1st Walter Isard Annual Award for the Best Article in Peace Economics Peace Science and Public Policy

I am delighted to announce the 1st Walter Isard Annual Award for the best article in Peace Economics Peace Science and Public Policy. The award is named after Walter Isard, founder of PEPS, who was widely recognized as the father of both Regional Science and Peace Science. Walter has founded PEPS in 1993 with the aim to create a novel outlet for peace scientists. In particular, PEPS was designed to attract contributions from an interdisciplinary community of scholars from a wide variety of disciplines such as economics and political science, as well as regional science, geography and mathematics. Moreover, PEPS was intended to combine both positive and normative studies alongside policy-oriented papers. Nowadays, PEPS follows the path of Walter Isard but it also enriches it by considering new directions in peace science. Then, the 1st Walter Isard Annual Award goes to “Foreign Investment and State Conflicts in Africa” authored by Roudabeh Kishi, Giuseppe Maggio, Clionadh Raleigh and published in the issue 3 of the 2017 volume. The article focuses on a rather novel aspect of current globalization, namely the impact of FDI on political landscape and above all on violence perpetrated by the state. In particular the analysis focuses on a panel of 45 African countries for the period 1998 to 2014. The authors show that in states with a low regard for civil liberties, or with unhealthy economies, access to investment is to be associated with a higher number of violent actions perpetrated by the state. Such result appears to be robust in different econometric estimations. Therefore, what the authors claim is that access to investment can push illiberal regimes into using violent strategies to secure their internal power. In brief, FDI can trigger more violence in illiberal regimes. This highlights the need for extensive monitoring of state behavior following the receipt of investment, similar to the oversight of conditional aid. Needless to say, this article is a significant contribution to the understanding of current patterns of conflict and violence. Yet, it throws new light on the relationship between economic activity and emergence of violence in African countries. 


Raul Caruso

References Kishi, R., Maggio, G., & Raleigh, C. (2017). Foreign investment and state conflicts in Africa. Peace Economics Peace Science and Public Policy, 23(3). DOI: 10.1515/peps-2017-0007, available for free on PEPS website. 

Contests: Theory and Evidence

25 - 26 June 2018

The Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science at the University of East Anglia, UK, is pleased to announce its fourth annual conference “Contests: Theory and Evidence” to be held Monday 25 June and Tuesday 26 June 2018, in the University of East Anglia campus in Norwich.

In the previous three years this conference has brought together leading researchers from over 50 different institutions around the globe.

Keynote speaker and other confirmed participants:
The Keynote speaker for this event is Prof Kyung Hwan Baik (Sungkyunkwan University). Other confirmed speakers include Prof Kai Konrad (MPI Munich) and Prof Dan Kovenock (Chapman University).

Submission procedure: 
Please submit a full paper or an extended abstract (200 words) along with title and author details to Mr. Thomas Cushan at by 15 April 2018.

Key dates:
Submission deadline: 15 April 2018.
Acceptance decision: 30 April 2018.
Registration deadline: 15 May 2018.
Conference: 25-26 June 2018.

Registration fee: GBP 50. This fee will partially cover the conference materials, lunches, refreshments, and two dinners.  Please contact with enquiries on this.

In the case of any other questions, please contact the organisers Subhasish M. Chowdhury ( or Theodore Turocy (

3rd Summer School
War, Reconstruction and Establishment of peace
from the roots of war to the establishment of a lasting Peace
August 30th- September 6th, 2018
(one week course, 40 hours)
(deadline for applications, July 31, 2018)
The European Center of Peace Science, Integration and Cooperation (CESPIC) of the Catholic University “Our Lady Of Good Counsel” organizes the 3rd Summer School “War, reconstruction and establishment of peace from the roots of war to the establishment of a lasting Peace”. The Summer school aims to provide a group of international graduate students with scientific pillars about roots of war, peace and issues in peacebuilding. In line with Peace Science tradition, the program is interdisciplinary involving disciplines such as economics, political science, international relations and history. The Summer school is designed for graduate students with a strong interest in the scientific study of Peace that are either willing to proceed to advanced graduate studies or to become future practitioners in the field of international relations and peacebuilding. In order to favor also a fruitful and open dialogue with the faculty a small group of students will be selected. The faculty (please see the list below) is composed of world-class scholars in the field. Classes will be held between august 30th and  September 6th at the Catholic University Our Lady of Good Counsel in Tirana. The Summer School lasts one week and 40 hours. 
The Summer School is organized by CESPIC (

