EPS at the AEA
Boston, Massachusetts, January 3 — 5, 2015, Boston Marriott
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of the Century?" (Panel discussion)
January 3, 2015, Boston
Marriott Copley Place
Moderator: James K. Galbraith (EPS)
Giovannoni (Bard College)
- Branko Milanovic (CUNY)
Rose (George Washington Institute of Public Policy)
Stiglitz (Columbia University)
US-Russia: Avoiding a New
Session in honor of Michael Intriligator
January 4, Boston Marriott
Moderator: Richard Kaufman (Bethesda Research
Skidelsky (Warwick University)
Sinai (Decision Economics)
Walt (Harvard Kennedy School)
Knight (Project on Defense Alternatives)
Carroll (The Boston Globe)
Congratulations to EPS Fellow Stephanie Kelton on her new
appointment as the chief economist for the minority on the Budget
A prominent advocate of bigger deficits and
unconventional economics will be Sen. Bernie Sanders’ chief economist
when he becomes the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee in
Stephanie Kelton, a self-described “deficit owl” and a
leading proponent of the alternative economics theory known as modern
monetary theory, announced that she would be the chief economist for
the minority on the Budget Committee.
“We’re very excited to have her on our team,” Sanders
aide Warren Gunnels told the Washington
Examiner, noting that Kelton has “very strong academic
Kelton is currently the chairwoman of the economics department
at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In addition to her academic
career, she has a strong presence on social media, especially on
Since the financial crisis, Kelton has developed a
following as a defender of larger deficits to counteract the recession,
as well as one of the leading exponents of modern monetary theory,
popularly referred to as MMT.
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19th International Conference on Economics
June 25 - 27, 2015, Grenoble, France
Bretagne (Brest), University Pierre Mendès
France (Grenoble) and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of
Grenoble are pleased to announce that the 19th Annual
International Conference on Economics and Security will
be held in Grenoble,
France, on June 25-27, 2015.
conference is co-organized with Economists for Peace and Security -
Proposed topics include:
of conflict and war
of the arms trade
and the restructuring of the MIC
races and alliances
economics and peace science
of terrorism, etc.
Call for papers is available
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In Other News
Paris Climate Talks the Most Significant Task Ahead of
Us in 2015
By Andrew Simms for The
Guardian, January 5, 2015
23 months and counting
This year’s almost mythic, defining task is to roll the
boulder of a new climate agreement uphill to Paris. There’s a whole
sack of new sustainable development goals to sign-off as well. Intended
to allow the whole human population to thrive within planetary
boundaries, these 17 principal goals were meant to be concise, global,
limited in number, action-oriented and easy to communicate.
The big ones like ‘end poverty in all its forms
everywhere’ are wonderful. But they are also hilariously out of
alignment with the current direction of the economies that created the
problems in the first place. Finance is still in the driving seat, with
Goldman Sachs giving 121 of its UK traders and chief bankers an average
pay packet of £3m. The latest data showed inequality rising in the UK,
median incomes down and the net wealth of financial corporations up by
Crucially, if just the climate boulder doesn’t get up
the hill of 2015, the impacts of irreversible global warming will kiss
goodbye all the other sustainable development goals regardless, however
great they sound.
Read the full article here:
The War With Radical Islam
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls
was not speaking metaphorically when he said that France is at war with
radical Islam. There is, indeed, a full-fledged war underway, and the
heinous terrorist attacks in Paris were part of it. Yet, like most
wars, this one is about more than religion, fanaticism, and ideology.
It is also about geopolitics, and its ultimate solution lies in
geopolitics as well.
Crimes like those in Paris, New York, London, and Madrid
– attacks on countless cafes, malls, buses, trains, and nightclubs –
affront our most basic human values, because they involve the
deliberate murder of innocents and seek to spread fear throughout
society. We are wont to declare them the work of lunatics and
sociopaths, and we feel repulsed by the very idea that they may have an
explanation beyond the insanity of their perpetrators.
