Wednesday, October 1, 2014

2015 Biennial Conference on The Business and Economics of Peace

The Institute for Economics and Peace and American University’s Kogod School of Business announce the 2015 biennial conference on “The Business and Economics of Peace,” co-hosted April 10-11, 2015 at American University in Washington, D.C.

The conference will convene graduate, advanced undergraduate students, academics, and practitioners in the following areas of study: business, public policy, international relations, economics, and statistics, among others. We seek to showcase the best student work related to the key conference themes: 1) Economics, Business and Peace, 2) Measuring Peace, 3) the Analysis and Management of Risk, and 4) Resilient Businesses, Resilient Societies: Promoting Positive Peace. In addition to the student presentations, established academics and industry leaders will share the latest ideas in research and practice. Discussions and networking opportunities with practitioners will be emphasized in the program.

The inaugural conference took place at the Kogod School of Business in April 2013, and brought together 40 speakers and 100 participants for research presentations, panel discussions, career development, and networking. Coverage of the conference can be found here and conference proceedings here.

This conference seeks to focus greater attention on the interrelationships between business, peace, and economics and emphasize the value in looking at these issues from multiple disciplines and perspectives. With advances in fact-based peace metrics led by IEP through the Global Peace Index and related research, as well as further study into the links between peace and commerce by international academics, a base of research exists to propel further study on the measurement of peace and the role business in peace economics.
Call for Submissions:
Graduate students are invited to submit original research papers and case studies within the broad scope of the conference. We will also consider submissions focusing on the application of novel research methodologies (e.g., GIS) and original multi-media productions. A committee composed of AU faculty and IEP representatives will review all submitted papers for presentation in the conference. The best papers from the conference will be recognized.

The topics of selected paper and case study submissions will cover one or more of the following four themes:

1) Economics, Business, and Peace
  • Investigate the role that private sector, public sector, and non-governmental organizations can play in preventing, mitigating and possibly resolving social and political conflict.
  • Assess the impact of multi-sector efforts to reduce conflict and violence. Is it possible to say an intervention is “successful”? If so, why?
  • Further define peace economics and applications to standard macroeconomic theory.
  • Identify successful case studies where businesses have positively influenced their risk profile to facilitate peacebuilding and positively impact profitability.
  • Develop cost-benefit models of peacebuilding interventions utilizing IEP’s global cost of violence methodology.
  • Develop a country specific methodology for counting violence containment expenditures in a post-conflict nation.
2)   Measuring Peace

  • Use the Global Peace Index as an effective measure of negative peace and present empirical research linking the GPI to other cultural, economic and political factors.
  • Develop new conceptual frameworks to measure positive peace.
  • Develop empirical analysis on the link between peace and healthcare investments and outcomes .
  • Use the Global Terrorism Index to model potential socio-economic drivers of terrorist activity.
3)   Analysis and Management of Risk
  • Propose innovative approaches for assessing and/or managing conflict risk.
  • Investigate whether and how stakeholder engagement can mitigate business risk.
  • Discuss whether private sector contributions to the economic and social development in countries serve to minimize violence and conflict.
  • Investigate the role of peace and conflict in investment decisions.
  • Map business understanding of risk profiles in post-conflict environments.
4)   Resilient Businesses, Resilient Societies: Promoting Positive Peace 
  • Apply the Pillars of Peace framework to analyze positive peace in specific national or local contexts.
  • Develop and present methodologies and conceptual frameworks for defining and measuring resilience.
  • Develop a theory of change for positive peace at the local and individual level. i.e. what determines levels of cooperation, tolerance, trust, non-violent behaviors between groups and individuals?
Key Dates
  • Paper submission deadline: January 12, 2015
  • Presentation selections announced: February, 2015
  • Conference: April 10-11, 2015

To register, please visit:
More than 75 resources are available at IEP’s peace indices including the Global Peace Index, National Indices (US, UK, and Mexico), and Global Terrorism Index, as well as research on the Economic Costs of Violence Containment and the Pillars of Peace are available at
Kogod School of Business
Through their experiences inside and outside the classroom, students at American University’s Kogod School of Business gain a substantive understanding of the demands of a global market and the interconnectedness of the public, private and non-governmental sectors. Established in 1955, the Kogod School of Business is Washington, D.C.’s oldest professional school. Kogod offers both graduate and undergraduate degrees in business administration, finance, accounting, real estate, taxation, and sustainability management. Learn more at
Institute for Economics and Peace
The Institute for Economics and Peace is a non-profit think tank dedicated to shifting the world’s focus to peace as a positive, achievable, and tangible measure of human well-being and progress. It achieves its goals by developing new conceptual frameworks to define peacefulness; providing metrics for measurement; uncovering the relationship between peace, business and prosperity, and by promoting a better understanding of the cultural, economic and political factors that drive peacefulness.  Learn more at
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