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November 2015

 

 

 

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I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.


~Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

 

Table of Contents

EPS News

In Other News

Links

EPS Publications

Action Corner

Upcoming Events

How Can I Help?

 

 

 

EPS News 

 

EPS at The AEA

 

EPS will be organizing two sessions and our annual dinner at the 2016 ASSA/AEA Annual Meetings.

 

Sessions:

 

The Crisis of Austerity
Sunday, Jan 3, 2016 10:15 am, Hilton Union Square, Continental – Parlor 2

Panel Moderator: Marshall Auerback 

 

Patrick Honohan - Central Bank of Ireland - Austerity in Ireland

Jeffrey Sommers - University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee - Austerity in the Baltics

Allen Sinai - Decision Economics, Austerity and Monetary Policy

James K. Galbraith - EPS, University of Texas- Austin, Austerity in Greece

 

Balancing National Security and Transparency
Sunday, Jan 3, 2016 2:30 pm, Hilton Union Square, Continental – Parlor 2

Panel Moderator: Richard Kaufman - Bethesda Research Institute 

Yanis Varoufakis - Former Finance Minister, Hellenic Republic
Robert Skidelsky - Warwick University 
Linda Bilmes - Harvard University 
Daniel Ellsberg - Nuclear Age Peace Foundation 

 

This year our dinner will honor Daniel Ellsberg.

January 4th, 2016

6:30pm - 10pm

 

*Please note The Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday this year.

 

 

 

The Economics of Peace and Security Journal, Volume 10, Number 2

(October 2015)

In addition to a four-article symposium on Afghanistan, this issue contains three stand-alone articles. The first two, respectively by Charles H. Anderton and by Sebastian Ille and Dina Mansour, both construct evoluationary game theory models to study the social evolution of violence and potential levers for intervention and the creation of peaceful environments. The third, by Uih Ran Lee, discusses the creation and application of a new dataset on the intentional targeting of civilians in war. The symposium on field research in Afghanistan is introduced by guest editor Travers B. Child and contains articles by Daniel Karrel, Greg Adams, Jan Koehler, Kristof Gosztonyi, Keith Child, and Basir Feda, and James Weir and Hekmatullah Azamy.

 

For more information about the Journal or to subscribe:
http://www.epsjournal.org.uk/

 

 

 

20th Annual International Annual Conference on Economics and Security

 

The Twentieth International Annual Conference on Economics and Security will be held at TED University, Ankara, Turkey on June 16-17, 2016.

 

ICES welcomes presentations that address any issue relating to peace and security broadly defined. 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 April 1, 2016 will be considered for the conference.

 

Further information on the organization of the conference will be availabe at: http://ices2016.tedu.edu.tr/en/ices2016/ 

For any further information about the conference, you can contact the organizers here: ices2016@tedu.edu.tr.

 

 

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In Other News 

 

Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet awarded Nobel Peace Prize

The Norwegian Nobel Committee

 

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 is to be awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011. The Quartet was formed in the summer of 2013 when the democratization process was in danger of collapsing as a result of political assassinations and widespread social unrest. It established an alternative, peaceful political process at a time when the country was on the brink of civil war. It was thus instrumental in enabling Tunisia, in the space of a few years, to establish a constitutional system of government guaranteeing fundamental rights for the entire population, irrespective of gender, political conviction or religious belief.

 

More details available here:

http://nobelpeaceprize.org/en_GB/laureates/laureates-2015/announce-2015/

 

 

 

Call for Chapters - Ethnographic Peace Research: Strengths, Challenges, and Ethics

The Institute of Conflict, Transition, and Peace Research, University of Aberdeen



This call for abstracts is targeted at those who either conduct or wish to critique what we will call "Ethnographic Peace Research" (EPR). The goal of this project is to compile an edited volume to include chapters which illustrate, promote, or question the use of ethnographic methods in Peace Research. Abstracts of 600 words or less should be submitted by December 1, 2015. 

 

More Information available here:

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/ictpr/news/8235/

 

 

 

Call for Papers: The 16th Jan Tinbergen European Peace Science Conference

 

The 16th Jan Tinbergen European Peace Science Conference, annual meeting of NEPS, will take place at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Largo Gemelli 1, 20123 Milan on 20th – 22nd June 2016.

 

Raul Caruso will be the local host of the conference at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart.

Also, we are delighted to inform you that the NEPS Lecture will be given by Halvard Buhaug, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).

 

We welcome presentations that address any issue relating to peace and security broadly defined. As in the past, we strive 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. Programs and lists of participants of

All abstracts (150-250 words) with a tentative title must be submitted by January 30,
2016.

 

More information available here:

http://www.europeanpeacescientists.org/Call%20for%20Papers%20-%2016th%20Jan%20Tinbergen%20European%20Peace%20Science%20Conference.pdf

 

 

 

Links

 

Surging Seas
Sea level rise analysis by Climate Central

 

Global warming has raised global sea level about 8 inches since 1880, and the rate of rise is accelerating. Rising seas dramatically increase the odds of damaging floods from storm surges. A Climate Central analysis finds the odds of “century” or worse floods occurring by 2030 are on track to double or more, over widespread areas of the U.S. These increases threaten an enormous amount of damage. Across the country, nearly 5 million people live in 2.6 million homes at less than 4 feet above high tide — a level lower than the century flood line for most locations analyzed. And compounding this risk, scientists expect roughly 2 to 7 more feet of sea level rise this century — a lot depending upon how much more heat-trapping pollution humanity puts into the sky. 

 

Search or navigate our interactive tools above to see maps of areas below different amounts of sea level rise and flooding, down to neighborhood scale, matched with area timelines of risk. The tool also provides statistics of population, homes and land affected by city, county and state, plus links to factsheets, data downloads, action plans, embeddable widgets, and more.

