The Crisis of Austerity
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
Panel Moderator: Richard Kaufman -Bethesda
Linda Bilmes - Harvard University
Richard Holt - Southern Oregon University
Ron Unz - The Unz Review
Daniel Ellsberg - Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Annual Dinner with 2016 Honoree Daniel Ellsberg
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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Climate Change Disaster Is Biggest Threat to Global
Economy in 2016, Say Experts
By Larry Elliott, January 14, 2016 for The Gaurdian
caused by climate change is seen as the biggest potential threat to
the global economy in 2016, according to a survey of 750 experts
conducted by the World Economic Forum.
assessment of risks conducted by the WEF before its annual meeting
in Davos on 20-23 January showed that global warming had catapulted
its way to the top of the list of concerns.
A failure of
climate change mitigation and adaptation was seen as likely to have a bigger impact than the
spread of weapons of mass destruction, water crises, mass
involuntary migration and a severe energy price shock – the first
time in the 11 years of the Global Risks report that the
environment has been in first place.
prepared by the WEF in collaboration with risk specialists Marsh
& McLennan and Zurich Insurance Group, comes a month after the
deal signed in Paris to reduce carbon emissions. The WEF said
evidence was mounting that inter-connections between risks were
becoming stronger. It cited links between climate change and
involuntary migration or international security, noting that these
often had “major and unpredictable impacts”.
Espen Barth Eide, the WEF’s head of geopolitical affairs,
said there was a risk of Europe fragmenting as a result of “people
on the move”.
Collateral Damage of Mass Incarceration By Ellen Short, December 15, 2016 for
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Did you know
that Sesame Street has introduced a character that has a father in
jail? Alex, the new Muppet character, was created to help the 2.7
million children in the United States with an incarcerated parent
sort through how to talk about having a parent behind bars and cope
with missing them in their daily lives.
The Impact of Criminal
Records on Children and Families hosted by the Center for American
Progress shed light on the sad truth that the person who committed
the crime is not the only person who is penalized in the context of
Having a parent incarcerated
is destabilizing to a child because that parent is no longer present
to raise the child and is limited in ways to provide for them
financially-not to mention the stigma that children of incarcerated
parents carry with them.
The US is the world's leader
in incarceration with 2.2 million people in the nation's prisons or
jails -- 5 times as many as there were 30 years ago. Most of this
increase is due to changes in state and federal laws, not increases
The Unfinished Business of Gender Parity
By Dennis Nally, January 18, 2016 for Project Syndicate
When it comes
to the importance of gender equality in the workplace, the message
has clearly gotten through to those at the top. Surveys – including
those conducted by my own organization – consistently show that
business leaders understand the need for equal treatment of men and
women in the workforce.
Indeed, my own
conversations with senior businesspeople around the world confirm
that progress clearly is being made. The vast majority
recognize the issue as imperative to their companies’
success and have implemented measures to promote gender parity in
their organizations. And yet, for all the fine words, much more
remains to be done before gender parity is actually achieved.
speak for themselves. There is still a pay gap in every country in
the world, with men earning more than women for similar jobs.
Likewise, the percentage of seats on corporate boards occupied by
women appears to have stalled at just over 17%.
This bias has
not gone unnoticed – especially among female employees. In a 2015
PwC global survey of female millennials born between 1980 and 1995,
half of those working in financial services said they believed that
men received more favorable treatment when it came to promotions.
More than 70% said that as much as their organizations talk about
diversity, in reality, opportunities remain unequal.
Papers: The 16th Jan Tinbergen European Peace
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
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 HalvardBuhaug,
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,
An Economy For
The 1%: How privilege and power in the economy drive extreme
inequality and how this can be stopped
Oxfam Briefing Paper, January 18, 2016 The global inequality crisis is reaching
new extremes. The richest 1% now have more
wealth than the rest of the world combined. Power and privilege is
being used to skew the economic system to increase the gap between
the richest and the rest. A global network of tax havens further
enables the richest individuals to hide $7.6 trillion. The fight
against poverty will not be won until the inequality crisis is
Happiness is a loaded word. Many scientists feel that happiness is
too squishy. Ajit Zacharias of the Levy
Institute, who helped develop the Measure of Economic Well-being,
sent some thoughts on happiness, starting with this from Charlotte
Bronte: “No mockery in this world ever sounds to me as hollow as
that of being told to cultivate happiness. What does such advice
mean? Happiness is not a potato, to be planted and tilled with
First of all, happiness is subjective. How can we
measure it? Some rely on self-reported surveys. Others work with
proxies that have been shown to correlate to happiness, wellbeing,
or life satisfaction. We can improve methods of collecting
self-reports on happiness, and we can study which proxies seem best
to reflect happiness; and still, what makes me happy might make you
miserable. It is very hard to make policy recommendations under
such apparently arbitrary conditions.
Table of Contents
Becomes a Fundamental Human Right and Goal Jayme Illien
from the Director Thea Harvey-Barratt
Surprising Optimism of Black Americans Carol Graham
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
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of Nuclear Power Fire Safety Regulations
Fire poses one of the greatest risks to nuclear power safety. The
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) estimates that the risk of
reactor meltdown due to fire is about 50 percent—roughly equal to
all other risk factors combined.
The NRC adopted its fire protection regulations in 1980 after a
dangerous fire at Alabama's Browns Ferry plant, and updated them in
2004. Yet the agency has repeatedly failed to enforce these
regulations, opting to grant extensions rather than issue violation
Today, 46 nuclear reactors (almost half of the US. nuclear fleet)
continue to operate despite being in violation of the fire safety
regulations—including Browns Ferry.
Several fires have been reported at nuclear plants during the last
several years. In 2010, an overheated electrical component
started a fire in the control room at Virginia's Surry Nuclear
Power Station. And in 2012, a fire at Nebraska's Fort Calhoun
Station disabled more than half of the power supplies for emergency
equipment. Proper enforcement of fire safety regulation would have
greatly reduced the odds of these events occurring.
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April 12 - 13, 2016The 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
·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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