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EPS will be organizing two sessions and our annual
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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
in the Baltics
Allen Sinai - Decision Economics, Austerity and Monetary
James K. Galbraith - EPS, University of Texas-
Balancing National Security
Sunday, Jan 3, 2016 2:30 pm, Hilton Union Square, Continental
– Parlor 2
Panel Moderator: Richard Kaufman - Bethesda Research
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
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20th Annual International Annual Conference on Economics
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
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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.
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There's Still No Solution To The Real Cause Of The Refugee Crisis
By Nick Robins-Early for The Huffington
Post September 11, 2015
European Union leaders will meet next week to try and
establish a common policy for the EU’s member states to deal with the continent’s
ongoing refugee and migrant crisis, as thousands of people continue to
cross into Europe each day. This summer saw a dramatic increase in the
number of people fleeing conflict and hardship, particularly from
Syria, underscoring the need for an international response to a
humanitarian disaster that has been going on for years.
Countries in Europe and elsewhere are now considering
accepting more refugees, and the EU is contemplating a quota system
that would distribute the people seeking asylum throughout the union’s
various member states. Yet even as there’s been a burst of action to
mitigate the effects of the crisis within European borders, Western
leaders have remained relatively silent on one of the key factors
causing that crisis -- namely, Syria's civil war, a push factor that
has created a surge in refugees and internally displaced people.
In total, more than 10 million Syrians have been forced
from their homes by the conflict, or about half the country's
population. Of the more than 4 million people who have fled the country
as refugees, most are in neighboring states like Turkey and Lebanon.
But a number of factors -- including dwindling humanitarian aid and a
lack of access to work and public services -- are making these
countries increasingly untenable places for Syrian refugees to stay. As
a result, many people are attempting the journey to Europe.
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Prison Gets Rich Locking Up Preschoolers
By Betsy Woodruff for The Daily Beast, September 8,
Corrections Corporation of America is getting rich from
jailing children and pregnant women—and no one seems to care.
If you’re looking to make some money, try locking up
One for-profit prison company has found that
incarcerating infants, toddlers, children, and mothers—as long as
they’re undocumented immigrants—is a great way to boost their revenue
by upward of $49 million over the previous year.
The latest quarterly finance report from Corrections
Corporation of America, a for-profit prison company, indicates that its
contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to manage a detention
center packed with immigrant mothers and children is very helpful to
its bottom line.
Part of the reason their deal is so lucrative? The
public isn’t particularly bothered by it.
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Call for Applications: The Ibrahim Leadership
Fellowships, designed to mentor future African leaders
The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships form a selective programme
designed to mentor future African leaders. The Fellows receive
mentoring from the current leaders of key multilateral institutions.
Prospective fellows who meet the eligibility criteria are
invited to apply directly to the current hosts once the application
The timeline for applications is:
Process opens Wednesday, September 9, 2015
deadline for submissions – Monday, November 9, 2015
notification of successful candidate – Wednesday, January 27, 2016
anticipated start date – early May 2016.
More Information available
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
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,
More information available
Low-carbon Cities Are a $17 trillion Opportunity
Report by The New Climate Economy, September 8, 2015
New research from the New Climate Economy finds that
investing in public and low emission transport, building efficiency,
and waste management in cities could generate savings with a current
value of $17 trillion by 2050. These low-carbon investments could also
reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3.7 Gt CO2e per year by 2030, more
than the current annual emissions of India.
With complementary national policies such as support for
low-carbon innovation, reduced fossil fuel subsidies, and carbon
pricing, the savings could be as high as $22 trillion.
“The steps that cities take to shrink their carbon
footprints also reduce their energy costs, improve public health, and
help them attract new residents and businesses,” said Michael R.
Bloomberg, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate
Change. “This report can help accelerate the progress cities are making
in all of these areas, by highlighting smart policies and encouraging
cooperation through efforts like the Compact of Mayors.”
The report recommends that cities commit to low-carbon
urban development strategies by 2020. It also recommends cities commit
to the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of mayors and city
officials pledging to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions, enhance
resilience to climate change, and track their progress transparently.
More than 130 cities – representing more than 220 million people – have
already committed to the Compact of Mayors and will be setting
ambitious emissions reduction targets and reporting publicly.
Read more here:
Economists vs. Economics
By Dani Rodrick for Project Syndicate, September
Ever since the late nineteenth century, when economics,
increasingly embracing mathematics and statistics, developed scientific
pretensions, its practitioners have been accused of a variety of sins.
