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Disarm! For a Climate of Peace Creating an Action Agenda IPB World Congress 2016 on Military and Social Spending

September 30 – October 3, 2016 Technische Universitä t Berlin, Germäny

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.

Find out more here.

EPS at The 2017 ASSA/AEA Annual Meetings

January 6 - 8, 2017
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

EPS will be organizing two sessions and hosting our annual dinner at the 2017 ASSA/AEA Annual Meetings in Chicago.

Peace Sciences from Theory to Practice(Panel Discussion)
Saturday, Jan. 7,  2:30 PM– 4:30 PM
Hyatt Regency Chicago, Ogden

Chair: Jurgen Brauer
- Charles Anderton
- Raul Caruso
- John Paul Dunne
- Raymond Gilpi
- Shikha Silwa

The Future of Growth
(Panel Discussion)
Sunday, Jan. 8,  8:00 AM  – 10:00 AM
Hyatt Regency Chicago, Regency D

Chair: James K. Galbraith
- Jonathan Ostry
- Robert Gordon
- Anwar Shaikh
- Gerald Friedman

Dinner in Honor of Sheila Bair
Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017   
6:30 PM– 10:00 PM
Hyatt Regency Chicago

Economists for Peace and Security works to promote non-military solutions to world challenges, and more broadly to work towards freedom from fear and want for all.

Changes at EPS

James K. Galbraith

Townshend, Vermont
August 22, 2016

Dear Friends of EPS,

After more than 20 years in the chair of EPS, I have decided that this is the right moment for me to retire.

I had the great privilege of succeeding Ken Arrow and Larry Klein, founding co-chairs of the organization that became Economists for Peace and Security, alongside Jim Tobin, Bob Solow, Amartya Sen, Joe Stiglitz, Barbara Bergmann, and so many others who have lent their names and their help.

I've had the honor of working closely with my friends Richard Kaufman and Mike Intriligator, with the entire EPS board including our secretary Lucy Webster and our Treasurer, Kathleen Stephansen, and with dedicated directors, most especially our stalwart and talented Thea Harvey-Barratt. I've had the generous backing of Bernard Schwartz, and the steady assistance of the Levy Institute. For all of this, I am honored and grateful.

During my time as Chair, EPS has grown in members, stature and reputation, with a settled and effective rhythm of professional activity, including our sessions and dinner at the annual ASSA conference, our Washington symposium, our newsletter and journal. We have become a professional non-profit organization and we have been financially stable. When we did run into financial difficulties, loyal friends stepped up to help. It's been a deep and wonderful experience.

Richard Kaufman, our Vice Chair, has agreed to serve as Interim Chair effective immediately through the end of the year. He will guide the work of EPS during the next six months, in conjunction of course with Thea and the Board. I will remain on the Board until the next Board/Fellows meeting in January 2017, at which time I will step down. Richard also plans to step down at that time.

Today EPS thus faces three new challenges: to find a new leader, to expand our financial base, and if possible to find an enduring institutional partner or protective alliance. We do have several promising possibilities in view, in each of these areas. I have reported on these to the Board. To bring them to fruition, I have designated a transitional committee, consisting of myself as chair, along with David Colt and Kathleen Stephansen. We will pursue this work and present the Board with recommendations by the end of the year.

I hope and trust that the Board, Trustees, Fellows and Members of EPS will come together now to ensure that EPS continues its work and has the bright future that it deserves.

With many thanks,

James K. Galbraith