Yet, in most cases, terrorism is not rooted in insanity.
It is more often an act of war, albeit war by the weak rather than by
organized states and their armies. Islamist terrorism is a reflection,
indeed an extension, of today’s wars in the Middle East. And with the
meddling of outside powers, those wars are becoming a single regional
war – one that is continually morphing, expanding, and becoming
Read the full article here:
Call for papers: The
Business and Economics of Peace Conference
The Institute for Economics and Peace and American
University’s Kogod School of Business will
host the 2015 biennial conference on “The Business and Economics of
Peace,” April 10-11, 2015 at American University in Washington, DC.
The conference will convene graduate, advanced
undergraduate students, academics, and practitioners in the following
areas of study: business, public policy, international relations,
economics, and statistics, among others. We seek to showcase the best
student work related to the key conference themes: 1) Economics,
Business and Peace, 2) Measuring Peace, 3) the Analysis and Management
of Risk, and 4) Resilient Businesses, Resilient Societies: Promoting
Positive Peace. In addition to the student presentations, established
academics and industry leaders will share the latest ideas in research
and practice. Discussions and networking opportunities with
practitioners will be emphasized in the program.
The inaugural conference took place at the Kogod School of Business in April 2013, and brought
together 40 speakers and 100 participants for research presentations,
panel discussions, career development, and networking.
More information availabel here:
Call for papers: 15th
Jan Tinbergen European Peace Science Conference
The15th Jan Tinbergen European Peace Science Conference will
be held at the Department of Politics and International Studies at the
University of Warwick, on June 22 - 24, 2015.
The Jan Tinbergen Conference is interdisciplinary. Pesentations that address any issue relating to
peace and security broadly defined will be welcomed. 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 experiments.
Abstracts (150-250 words) with a tentative title
submitted before February 8, 2015 will be considered for the
More information available
The Global Terrorism Index
The number of terrorist attacks around the world has
increased dramatically; over 80% of all terrorism occurs in only 5 countries.
Get the facts on terrorism.
Terrorism has become a global phenomenon with a 61%
increase in the number of people killed in terrorist attacks over the
last year. The 2014 Global Terrorism Index provides a fact-based
understanding of terrorism and its impact.
For more information about
The Global Terrorism Index, see
Offshore Energy by the Numbers: An Economic Analysis of Offshore Drilling and Wind
Energy in the Atlantic
Oceana’s report finds that offshore wind would produce
twice the number of jobs and twice the amount of energy as offshore
drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. The report, titled Offshore Energy by the
Numbers, An Economic Analysis of Offshore Drilling and Wind Energy in
the Atlantic, challenges recent claims by the oil and gas
industry that opening the East Coast to offshore drilling will lead the
United States to energy independence, generate millions of dollars in
revenue for states and create thousands of jobs in the process.
Oceana’s analysis instead finds that the benefits projected by the
industry appear to be exaggerated due to the inclusion of oil and gas
resources that are not economically recoverable, thereby inflating the
potential benefits. Industry estimates also rely upon an assumption of
a state revenue-sharing system that does not exist.
Oceana’s report also finds that offshore oil and gas
development along the Atlantic could put at risk some of the nearly 1.4
million jobs and over $95 billion in gross domestic product that rely
on healthy ocean ecosystems, mainly through fishing, tourism and
recreation. In fact, Oceana says the threats of offshore drilling would
begin far before a rig is ever put in the water. In July, the Obama
administration announced its decision to consider proposals for the use
of seismic airguns that make dynamite-like
blasts to search for oil and gas deposits deep below the ocean floor in
an area twice the size of California, stretching from Delaware to
Read more here:
EPS Quarterly, Volume
27, Issue 3 —September 2014
"Back to Iraq?" Issue
This issue brings together analysis and discussion of
the issues facing the people of Iraq and the world in light of the
development of ISIS. These pieces were written in late June through
August, and so reflect the shifting situation on the ground. The articles
are arranged in chronological order to follow the progression of
thought as ISIS developed and changed. The Situation is, of course,
Table of contents
Read the individual articles
The Economics of Peace and Security Journal, Volume 9,
Afghanistan, Burundi, Cyprus, South Africa, and
anti-corruption in the defense sector
This issue contains several case studies. Travers B.