The charges – including hubris, neglect of social goals beyond incomes,
excessive attention to formal techniques, and failure to predict major
economic developments such as financial crises – have usually come from
outsiders, or from a heterodox fringe. But lately it seems that even
the field’s leaders are unhappy.
Paul Krugman, a Nobel laureate who also writes a newspaper column, has
made a habit of slamming the latest generation of models in
macroeconomics for neglecting old-fashioned Keynesian truths. Paul
Romer, one of the originators of new growth theory, has accused some
leading names, including the Nobel laureate Robert Lucas, of what he
calls “mathiness” – using math to obfuscate rather than clarify.
Richard Thaler, a distinguished behavioral economist at the University
of Chicago, has taken the profession to task for ignoring real-world
behavior in favor of models that assume people are rational optimizers.
And finance professor Luigi Zingales, also at the University of
Chicago, has charged that his fellow finance specialists have led
society astray by overstating the benefits produced by the financial
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• Leading natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) projects
• Ability to collaborate broadly with environmental professionals of
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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.""
Read the full issue here:
EPS Quarterly, Volume
27, Issue 1 —March 2015
The Economic and Security Future Issue
This issue is comprised of edited transcripts from a
conference held on November 17, 2014, in Washington, DC.
"A prosperous 21st century will not happen by
itself. Formidable obstacles lie between us and the future we seek.
These obstacles are not iron laws of economics, limits on natural
resources, or demographics as destiny. These obstacles are
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Remarks, James K. Galbraith
Security Situation: Russia, Iraq, and Syria, and Beyond
Ahead: Climate, Infrastructure, Finance and Security
Read the full issue 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
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warlords and geographic distance
supplement: Nonparasitic warlords and geographic distance
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 analysis approach
McDougal, Talia Hagerty, Lisa Inks, Caitriona Dowd, Stone Conroy
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Economists Support the Iran Peace Deal
Economists for Peace and Security and the undersigned
support the Iran Nuclear Agreement (JCPOA) mainly because it is the
best way to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and to avoid a war
with that country. We should have learned by now that going to war
should be the absolute last option, and that diplomacy can resolve
disputes with other nations in a satisfactory and cost efficient
Why is this agreement the best chance to avoid war with
Iran? Iran wants very badly to end the sanctions and to resume trade
and other relations with the United States and Europe. Iran knows that
the cost of being found to cheat will be very high; therefore it has a
very strong reason to respect this agreement. For that reason, Iran is
willing to accept intrusive inspections, which will, in turn, help
assure the rest of the world that the agreement is respected.
We do not have to look further than the war with Iraq to
see how much war can cost. That war has been disastrous for the US in
terms of military spending and the consequences for the US economy. The
war with Iraq has cost us 4500 American lives, upwards of $2 trillion
in direct costs, and over $6 trillion by the time it will have been all
paid for, a generation or more from now. And that does not
include the damages to Iraq in human, material and security terms, or
the ongoing challenges in that region as a result of the war.
We should learn about the costs of war from what
happened in Iraq, and we should give the possibility of peace with Iran
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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 for Catholic Education of the Holy See and the
International 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.
information available here:
- October 5, 2015 From Theory to
Practice: the Inaugural Positive Peace Conference. The
conference is organized by The
Institute for Economics and Peace, Humanity United, and the Center
on Democracy, Development and Rule of Law at Stanford University’s
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and will be
held at Stanford University.
information available here:http://positivepeace2015.splashthat.com//?em=187&gz=813699e79ede9599fcd49021d82e8a34&pp=1
- November 6 - 7, 2015
Beyond Boundaries: Shifting Dynamics in Peace and Conflict Studies
will be hosted by The Kroc Institute for International Peace
Studies, at Notre Dame University.
Information available here:
- November 13 - 14, 2015 Medact Two Day
Forum 2015: Health Through Peace will be held
at Friends House, London, UK.
Health Through Peace is a a two-day event hosted by Medact,
Saferworld, Oxford Research Group, Kings College London, Quakers
in Britain, ICAN UK, Campaign Against Arms Trade and others, at
which you can learn and take on action of some of most important
issues in the world today. Through it, the organizers are calling
on the UK health community to promote health by confronting war
and militarisation, and tackling the root drivers of global
information available here:
- January 3 - 5, 2016 The ASSA/AEA
Annual Meetings will be held in San Francisco, CA.
note The Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday
information available here:
- January 7 - 10, 2016 Western Economic
Association International 12th International Conference
will be held at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
information available here:
- 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:
- 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:
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