 

Explore the map here:

http://sealevel.climatecentral.org/

 

 

 

African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review

Indiana University Press

 

ACPR: African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review is an interdisciplinary forum for creative and rigorous studies of conflict and peace in Africa, and for discussions among scholars, practitioners, and public intellectuals in Africa, the United States, and other parts of the world. ACPR provides a wide range of theoretical, methodological, and empirical perspectives on the causes of conflicts and peace processes including, among others, cultural practices relating to conflict resolution and peacebuilding, legal and political preventative measures, and the intersection of international, regional, and local interests and conceptions with conflict and peace.


Read the full blog post here:

http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/pages.php?pID=73&CDpath=4

 

 

 

EPS Publications 

 

The Economics of Peace and Security Journal, Volume 10, Number 2

(October 2015)

In addition to a four-article symposium on Afghanistan, this issue contains three stand-alone articles. The first two, respectively by Charles H. Anderton and by Sebastian Ille and Dina Mansour, both construct evoluationary game theory models to study the social evolution of violence and potential levers for intervention and the creation of peaceful environments. The third, by Uih Ran Lee, discusses the creation and application of a new dataset on the intentional targeting of civilians in war. The symposium on field research in Afghanistan is introduced by guest editor Travers B. Child and contains articles by Daniel Karrel, Greg Adams, Jan Koehler, Kristof Gosztonyi, Keith Child, and Basir Feda, and James Weir and Hekmatullah Azamy.

 

Table of Contents 

  • The social evolution of genocide across time and geographic space: Perspectives from evolutionary game theory
    Charles H. Anderton
  • Rational atrocities and state formation: A game theoretic approach to the case of ISIS
    Sebastian Ille, Dina Mansour
  • Hysteresis of targeting civilians in armed conflicts
    Uih Ran Lee
  • On the ground: Field research from Afghanistan
    Travers Barclay Child
  • Aid, power, and grievances: Lessons for war and peace from rural Afghanistan
    Daniel Karell
  • Honing the proper edge: CERP and the two-sided potential of military-led development in Afghanistan
  • Greg Adams
  • Toward mixed-methods impact evaluation: Making stabilization assessments work for development cooperation
    Jane Koehler, Kristof Gosztonyi, Keith Child, Basir Feda
  • Economic impediments to a Taliban peace process
    James Weir, Hekmatullah Azamy

The Journal is a peer-reviewed online publication hosted by EPS. 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 50% discount on the annual subscription to the Economics of Peace and Security Journal. A regular one-year subscription is $50; for EPS members, it's only $25!

 

For more information about the Journal or to subscribe:
http://www.epsjournal.org.uk/.


To become a member of EPS (and qualify for the subscription discount):

http://epsusa.org/membership/membership.htm.

 

 

 

 

EPS Quarterly, Volume 27, Issue 2 —June 2015

US-Russia Avoiding a New Cold War Issue

 

This issue is comprised of edited transcripts of a panel session held on January 4, 2015 as part of the Allied Social Sciences Association meetings in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

"Oil rents... enable system to survive... The Putin Government is integrally tied to the continuation of the petro economy... The Whole system depends on the price of energy and commodities continuing to go up.""

 

Panelists 

  • Chair: Richard Kaufman
  • Robert Skidelsky
  • Allen Sinai
  • Stephen Walt
  • Charles Knight
  • James Carroll

Read the full issue here:

http://www.epsusa.org/publications/newsletter/2015/june15/june15.pdf

 

 

 

Action Corner

  

Gambling With Natural Gas: Will Your State Play Its Cards Right?

 

The fuels your state uses to generate electricity can make a big difference in your electric bill, and what that bill will look like in the future will depend a lot on where you live. Why? The electricity sector has already begun shifting away from dirty coal-fired power plants to cleaner-burning natural gas, plus renewable energy like wind and solar power. This shift will accelerate now that states and utilities must lower their heat-trapping emissions almost a third by 2030 under the new federal Clean Power Plan. The decisions your governor makes over the next few years could impact your state's energy future for decades to come—and your pocketbook as well.

 

While natural gas has a potential role to play in play in our energy transition, too much natural gas—itself a fossil fuel—can be a problem. New Union of Concerned Scientists analysis shows that consumers in two-thirds of US states may be at financial risk because of an overreliance on natural gas.

 

To support prioritizing renewable energy over natural gas see:

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Upcoming Events 

 

  • January 3 - 5, 2016 The ASSA/AEA Annual Meetings will be held in San Francisco, CA.
    *Please note The Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday this year.

    More information available here:
    https://www.aeaweb.org/Annual_Meeting/index.php
  • January 7 - 10, 2016 Western Economic Association International 12th International Conference will be held at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

    More information available here:
    http://www.weai.org/index.html
  • February 25 - 28, 2016 Eastern Economic Association 42nd Annual Conference will be held in Washington DC.

    More information available here:
    https://www.quinnipiac.edu/eea/42nd-annual-conference/
  • April 12 - 13 The 25th Annual Hyman P. Minsky Conference on the State of the US and World Economies hosted by The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College and The Ford Foundation will be held at Bard College

    More information available here:
    http://www.levyinstitute.org/news/25th-annual-hyman-p-minsky-conference
  • June 16 - 17, 2016 Twentieth International Annual Conference on Economics and Security will be held at TED University, Ankara, Turkey.

    More information as it becomes available here:
    http://ices2016.tedu.edu.tr/en/ices2016/
  • June 20 - 22, 2016 The 16th Jan Tinbergen European Peace Science Conference, annual meeting of NEPS, will be held at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Largo Gemelli 1, 20123 Milan.

    More Information available here:
    http://www.europeanpeacescientists.org/jan.html

 

 

 

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