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being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we
are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also
securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have
and all that they are.
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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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Managing The Politics of Water By SundeepWaslekar for Project Syndicate,
March 17, 2016
This year’s World Water Day, on March 22, provides an opportunity
to highlight what in many countries has become a grim reality: The
availability of fresh water is increasingly a defining strategic
factor in regional and global affairs. Unless water resources are
managed with extraordinary care, the consequences could be
Last year, the United Nations World Water Development
Report once again highlighted how the growing gap between supply
and demand could create conflict. The World Economic Forum has
ranked water crises as the most worrying global threat, more
dangerous than terrorist attacks or financial meltdowns, and more
likely to occur than the use of weapons of mass destruction. And
research by the Strategic Foresight Group has shown the importance
of wise management: Countries engaged in the joint stewardship of
water resources are exceedingly unlikely to go to war.
The Middle East serves as a tragic example of what can
happen when regional cooperation is lacking. Iraq, Syria, and
Turkey have fought over every cubic meter of the Tigris and
Euphrates rivers. All have lost as a result. Non-state actors
control important parts of the two river basins. And water
shortages have aggravated the region’s refugee crisis (itself the
apotheosis of poor governance).
Amendment "Very Unsound Policy," Leading Economists Warn
on Budget and Policy Priorities, March 16, 2016
A balanced budget amendment to the Constitution would be
“very unsound policy” that wouldadversely
affect the economy, a group of leading economists including four
Nobel laureates explain in a letter today to President Obama and
Congress, which the Economic Policy Institute and the Center on
Budget and Policy Priorities spearheaded. Several
constitutional amendments requiring a balanced budget have been
introduced in Congress, and the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding
a hearing today on the issue.
“A balanced budget amendment would mandate perverse
actions in the face of recessions,” the letter notes:
In economic downturns, tax revenues fall and some outlays, such as
unemployment benefits, rise. These built-in stabilizers
increase the deficit but limit declines in after-tax income and
purchasing power. To keep the budget balanced every year would
A balanced budget amendment also would prevent federal borrowing to
education, research and development, environmental protection, and
other vital investments. Adding arbitrary caps on federal
spending — which some balanced budget proposals include — would make
the amendment even more problematic, the letter says.
Preventing Violent Extremism - Thought for Action Kit
Published: May 25, 2015 for United Institute of Peace
The Women Preventing Violent Extremism Thought for
Action Kit is intended to engage discussions on key issues related
to the role of women and preventing violent extremism (PVE). This
document is for policy makers, practitioners and academics who are
interested in understanding “why gender matters” in preventing
violent extremism. We think of it as a thought kit more than a tool
kit, that is— a collection of experts’ essays and practical
exercises designed to help guide local activists and practitioners
to engage in reflection and dialogue on violent extremism. In
addition, we hope to bring greater awareness to the diverse set of
experiences that women and women’s organizations are dealing with
violent extremist ideologies.
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.
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Surprising Optimism of Black Americans Carol
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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This year, Congress could
take positive steps on mass incarceration. New legislation, the
Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, has broad bipartisan support
in Congress. But in an election year this legislation will not be
approved unless members of Congress hear from their constituents.
Senator Grassley (IA) and eleven bi-partisan
co-sponsors introduced the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of
2015, S 2123, on October 1. This bill is the product of
negotiations among Senate Judiciary Committee members and with
other keenly interested senators. The bill takes an important
major step toward restoring judging authority to judges, reducing
mandatory minimum sentences and lowering the population of federal
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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 College
·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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