Child writes on the relative lack of effectiveness of US reconstruction
spending in Afghanistan. Topher McDougal and
Lars Almquist write on an agricultural
cooperative in civil-war afflicted Burundi. Omer Goksecus,
Claire Finnegan, and Huseyin Cakal write on beekeepers in northern Cyprus. And
Jeremy Seekings and Kai Thaler
write on violence in Cape Town. In addition, Oliver Cover and Saad Mustafa report on a study of Transparency
International's anti-corruption index in the defense and security
Table of Contents
effects of agricultural cooperatives on land conflicts, violence,
and community trust: Household-level evidence from rural Burundi
L. McDougal, Lars Almquist
actors’ role in solving local collective action problems in a
post-conflict setting: A case study of Turkish Cypriot beekeepers
Gokcekus, Clare Finnegan, Huseyin Cakal
corruption risks in the defense and security sector: Empirical
evidence using the Government Defense Anti-Corruption Index
Cover, Saad Mustafa
and socioeconomic conditions in Cape Town
Seekings, Kai Thaler
and minds cannot be bought: Ineffective reconstruction in
is a peer-reviewed online publication hosted by EPS. Published twice
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Take US Nuclear Weapons off Hair-trigger Alert
Today, the United States keeps nuclear missiles on high
alert, ready to be fired in a matter of minutes. This dangerous
practice has not changed in decades. Today's security threats have
changed and we need to adapt accordingly—maintaining our 450
land-based, long-range nuclear missiles on hair-trigger alert is
unnecessary and could lead to disaster.
It's time to take our
nuclear missiles off hair-trigger alert and make us all safer.
Keeping US land-based missiles on high alert increases
the risk that one or more will be launched by accident, without
authorization, or in response to a false warning of an incoming attack.
The US alert status compels Russia to keep its missiles on high alert
to deter a disarming blow from the United States, in turn generating
the risk of a Russian accidental, unauthorized, or mistaken launch. The
launch of even one missile would be a catastrophe.
When he was running for president in 2008, President
Obama pledged to address this issue as did his predecessor, George W.
Bush. The president has the authority to remove these missiles from
To contact the President
about this issue follow the link below:
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- April 10 - 11, 2015 The
Business and Economics of Peace Conference will be held at
American University in Washington, DC.
information is available here:
- June 22 - 24, 2015 The15th
Jan Tinbergen European Peace Science Conference
will be held at the Department of Politics and International
Studies at the University of Warwick, UK.
More information is
- June 25 - 27, 2015 The
19th International Conference on Economics and Security
be hosted by EPS - France in Grenoble, France.
ENSTA Bretagne (Brest), University Pierre Mendès
France (Grenoble) and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques
of Grenoble are pleased to announce that the 19th Annual
International Conference on Economics and Security will be held in
Grenoble, France, on June 25-27, 2015. The conference is
co-organized with Economists for Peace and Security.
information as it becomes available will be posted here:
- June 28 - July 2, 2015 The
90th Annual Western Economics Association International
Conference will be at the Hilton Hawaiian
Keynote address just announced -- Christian Dustmann,
University College London, Director of the Centre for Research and
Analysis on Migration, and Scientific Director of the NORFACE
Research Programme on Migration.
details available here:
- July 24 - July 26, 2015 The Sixth
International Meeting on Conflict Management, Peace Economics and
Peace Science will be held at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.
Organized in cooperation with Chulalongkorn
University, The State University of New York at Binghamton, and
The International Center for Conflict Prevention and Management
and other private and public institutions.
more information email Manas Chatterji
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