replace the old paradigm of war with a new paradigm of waging
peace, we must be pioneers who can push the boundaries of human
understanding. We must be doctors who can cure the virus of
violence. We must be soldiers of peace who can do more than
preach to the choir. And we must be artists who will make the
world our masterpiece.
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IPB World Congress 2016 on Military and Social Spending
September 30 – October 3, 2016 TechnischeUniversitat Berlin, Germany
In 2014 the world’s governments spent over $1,700
billion on the military sector. The Congress organizers believe
this money must instead be spent on:
to support the most vulnerable
conflict prevention & resolution, human security
justice, human rights, gender equality and green job-creation
development, new production and consumption patterns, ante-poverty
programs, UN Sustainable Development Goals.
We strongly believe the absolutely necessary ‘great
transformation’ of global human society can only be achieved when
also reallocating military expenditure and handling conflict
differently. After all, we are facing ä crisis of civilization,
which is more far-reaching than an ecological and economic crisis
alone. We are living on one single Planet Earth but exploiting its
resources as if We had three. We witness
how our predominant economic and Developmental model has failed to
provide justice, livelihood and human security for all. We now also
face the resurgence of militarism and confrontational politics.
Hence, we view this priority shift in government spending as one
element in ä much broader global transformation towards ä green,
socially just and peaceful society. The main aim of this congress
is to bring the issue of military spending, often seen as a
technical question, into broad public debate and to strengthen the
global community of activism.
Annual International Annual Conference on Economics and Security
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.
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in the Midst of an Eviction Crisis By S.E. Smith for Truthout,
San Francisco -- with its tech boom and housing crunch -- is infamous
for Ellis Act evictions that force tenants out of a building
and allow the landlord to "go out of business."
In practice, that means that many tenants are evicted
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including teardown and redevelopment.
The issue has attracted nationwide attention as San
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But San Francisco isn't the only offender. In fact,
across the US, there's a looming eviction problem, creating yet
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struggled with since the Recession.
The Mexico Peace Index (MPI), produced by the Institute
for Economics and Peace, provides a comprehensive measure of
peacefulness in Mexico from 2003 to 2015, with new results for 2015.
This report aims to deepen the understanding of the trends, patterns
and drivers of peace in Mexico, while highlighting the important
economic benefits that will flow from a more peaceful society.
The MPI is based on the work of the Global Peace Index, the leading
measure of global peacefulness that has been produced by IEP every
year since 2007. It is part of a series of national peace indices,
which includes the United States Peace Index and the United Kingdom
The Economics of Peace and Security Journal, Volume
10, Number 2 (October
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 BasirFeda, and James
Weir and HekmatullahAzamy.
social evolution of genocide across time and geographic space:
Perspectives from evolutionary game theory
Charles H. Anderton
atrocities and state formation: A game theoretic approach to the
case of ISIS
Sebastian Ille, Dina Mansour
of targeting civilians in armed conflicts Uih Ran Lee
the ground: Field research from Afghanistan
Travers Barclay Child
power, and grievances: Lessons for war and peace from rural
the proper edge: CERP and the two-sided potential of
military-led development in Afghanistan
mixed-methods impact evaluation: Making stabilization
assessments work for development cooperation
Jane Koehler, Kristof Gosztonyi, Keith
impediments to a Taliban peace process
James Weir, HekmatullahAzamy
The Journal is
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US spends nearly as much on its military as all other countries
combined -- at a time when critical domestic needs continue to be
cut. Budget Control Act caps
(aka “Sequestration”) since 2011 have already deeply cut Federal
support for education, food programs, housing, transportation, and
green energy, and the new majorities in Congress plan to make
further cuts this year, including to Social Security and Medicaid,
while preserving the caps. Yet reductions in unnecessary military
spending could eventually, not in the short term, free up Federal
funds for these human and social needs.
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·June 20 - July 4, 2016The
3rd International Summer School in Sarajevo and Srebrenica,
Learning from the past - Exploring the Role of Transitional Justice
in Rebuilding Trust in a Post-conflict Society will be
held at The International University of Sarajevo (IUS).
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