst)
Blanchard (International Monetary Fund)
Collins (University of Michigan)
Zoellick (Peterson Institute for International Economics)
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China to Reward Cities and Regions Making Progress on
by Edward Wong for The
New York Times, February 13, 2014
Chinese officials announced Thursday that they were offering a total of
10 billion renminbi, or $1.65 billion, this year to cities and regions
that make “significant progress” in air pollution control, according to
a report by Xinhua, the state-run news agency.
The announcement came from the State Council, China’s
cabinet, after it held a meeting on Wednesday to discuss, among other
issues, the country’s immense air pollution problem. “Control of PM2.5 and
PM10 should be a key task,” the State Council said in a statement,
referring to two kinds of particulate matter that are deemed harmful to
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Call for applications: Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution,
Portland State University
Resolution Graduate Program at Portland State University is now
accepting applications for its Master's Degree in Conflict Resolution
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Call for Papers: The Center
for Economics and Finance at the University of Porto celebrates its
To mark the
15th anniversary of the Doctoral Programme in Economics, the Scientific
Board is organizing a special edition of the Students' Seminar Day to
be held on the May
9, 2014. In this Seminar Day, PhD students or recent
post-docs from Portuguese or foreign universities will have the
opportunity to present their research work and to benefit from the
discussion that will take place during the forum. Articles in all
fields of Economics will be considered.
Workshop: How to Publish in a Top Journal?
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Security Impacts of Climate Change: An Interactive Map
The security consequences from climate change include worsening
poverty, political instability, and risk of conflict. These are already
affecting large portions of the globe.
"The regions most at risk from climate change
also have the highest incidents of interstate conflict,
radicalism, and terrorism. These regions include South Asia, North Africa,
Sub-Saharan Africa, and Central America. Climate change will further
exacerbate regional tensions, increasing the risk of conflict, mass
migration, and humanitarian emergencies that will jeopardize US
national interests and — if history is a guide — force US intervention.
Even if climate change does not result in more numerous American
military operations, it will affect the stability and capabilities of
numerous friends and allies. Climate change will, in a fundamental
sense, be a key element in defining threats to American national
security in the future."
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Executive Authority in US Trade Policy
An American Security Project Fact Sheet, January 2014
"There has been an increasing discussion regarding the
possibility of Congress granting the US presidency 'fast track
authority in free trade agreements. However, the shifting of
trade authority to the executive has been a heated debate starting from
the days of the Great Depression.
"Both the history and specifics of executive
authority in US trade agreements is crucial towards evaluating what
potential positives and negatives 'fast-track' legislation may
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Program Officer, United States Institute of Peace
The Program Officer for the Academy for International
Conflict Management and Peacebuilding will design and implement countering
violent extremism (CVE) courses focusing on alternative messaging and
engaging civil society actors. The Program Officer will cooperate with
the existing Academy team to develop curriculum, organize professional
expertise meetings, and support the Academy’s efforts on international
projects related to countering violent extremism.
The Academy for International Conflict Management and
Peacebuilding is the education and training center of USIP. The
Academy is a leader in the field of professional education and
training for practitioners in conflict management. Established in 2009,
the Academy provides practitioner-oriented education, training, and
resources via facilities at USIP’s Washington headquarters, mobile
training in conflict zones, and online distance education and
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MA Peace Studies 2014/15 from Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Centre for War and Peace Studies at Liverpool Hope University, UK
Liverpool Hope University’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and
Peace Studies is pleased to offer up to two fee waivers (full tuition
fee scholarships) for applicants to the MA Peace Studies starting
The aim of this programme is to deconstruct the notion
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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
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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
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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,
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
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- March 14 — 16, 2014 The
40th Annual Eastern Economics Association Conference
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- April 10 — 12, 2014 SPES
Interrnational Business for Peace Conference will
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