Raul Caruso, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart and CESPIC - Director, "Foundations of Peace Economics"
Arzu Kibris, University of Warwick, "Expsosure to violence and long-term cost of conflict"
Han Dorussen, University of Essex, "Institution and Peace Building"
Scott Gates, PRIO, "Inter-ethnic and inter-religous conflicts" 
Christos Kollias, Thessaly University, "Military expenditures and Economic development"
Subhasish Chowdury, University of Bath, "Indentity and Behavioral Aspects in Group conflict" 
Vincenzo Bove, University of Warwick, "Peacekeeping and security-related aspects of migrations"
Tobias Böhmelt, University of Essex, "International Mediation"
Murray Ackman, Institute of Economics and Peace, "Measuring Peace" 
Michele di Maio, University of Naples Parthenope,  "Impact of conflict on education"
Roberto Ricciuti, University of Verona, "State Capacity and Conflict"   
Application: please contact:  and send a detailed curriculum vitae and other relevant information about you. References are not required but they are welcome. Submit your application by July 31, 2018. Since a first-come first-served criterion will be also considered for selection please apply early, as space in the program is limited.
Fee: 500 euros. The fee includes lunch. A small number of grants can be provided. 
Accommodation: accommodation solutions can be provided within or near the campus which is located in downtown Tirana.
March, 2018
8th ABBS International Conference
Sustainable and Human Development Through Spirituality, Peace Economics and Peace Science
June 6-7, 2018
To be held at
Acharya Bangalore Business School, Bangalore, India
(Andrahalli Main Road, Off Magadi Road,Bengaluru - 560 091, Karnataka, India email
Organized in cooperation with
SPES Institute Europe
Mahatma Gandhi Center for Conflict Prevention and Management, Acharya Bangalore Business School, School of Management, Binghamton University – State University of New York, and
other private and public institutions
Persons interested to attend this conference are requested to contact:
Bhageerathi Bhat, 
Phone : +91 080 23245516/17/18
Email :
Dr. Madhumita Chatterji, Director at Strategy & Academic Advancement Acharya Bangalore Business School, Bangalore, India
Dr. R. Jayanthi, Professor, Acharya Bangalore Business School, Bangalore
  1. Sustainability and The Meaning of Life
  2. Quality of Life
  3. Integral Ecology.
  4. Developing Ecological Awareness and Responsible Business.
  5. Participation Society.
  6. Moral and Virtue Based Leadership.
  7. Corporate Social Responsibility.
  8. Arms Control/ Nuclear Proliferation.
  9. Globalization and Conflict.
  10. International Trade and Financial Crisis.
  11. Disaster Management.
  12. Terrorism.
Second International Meeting and Eighth ABBS International Conference
‘Future of Management Education: Country Specific Design and Delivery with special reference to Developing Countries and Countries in Transition’
 June 7-8, 2018
To be held at
Acharya Bangalore Business School, Bangalore, India
(Andrahalli Main Road, Off Magadi Road,Bengaluru - 560 091, Karnataka, India, email
Organized in cooperation with
School of Management, State University of New York at Binghamton,
and other private and public institutions
Persons interested to attend this meeting are requested to contact:
Bhageerathi Bhat, 
Phone : +91 080 23245516/17/18
Email :
Dr. Madhumita Chatterji, Director at Strategy & Academic Advancement Acharya Bangalore Business School, Bangalore, India
Dr. R. Jayanthi , Professor, Acharya Bangalore Business School, Bangalore
The first International Meeting on the similar theme “Management education in countries in transition” was organized in Moscow in 1998.  
Management Education has undergone remarkable changes over the years and today it stands at a juncture where the big question staring at its face is should the design and delivery be country specific to enhance its relevance. With major extension in the scope of Management Education number of new challenges has also emerged. Management education is one of the most attractive programs across the globe. Its ability to fill multiple roles in varying countries’ environment has created a vast demand for it. This growth is now visible in the developing world.
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