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SIPRI hosts 17th International Conference on Economics and Security


On 14–15 June 2013 SIPRI hosted the 17th annual International Conference on Economics and Security. The conference was co-organized by SIPRI and Economists for Peace and Security.

The conference was preceded by a lecture on Thursday 13 June by SIPRI Director, Professor Dr Tilman Brück. The keynote speech was given by Professor Paul Dunne (University of Cape Town), who presented a paper by Professor
Ron Smith (Birkbeck College, UK) on the economic costs of military

 Paul Dunne speaks at ICES 2013

Professor Paul Dunne (left) delivers Professor Ron Smith's keynote speech. Image: Jasmine Beisiegel.

The conference sessions covered a wide range of topics including; drivers of armed conflict and military spending; economic consequences of armed conflict; military expenditure, growth and development; natural resources, conflict and militarization; the economics of terrorism; theories of conflict and co-operation; the economics of the defence sector; the arms industry and trade; and the economics of post-conflict situations.

Thomas Baumert speaks at ICES 2013Thomas Baumert (facing camera) gives a presentation in the SIPRI library at ICES 2013. Image: Jasmin Beisiegel.

A special side event, an exhibition of photographs entitled 'Making Peace', will be held at the Nobel Museum until 17 November. Read more about the exhibition.

The conference organizers wish to thank the Swedish Riksbankens Jubileumsfond for its generous financial support for the conference.

Read the full conference programme, or contact Sam Perlo-Freeman for more information. Visit the Economists for Peace and Security website, where copies of the conference papers will soon be available for download.