We live in a world of change, and we need a certain kind
of human sympathy to avoid the damage that change can bring. Because
there is no rest point. There is no final victory, there’s no moment
when you say, we’ve solved the problem. We’re not in that kind of
The Eighteenth Annual
Conference on Economics and Security
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
is available here:
EPS at the AEA / ASSA meetings
January 3 — 5, 2014, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
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
Costs and Consequences of
Austerity (Panel discussion)
Moderator: Allen Sinai (Decision Economics)
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
Treating Inequality with Redistribution: Is the Cure
Worse than the Disease?
By Jonathan D. Ostry and
Andrew Berg for iMF Direct,
February 26, 2014
"Rising income inequality looms high on the global policy
agenda, reflecting not only fears of its pernicious social and
political effects, (including questions about the consistency of
extreme inequality with democratic governance), but also the economic
implications. While positive incentives are surely needed to reward
work and innovation, excessive inequality is likely to undercut growth,
for example by undermining access to health and education, causing
investment-reducing political and economic instability, and thwarting
the social consensus required to adjust in the face of major shocks.
"Understandably, economists have been trying to
understand better the links between rising inequality and the fragility
of economic growth. Recent narratives include how inequality
intensified the leverage and financial cycle, sowing the seeds of
crisis; or how political-economy factors, especially the influence of
the rich, allowed financial excess to balloon ahead of the crisis.
"But what is the role of policy, and in particular
fiscal redistribution to bring about greater equality? Conventional
wisdom would seem to suggest that redistribution would in itself be bad
for growth but, conceivably, by engendering greater equality, might
help growth. Looking at past experience, we find scant evidence that
typical efforts to redistribute have on average had an adverse effect
on growth. And faster and more durable growth seems to have followed
the associated reduction in inequality."
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The Global Cost of Violence
Cost of Violence Containment, the latest report from the Institute for
Economics and Peace, calculates the cost of violence in over 150
countries around the
Published February 28, 2014 by The Institute for
Economics and Peace
The economic impact of violence has surpassed the
combined GDPs of Japan and Germany.
According to the latest report from the Institute for
Economics and Peace, the global economic cost of violence in 2012 was $9.46 trillion,
which represents 11% of Gross World Product.
The report, The
Economic Cost of Violence Containment, calculates the cost
of violence containment in over 150 countries according to 13 different
types of violence-related spending.
Violence containment spending is understood as any
economic activity that is related to the prevention or consequences of
violence; it includes direct costs such the medical cost of a victim,
and indirect costs such as the loss of human capital when someone is
displaced as a result of violence.
To put this in perspective: violence containment
spending is over 2.4 times the size of the total GDP of Africa.
Read the full report at
Why is the West seen as the greatest threat? From Asia,
the answer's clear
international survey on the greatest threat to world peace points west.
Here are four examples of how moral authority has been sabotaged
by Chandran Nair for The Guardian,
March 6, 2014
"A recent Gallup survey of respondents from 65
countries suggests that America is now seen as the country that poses
the 'greatest threat to world peace today'. In fact, more people picked
the US than Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea and Pakistan combined.
"Seen from Asia, this result wasn't hard to
understand. The perspectives of non-western observers are rarely given
a proper hearing. This has blinded western citizens to the fact that
the west's loss of standing is not something that started, for example,
with WikiLeaks or Edward Snowden's revelations and it will not end if
and when those issues have been resolved. Nor did it begin with the
financial crisis or the disastrous invasion of Iraq before that."
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Call for papers: 25th International Peace Research
welcomes paper, poster and panel
proposals from all peace researchers related to the following
IPRA Commissions. Interested participants have the option of
suggesting new panels or sessions.
