"If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and
indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave
in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another."
Crisis in the States and Cities: What Should Be Done?
An EPS Bernard Schwartz Symposium
States and cities face tax increases and sharp cuts in
vital public services, with likely harsh effects on economic activity
and competitiveness going forward.
This public symposium on April 12, organized by EPS
discussed the budget crises faced by state and local governments
including cuts to social services and increasing taxes. Will budget
cuts help, as some claim or hurt, as others believe the economies of
affected jurisdictions and the country?
The panelists presented action plans for a federal role,
including revenue sharing, and the possible federalization of Medicaid.
Crisis in the States and Cities: What Should Be Done? was hosted by
Economists for Peace and Security; Bernard Schwartz; and the New
For more information about
the event, see
Video of our latest Bernard Schwartz
Symposium - Crisis in the States and Cities: What Should Be Done? is available on the EPS
website. This public symposium was held Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at the
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington DC.
For more information
and to view the symposium, go to
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The United Nations Disarmament Yearbook Volume 35, Part
This volume compiles the resolutions and decisions of the
previous General Assembly, their voting patterns in the General
Assembly and the First Committee, lead sponsors, sponsors and
co-sponsors, references to First Committee report and dates of
Contains a quick view of votes by cluster for an easy
handle on resolution numbers, titles and votes in the Assembly and in
the First Committee.
For more information or to
view the yearbook, see
Does paying taxes make you happy?
National Priorities Project Tax Day 2011
National Priorities Project offers you several ways to learn
about how the federal government spent each 2010 federal income tax
dollar. Find out what other revenue sources were used to pay our
nation’s bills in 2010.
To read the full report, see
Afghanistan: Negotiating Peace
New Report by The Century
For nearly ten years, the US and the international
community have been engaged in the struggle to secure a stable peace in
Afghanistan. The international task force organized by The Century
Foundation, under the leadership of Ambassadors Lakhdar
Brahimi and Thomas Pickering, just released
Afghanistan: Negotiating Peace. Their findings and
recommendations seek to determine what kind of political path might
lead to ending the war.
The Century Foundation
Report can be found at
In Other News
United States Peace Index
The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) released
the inaugural United States Peace Index
April 6, 2011.
The United States Peace Index (USPI) is the first-ever
national ranking of US states by their levels of peacefulness.
The Index provides an analysis of the economic costs related to a
lack of peace in the United States, and finds that a reduction in violence
and crime would result in hundreds of billions of dollars, comprised of
savings for government at the federal and state level and additional
economic activity. The Index also looks at how economic, health,
education and demographic indicators across the country impact peace
and the US economy.
To see the rankings, visit
The missing piece of Obama's energy security plan:
The Deficit Gang of Six is bipartisan but one-sided
By David Roberts, April 5, 2011 for Grist
"I had plenty of complaints about Obama's big
energy security speech last week -- see here and here. Most of them centered on his
crassly political decision to put supply-side solutions first, despite
the fact that supply is a red herring; all the serious solutions are
"There's one complaint I didn't say much about,
which I wanted to amplify: In the speech and in the accompanying materials,
short shrift is given to land-use change, urban density, and
Read the full article at
Call for Papers. ICAPE is now accepting submissions for a proposal for a paper,
session of papers, or roundtable for ICAPE's 3rd international research
conference, "Rethinking economics in a time of economic
distress." Founded in 1993, the International Confederation of
Associations for Pluralism in Economics (ICAPE) is an association of
associations committed to promoting healthy diversity in approaches to
producing economic knowledge.
For the upcoming conference, to be held at University of
Massachusetts - Amherst on Nov. 11 - 13, 2011, we invite proposals for
papers or sessions from any strand of interested scholarship, examining
topics of cross-cutting interest for creating a more robust,
socially-valuable body of economic knowledge.
The deadline for submitting proposals is April 30, 2011.
To submit proposals, please
Call for Papers.
8th International Conference Developments in Economic
Theory and Policy, Bilbao (Spain), June 29 - July 1, 2011
The Department of Applied Economics V of the University
of the Basque Country and the Cambridge Centre for Economic and Public
Policy, Department of Land Economy, of the University of Cambridge are
organizing the 8th International Conference Developments in Economic
Theory and Policy. The Conference will be held in Bilbao (Spain), from
June 29 - July 1, 2011.
The deadline to submit papers and proposals of
‘Organized Sessions’ is May 25, 2011.
