Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a
means by which we arrive at that goal.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
A Macroeconomic Primer for Violence-Afflicted
By EPS fellows Jurgen Brauer and J. Paul Dunne, for the United States
Institute of Peace
Creating sound economic policy and a stable
macroeconomic framework is essential to societies recovering from
violent conflict, yet few practitioners have the background needed to
apply economic concepts effectively. To provide practitioners with a
concise but broad overview of macroeconomic fundamentals as they touch
on violence afflicted states, Brauer and
Dunne have coauthored Peace
Economics. Filling a gap in the literature on peace design
from an economic perspective, Peace
Economics extends beyond economic principles into the wider
realm of social reconstitution, social contract, and social capital in
the hopes of helping practitioners build a more stable peace.
Economics is the first volume of the US Institute of Peace
Academy Guides, a series developed by the Institute’s Academy for
International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding.
For more information about Peace Economics, see
What is the Cost of
Containing Violence in the United States?
Americans are inundated daily with news of violence both at home and abroad.
While violence has an enormous impact on the social fabric of the US,
the full economic toll is not well understood. The Institute for
Economics and Peace (IEP) and Economists for Peace & Security (EPS)
invite you to attend a presentation by Daniel Hyslop,
IEP’s Research Manager, on the upcoming IEP report on Violence
Containment Spending in the United States. The findings present the
first comprehensive account of the public and private expenditure on
containing and dealing with the consequences of violence.
When: September 20, 2012
Light lunch will be served
Where: Institute for Economics and Peace
3 East 54th Street (between Madison and 5th Avenues)
New York, NY 10022
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must RSVP by September 18th to email@example.com
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In Other News
"Memo to the Punditocracy: Public Sector Jobs Are Real
Full employment should be front and center on our
national agenda. So why are even liberals attacking public jobs and
By Marshall Auerback, September 12, 2012, for
"In 1976 at a time when economists thought more
about unemployment, the US economist Charles C. Killingsworth
wrote a paper entitled 'Should
full employment be a major national goal?' He was a
long-time advocate of public employment programs and understood how
deficient the economics profession was when it came to caring about
"I thought about this paper recently upon reading
an article in the Daily Beast by the always insightful Michael Tomasky, 'The Real Obama Needs to Fight Five GOP Myths
About the Imaginary Obama.' Tomasky discusses the myths that Obama needs to
dispel during his party’s upcoming convention. One in particular
caught my attention: the idea that the President needed to
confront the myth that he allegedly believes that jobs comes from
"What’s wrong about that? In one sense, it is a
myth: to the extent that jobs are an outgrowth of sales, which are a
function of aggregate demand, it is wrong to say that the public sector
per se creates jobs. But demand (and, by extension, sales) is
more robust when employment rates are higher and, in that sense, it
matters not to the restaurant owner, or the engineering firm, whether the
source of that demand comes from a private or public sector
job. The teacher’s cash is just as good at the cash register as
Read the full article here:
Implementation of the National Action Plan on Women,
Peace, and Security
United States Department of State, August 2012
The report released by the State Department details the
role of women in preventing conflict and building peace throughout the
world in areas plagued by violence, insecurity and war. Executive Order
13595, "Instituting a National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and
Security," describes the role of the United States Government in
working for women and peacebuilding through
three avenues: advancing the role of women in peacebuilding
activities, protecting women from violence based on their gender, and
ensuring equal access to resources in conflict areas. The
document offers guidance for the State Department, US embassies and
consulates in advancing the order's directives through multiple
methods, including bilateral and multilateral relationships across sectors,
targeted leveraging of resources and comprehensive information from
Read the report at
Surviving the Peace
A short film by Rick Gershon,
and Nathan Golon for MAG America
Surviving the Peace takes an
intimate look at the impact of unexploded bombs left over from the
Vietnam war in Laos and profiles the dangerous yet life-saving work
that the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) has undertaken in the
Surviving the Peace is a
story of devastation and hope. The film follows a family devastated by
unexploded ordnance (UXO), and then shows MAG's fight to rid Laos and
so many countries of landmines and UXO. For a family whose land was
cleared, there is hope for prosperity as that family now can farm their
land and pursue a better future. This film was shot on location in Laos
in May 2011. MAG America employee Patricia Loria
accompanied filmmakers Rick Gershon and
Nathan Golon from MediaStorm
for the filming in this beautiful country.
To watch Surviving the Peace, go to
Kroc Institute Notre Dame University, Indiana, US
The Kroc Institute’s Visiting Research Fellows Program seeks
to bring outstanding scholars focused on peace research to the
University of Notre Dame during each academic year. Fellows conduct
research related to an existing Institute emphasis while participating
fully in the life of the Institute.
For the 2013-14 academic year, the Institute seeks
applications for research from scholars focusing on the following
Peace Processes: peace processes, peacebuilding
in the context of armed conflict, and post-conflict transformation.
Preference will be given to scholars able to make use of the Peace Accords Matrix and similar
academic tools in order to gain insights into conflict mediation.
Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding: the nexus between religion, conflict and peacebuilding. Preference will be given to
candidates working on theoretical and conceptual questions in this
growing field of inquiry, and to candidates who are researching issues
relevant to the Contending
Modernities research project.