1. Art and Peace Commission
2. Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding Commission
3. Development and Peace Commission
4. Eastern Europe Commission
5. Ecology and Peace Commission (EPC)
6. Forced Migration Commission
7. Gender and Peace Commission
8. Global Political Economy Commission
9. Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Commission
10. Internal Conflicts Commission
11. International Human Rights Commission
12. Nonviolence Commission
13. Peace Culture and Communications Commission
14. Peace Education Commission
15. Peace History Commission
16. Peace Journalism Commission
17. Peace Movements Commission
18. Peace Negotiations and Mediation Commission
19. Peace Theories Commission
20. Reconciliation and Transitional Justice Commission
21. Religion and Peace Commission
22. Security and Disarmament Commission
23. Sport and Peace Commission
24. Youth and Peace Commission
25. Peace Tourism Commission
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 March 31, 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:
The Ukraine Crisis and the Geopolitics of Energy
An American Securities Project Briefing Note
By Andrew Holland, March 6, 2014
Russian energy exports have created dependence in
Eastern Europe and complex business relationships in Western Europe
has used its natural gas and other energy exports as a
geopolitical tool for decades.
energy pipeline infrastructure, built and owned by Russian
state-owned enterprises, has locked-in most of Eastern Europe to a
dependence on Russian gas imports — which the Russian
government has traded for geopolitical access.
European states have more diversified energy markets, alternative
suppliers, and the infrastructure to store and transport gas. They
not as dependent upon Russia. However, they separate doing
‘business’ with Russian companies from geopolitics — a
separation that the Russian government does not make. A reluctance
to upset business relationships has made Western Europe fearful of
upsetting the Russian government.
See the see the full briefing
Explosive Violence in February 2014
An Action on Armed Violence Infographic, by Robert
Perkins, March 5, 2014
Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records incidents of
explosive violence as they occur around the world. Since October 1,
2010 AOAV has used English-language media sources to capture
information on attacks, including on the number of casualties and the
weapon type used.
This month there were more than 3,000 casualties of
explosive violence (people killed and injured). Civilians made up 72%
of all the people who were recorded killed or injured around the world
by explosive weapons.
To view the
Infographic, go to
Program Officer, Economics: United States Institute of
Working alongside the Senior Advisor for the Economics
and Peacebuilding Center (EPBC), the Program Officer is responsible for
providing general support to the EPBC program while pursuing and
publishing his or her own research. This includes preparing programming
proposals; assisting in ongoing research efforts; and helping to
organize workshops and other activities.
The full job description
is available at
Programme Director, Armed Conflict
Stockholm International Peace Reasearch
SIPRI’s Armed Conflict Programme
currently monitors and analyses trends in violent conflict around the
world, as well as their causes, dynamics and consequences. The peace
operations and conflict management research projects collate
comprehensive information on multilateral peace operations and analyse significant trends in peace operations and
their impacts, and support policy developments.
The Armed Conflict Programme regularly holds
high-level policy dialogues and supports track-II negotiations.
The position of Programme
Director Armed Conflict is a very senior position within SIPRI, for
which SIPRI seeks an outstanding and innovative scholar with an
For details, visit
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
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EPS Quarterly, Volume
25, Issue 4 — December 2013
EPS Affiliates 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 Coll
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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 Petrella
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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A SANE Approach to Cutting Nuclear Weapons
On February 27, Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Jeff Merkley
(D-OR) introduced S. 2070, the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures
(SANE) Act of 2014. The bill would save US taxpayers about $100 billion
over ten years by scaling down, delaying, or canceling a variety of
nuclear weapons programs and facilities. Congressman Earl Blumenauer
(D-OR) introduced a companion version in the House, H.R. 4107, the REIN-IN Act.
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- April 7, 2014 Climate Change: Risks for
National Security hosted by The University
of Tennessee Martin.
Join Lieutenant General John Castellaw,
USMC (Ret) and Brigadier General John Adams, US
Army (Ret) to discuss how climate change is creating new threats
to America’s National Security.
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- April 10 — 12, 2014 SPES
International Business for Peace Conference will
be held in Ypres, Belgium.
information is 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,
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- June 6 - 10, 2014 The
International Economics Association's 17th World Congress
will be held at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centeron
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 organisations
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 organised
by some of the IEA member associations.
details available here:
- 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).
- 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.
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- 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.
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- 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.
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