The more we
sweat in peace, the less we bleed in war.
~Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
A Blueprint for Greece's Recovery
By EPS fellow Yanis Varoufakis for Project
Syndicate, May 6, 2015
Months of negotiations between our government and the International
Monetary Fund, the European Union, and the European Central Bank have
produced little progress. One reason is that all sides are focusing too
much on the strings to be attached to the next liquidity injection and
not enough on a vision of how Greece can recover and develop
sustainably. If we are to break the current impasse, we must envisage a
healthy Greek economy.
Sustainable recovery requires synergistic reforms that
unleash the country’s considerable potential by removing bottlenecks in
several areas: productive investment, credit provision, innovation,
competition, social security, public administration, the judiciary, the
labor market, cultural production, and, last but not least, democratic
International Conference on Economics and Security
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(Brest), University Pierre Mendès France
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Grenoble will host the 19th
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will be held in Grenoble,
France, on June 25-27, 2015. The conference is
co-organized with Economists for Peace and Security.
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Why You Can’t Talk About The Amtrak Derailment Without Talking About
Our Infrastructure Crisis
By Aviva Shen for Think
Progress, May 13, 2015
At least six people have died and more than 140 people are
injured in the wake of the deadliest Amtrak derailment in recent
history. Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 rolled off the tracks
while rounding a bend near Philadelphia, according to NBC Philadelphia,
while carrying 238 passengers and five crew members. As officials sort
through the wreckage and try to determine the cause of the tragedy, the
Northeast Corridor — Amtrak’s busiest and most profitable route between
Boston and Washington — will be shut down for an indeterminate amount
Already the densest rail route in the US, aging
Northeast Corridor trains are grappling with more riders than ever. The
route has steadily broken ridership records every year for more than a
decade — last year, 11.6 million people rode a Northeast Corridor train.
But Amtrak has been starved of the funds required to keep up with this
increased demand. The Northeast Corridor is shouldering a backlog of
repairs expected to require $4.3 billion in fiscal year 2019,
while federal funding is expected to dwindle to $872 million.
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Call for Papers: Special Edition of Journal of
Peacebuilding and Development
“Donor Driven Peace? A Critical Reflection on Donor
Support to Peacebuilding in Practice”
Volume 11 Number 1
With Visiting Editor: Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
JPD is a tri-annual refereed journal providing a forum
for critical thinking and constructive action at the intersections of
conflict, development and peace
JPD is calling for briefings for special issue Volume 11
Number 1, on the theme of “Donor Driven Peace? A Critical Reflection on
Donor Support to Peacebuilding in Practice.” This issue will be
published in April 2016. JPD generally 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
More information available
Peace and Corruption Report
Institute for Economics and Peace, May 2015
Peace and Corruption, the latest report from the Institute
for Economics and Peace, deepens the understanding of corruption as one
of the key factors that constrains economic development and peace.
The analysis shows that there is a statistically
significant link between peace and corruption. Looking at the data over
time we can see that globally the world is becoming more corrupt and
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Readership in Development Economics
Cambridge University, Cambridge UK
The Faculty of Economics seeks applications for a
Readership in Development Economics which is a permanent senior position
and is available from September 1, 2015. Candidates should have an
internationally established academic reputation for excellence in
research and a proven capacity to take a leadership role.
Full details available here:
Head of Economy and Peacebuilding
International Alert, London, UK
The Head of Economy and Peacebuilding (E&PB) manages
a team within the Peacebuilding Issues Programme
(PIP). He or she provides conceptual and hands-on leadership for
International Alert’s work in understanding economic drivers of peace,
and influencing the economic policies and governments, international organisations and businesses so that they are
conflict-sensitive and conducive to peace.
Full details available here:
The Economics of Peace and Security Journal, Volume 10,
In addition to a four-article symposium on Nigeria, this
issue contains three stand-alone articles. The first, by Jerry Hionis, is a theoretical piece considering the role
of geographic distance in a contest between two warlords. The second,
by Belah Fallal and
Yousef Daoud, is on the effect of Israel's
occupation on the Palestinian labor market. The third, by Matthew
McCaffrey, studies aspects of war and peace economics in classic
Chinese military writings. The symposium on conflict and peace in
Nigeria starts with a political economy piece by Michael Nwankpa on Boko Haram. This is followed by Kostadis Papaioannou and
Angus Dalrymple-Smith with a historical piece
on the role of political order in affecting development outcomes today.
Finally, a team of researchers around Topher
McDougal, contributes two articles, one on the potential microeconomic
benefits of peace in Nigeria's Middle Belt states; the other on the
macroeconomic benefits for the country as a whole.
Table of Contents
warlords and geographic distance
supplement: Nonparasitic warlords and geographic distance
Belal Fallah, Yousef Daoud
economics of peace and war in the Chinese military classics
political economy of securitization: The case of Boko Haram,
instability and discontinuity in Nigeria: The pre-colonial past
and public goods provision under colonial and post-colonial
Jason Papaioannou, Angus Edwin Dalrymple-Smith
Effect of Farmer-Pastoralist Violence on Income: New Survey
Evidence from Nigeria’s Middle Belt States
L. McDougal, Talia Hagerty, Lisa Inks,
Claire-Lorentz Ugo-Ike, Caitriona Dowd, Stone Conroy, Daniel Ogabiela
benefits of farmer-pastoralist peace in Nigeria’s Middle Belt: An input-output
McDougal, Talia Hagerty, Lisa Inks,
Caitriona Dowd, Stone Conroy
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EPS Quarterly, Volume
26, Issue 4 —December 2014
The Cost of Climate Change Issue
Table of contents
The Costs of Climate Change Far Outweigh the Costs of
Actions to Slow it
Letter from a Former Director
Climate Security 101: Why the US National SecurityEstablishment Takes Climate Change
Caitlin Werrell &
What Carbon Costs Us
Elizabeth A. Stanton
The Economic Impacts of Future Coal Production in West
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Your Tax Dollars at Work: Spending on War
Imbalanced spending has consequences: cuts in programs
that reduce income inequality, as well as missed opportunities to
prevent war and address climate change. Even with recent wars ending,
military spending still accounts for 40 percent of every tax dollar the
US government spends, while other needs go unmet.
40 cents of every dollar we pay in federal income taxes
go to pay for current and past wars (calculated based on the federal
fund budget, including OCO). At the same time, education, diplomacy, and
help to the nearly 100 million people living in poverty in this country
get only pennies on every dollar.
With so much of our tax dollars already going to military projects,
reducing or eliminating the Pentagon's Overseas Contingency Operations
account is an important step to correct overspending on the Department
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- June 22 - 24, 2015 The 15th Jan
Tinbergen European Peace Science Conference will
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- June 25 - 27, 2015
The 19th International Conference on Economics and Security
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- June 28 - July 2, 2015 The 90th Annual Western Economics
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- July 24 - 26, 2015 The 6th
International Meeting on Conflict Management, Peace Economics and
Peace Science will be held at Chulalongkorn
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- September 17 - 19, 2015 Colloquium "Right to Food, Peace and
Democracy" the Università Cattolica
del Sacro Cuore, in collaboration with the Congregation
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Federation of Catholic Universities is organizing an international
Colloquium on the theme: Right to Food, Peace and Democracy.
Research and Education in an ethical perspective. The Colloquium
will be held in Milan Italy.
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