For full details on these
Associate Program Officer
The Stanley Foundation, Muscatine, Iowa, US
The Stanley Foundation seeks an associate program officer
for its Policy and Outreach Department. The chosen candidate will
conceptualize, design, and implement programming that focuses on
strengthening multilateral approaches to peace and security, building
support for multilateralism, and promoting cooperation among
established and emerging powers in a variety of global governance
venues. Foundation programming in this area relies heavily on expert
dialogues (dialogues include US and foreign officials, influential
scholars, journalists, and NGO leaders). It also includes analysis and
a wide variety of communication and advocacy activities to develop and
build support for specific policy initiatives.
More information on the
position can be found at
The Economics of Peace and
Security Journal Vol. 7, No. 2 — On Afghanistan, Rwanda, Punjab
Does development assistance reduce violence?
Evidence from Afghanistan
Intimate partner violence, female employment, and
male backlash in Rwanda
Designing institutions for global security
Insurgency, crime, and agricultural labor
expenditure: Evidence from Punjab, 1978-1990
Analyzing the costs of military engagement
DE GROOT, Olaf J.
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
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EPS Quarterly, June 2012 — The
This issue contains summaries of the proceedings from
session at the January 2012 ASSA/AEA annual meeting in Chicago,
Table of contents
Barkley Rosser, Jr.
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International Day of Peace
The International Day of Peace, a.k.a. "Peace
Day," provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and
nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared
It was established by a United
Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of
the General Assembly. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September
In 2002 the General Assembly officially declared
September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace.
By creating the International Day of Peace, the UN
devoted itself to worldwide peace and encouraged all of mankind to work
in cooperation for this goal.
more about how you can participate in "Peace Day" by visiting
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- September 18 — 20, 2012 Peace and
Conflict: An International Interdisciplinary Conference hosted by the Conflict Research Society and
The Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies at Coventry
University. The conference embraces theory, evidence and practice,
amd invites presentation and discussion.
It seeks to bring together developments in the "real"
world and developments in academic understanding, topical issues
and enduring issues. Moreover, it recognizes the existence of
disagreement: concepts, theories and approaches can be contested.
The 2012 conference carries forward the work of the annual
conferences that have been running since 2003. Tuesday and
Wednesday constitute the core of the conference and follow the
pattern of previous years. Newly added this year
is Thursday, for those who have a special interest in
the scientific study of peace and conflict.
about the conference are at
- October 19 — 20, 2012 Conflict Studies
Conference: The New Generation of Ideas, Ninth Biennial Graduate
Student Conference organized by the UMass Boston Graduate
Programs in Conflict Resolution, Conflict Studies.
The New Generation of Ideas brings together graduate students from
a variety of fields to present their work and share ideas. Since
1996, graduate students and recent graduates from universities across
the United States, Canada, and numerous other countries have
gathered in Boston for this biennial event.
details on the event are available here:
- October 26 — 27, 2012 Twenty-Third BREAD
Conference on Development Economics, sponsored by
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, (Department of Business
Economics and Public Policy, Ross School of Business; Department
of Economics; Ford School of Public Policy; International Policy
Center, Ford School; Population Studies Center, Institute for
Social Research; and William Davidson Institute) Bureau for
Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) and Hewlett
Foundation at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
the full program here:
- December 3 — 4, 2012 The 8th Annual
Households in Conflict Network Workshop and 2nd AMSE Economic
Development Conference, jointly organized by the
Aix-Marseille School of Economics and the Households in Conflict
Network, will take place in Aix-en-Provence France.
This year’s workshop will focus on the relationship between
violent conflict and socio-economic development. Submissions that
address key issues in conflict and economic development analysis
are invited, as well as submissions from other disciplines on the
usual HiCN topics around the empirical
analysis of violent conflict from a micro-level perspective.
Theoretical papers about violent conflict issues are also welcome.
Submissions should be in English, and be completed but unpublished
papers. Submissions by early stage researchers are encouraged.
information and calls for papers can be found at either of these
- December 18 — 19, 2012 Fourth Conference on Conflict Management Peace
Economics and Peace Science hosted in
cooperation with Mahatma Gandhi Center for Conflict Prevention and
Management - Department of Sociology, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith,
Varanasi (UP), India Binghamton University, State University of
New York at Binghamton at Mahatma Gandhi Kashi
Vidyapith, Varanasi (UP), India.
more information about the conference, contact
Ravi Prakash Pandey,
Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith,
Varanasi (UP), India -
- January 4 — 6, 2013 The ASSA/AEA
Annual Meetings will be held in San Diego, CA.
EPS will host two sessions during the Annual Meetings, as
well as hosting a dinner in Honor of EPS Vice-Chair Michael Intriligator.
Over? The Economics of National Security after Iraq and
Moderator: Michael Lind (New America Foundation)
Linda Bilmes (Harvard
Richard Kaufman (Bethesda Research Institute)
Lloyd J. Dumas (University of Texas at Dallas)
J. Paul Dunne (University of Cape Town)
Here? Challenges and Barriers to Recovery from the Crisis
Moderator: James K. Galbraith (University of Texas at
Kenneth Arrow (Stanford University)
Robert Gordon (Northwestern University)
Eric Laursen (Independent
Yanis Varoufakis (University of
information about our involvement at past ASSA/AEA Annual Meetings at
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