For full details, see
Call for Papers. The 11th Jan Tinbergen European Peace Science
Conference, annual meeting of Network
of European Peace Scientists, will take place on June 27 — 29 at the University
of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The Jan Tinbergen Conference is interdisciplinary. There
will be continuing emphasis on research methods in peace science, but
also papers dealing with all aspects of the peace science field, from
pure abstract theory to practical applied research will be accepted. As
a guide to topics, please consider: (a) cooperation, deterrence,
alliances and games, (b) game and related theory, (c) contest theory,
(d) general equilibrium models of conflict and conflict management; (e)
economic policies to cope with actual and potential conflicts; (f)
mathematical approaches to conflict management, (g) mathematical models
of arms races and wars, (h) empirical studies on the causes of wars and
political violence; (i) the impact of conflicts and violence on
welfare; (j) public policy aspects of both war-torn and post-conflict
societies; (k) arms control, government spending and international
security; (l) trade disputes, trade wars and international economic
sanctions; (m) critical economic aspects of the global crises.
More information is
Connect US Fund is now hiring a Fissile Materials
Working Group Coordinator.
The Fissile Materials Working Group Coordinator (FMWG
Coordinator) is a full-time, six-month position responsible for managing
the process and substance relating to the successful implementation of
the FMWG’s strategic plan. After two successful years, the FMWG is in a
position to think strategically about its role in the FM policymaking
community and the FMWG Coordinator will be expected to take the lead in
working with the Steering Committee on that process. The FMWG
Coordinator will facilitate communication among members of the FMWG and
the Steering Committee, and with identified stakeholders in the FM
community, as well as build bridges with the US Government,
international partners, and the nuclear industry.
the full listing, visit
The Training and Mobility
Network for the Economic Analysis of Conflict (TAMNEAC) is currently recruiting
Early Stage Researchers (ESR) and Experienced Researchers (ER) in
The overall objective of the Training and Mobility
Network for the Economic Analysis of Conflict (TAMNEAC) is to train a
young generation of professionals and researchers in tackling the
challenges associated with mass violent conflict in developing
countries. This training will range from rigorous research methods to
knowledge-based policy responses and program implementation in
TAMNEAC analyses the drivers, forms and socio-economic
consequences of various types of mass violent conflict, including war,
from an economic perspective, as well as the risk management strategies
of individuals and households to cope with conflict.
Read the full listing here
Project on Government Oversight is searching for their
first Beth Daley Impact Fund Fellow.
The first Daley Fellow will work specifically in
Communications. This Fellow will join POGO's public education team and
assist with their blog, social networking, traditional media, and other
communications to their supporters. A prospective Fellow will have a
working knowledge or expertise in one or more of these areas: blogging,
video editing, podcasting, videography, photography, and web design. It
is important that the Fellow understand the strategic use of social
media; he or she will assist in maintaining and improving their
presence on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other social networking
The Fellow must be able to grasp complicated policy issues
and to deftly translate those issues into clear and compelling content
aimed at a general audience. Previous journalism or public relations
coursework or experience is preferred.
A full description of the
position is available here
The Annual Budget Issue, EPS Quarterly, March 2011. In this annual budget issue
we take on conservative and tea partier's loud
cries for cuts in federal spending, we bring you two pieces, from a
self-described conservative and two libertarians, joining their voices
in asking for defense cuts along with any other belt tightening measures.
Also to assist in sorting out the defense budget and its relative
merits, we are happy to include brief excerpts from the new
handbook-guide to the Defense Department, The Pentagon Labyrinth: 10
Short Essays to Help You Through It from the Strauss Military Reform
Project. This issue also contains several pieces which examine the
Obama administration’s policies and processes. On the back cover of
this issue is our Statement on Federal Spending and the Recovery,
released February 28.
To read this issue of EPS
Economics of Peace and Security
Journal Vol. 6, No 1 - On
collective punishment, California water, and the Austrian School is now available online. Articles by
Keisuke Nakao and Sun-Ki Chai on criminal
conflict and collective punishment; David Zetland
on intra-organizational conflict: origin, persistence, cost, and
closure (parts I and II); and Christopher Westley,
William L. Anderson, and Scott A. Kjar on War
and the Austrian School: Mises and Hayek
(part II of a series on war and the Austrian School).
The Journal is a peer-reviewed online publication hosted
by EPS-UK. Published twice yearly, it raises and debates all issues
related to the political economy of personal, communal, national,
international, and global peace and security. Previous contributors
include Joseph Stiglitz, James Galbraith, and
Lawrence Klein. The Journal’s website also features book reviews
submitted by members and subscribers.
EPS members receive a 25% discount on the annual subscription to the
Economics of Peace and Security Journal. A regular one-year
subscription is $40; for EPS members, it's only $30! Non-subscribers
can access the abstracts and contents pages.
information about the Journal or to subscribe:
a member of EPS (and to qualify for the subscription
The "War in Afghanistan:
Problems and Prospects in the Wake of Karzai’s Visit" Symposium
Issue, EPS Quarterly, October 2010. This issue contains
summaries of the proceedings from the Bernard Schwartz symposium held
at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center,
Washington DC on May 17, 2010. The Symposium was organized by
Economists for Peace and Security and co-sponsored by The New America
Foundation, and The International Trade Center, Washington DC.
To read this issue of EPS
video of the symposium, see
Friends Committee on
National Legislation: Genocide Prevention Month
April is Genocide Prevention month, marking a series of commemorative
anniversaries for the Holocaust and the Armenian, Bosnian and Cambodian
genocides. Seventeen years ago, the rapid slaughter of
innocent civilians started in Rwanda. After each of these
horrific events, the US and the international community vowed “never
again.” Yet today, the US is still not well-equipped to
carry out its commitment to help prevent genocide. Over the past
decades the international community, including the US, has largely
stood by and watched as mass atrocities were perpetrated in Srebrenica
and Darfur. Years of underinvestment in civilian tools like diplomacy,
development, and international cooperation have crippled the US’
ability to help prevent atrocities across the world. Leadership
and pressure from Congress is needed now to ensure that the policy gaps
and capacities in the US government are filled and maintained beyond
any one administration.
contact your senators and representative on the issue of Genocide
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26 - 29, 2011. The 9th Biennial
Pacific Rim Conference will be held
in Brisbane, Australia, hosted by Queensland University
of Technology's School of Economics and Finance. Program
highlights include keynote addresses by Edward J. Kane, Boston
College, and WEAI President Paul A. David, Stanford
more information, go to http://www.weainternational.org/.
13 - 15, 2011. The Newark Peace Education
The Newark Peace Education Summit is a
three day conference focusing on peacemaking practices from around
the world. It features panels and workshops with His Holiness the
XIV Dalai Lama, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Somaly
Mam, Nobel Laureates and peace advocates from a wide cross section
of cultures, disciplines and perspectives. The summit will explore
the programs, policies, and methods used by communities to
establish peace, why and how they work, and how to replicate them
in America and around the world. The event will be held at the
NJPAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center) in Newark, New Jersey,
May 13-15, 2011. Do not miss this precious opportunity to
more information, see http://www.newarkpeace.org/.
- May 30 - June 1,
Academic Conference on Behavioral Decision-making, hosted
by The Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy and
the New School of Psychology at IDC
(Interdisciplinary Center), Herzliya,
more information, visit
10 - 11, 2011. The 4th International
Summit on Conflict Resolution Education
will be held in Cleveland, Ohio. The 4th International
Conference on CRE is an opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary
collaboration and research on issues related to the development of
infrastructure in CRE. Presentations will focus on innovations in
the fields that are making broad impacts in local, state,
national, and international communities.
are available at http://www.creducation.org/cre/global_cre/about_global_networ/4th_intl_cre_summit_2011/.
16 - 17, 2011. Fifteenth Annual
Conference on Economics and Security
will be held in Bristol, UK, hosted by Economists for
Peace and Security (UK), University of West
England (Bristol), and University of Bristol.
information is available at http://carecon.org.uk/Conferences/Conf2011.
27 - 29, 2011. 11th Annual Jan
Tinbergen Peace Science Conference, organized
by the Network of European Peace Scientists, will be held at
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
more details, visit http://www.europeanpeacescientists.org/jtinbergen.html.
29 - July 1, 2011. 8th International
Conference Developments in Economic Theory and Policy.
The Department of Applied Economics V of the University of the
Basque Country and the Cambridge Centre for Economic and Public
Policy, Department of Land Economy, of the University of
Cambridge, are organizing the 8th International Conference
Developments in Economic Theory and Policy. The Conference will be
held in Bilbao (Spain).
more information, see http://www.conferencedevelopments.com/.
29 - July 3, 2011. The 86th Annual
Conference of The Western Economics Association International
will be held in San Diego, California.
are available at http://www.weainternational.org/.
6 - 7, 2011. Conflict Research
Society Annual Conference will be held at the
Richardson Institute for Conflict and Peace Research, Lancaster
University, UK. The theme for this year's conference is Has War Gone Bust?
Peace, Conflict and the Global Financial Crisis.
more information, go to http://www.crs2011.org/index.php.
11 - 13, 2011. ICAPE's 3rd
international research conference, Re-thinking economics in a time
of economic distress will be held at the
University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, MA.
The 2007-08 financial crisis and subsequent economic downturn have
raised many questions about how well prevailing economic
approaches identify and explain pressing economic problems and
suggest sound ways to solve them. Exploring what needs to change
in economics and identifying productive paths forward are the
central themes of The International Confederation of Associations
for Pluralism in Economics 3rd international research conference.
more information, see
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