The Business of Peace

December 18th, 2009

“A just peace includes not only civil and political rights — it must encompass economic security and opportunity. For true peace is not just freedom from fear, but freedom from want.– President Obama (quoting FDR)  as he accepted the Nobel Prize for Peace. You can watch and read the full speech here.

The above is a perfect opening for today’s show on the Business of Peace. If peace must, as Obama says, encompass economic security and opportunity, how do we get there? Today on Business Matters we’ll look at strategies, (especially economic strategies) for getting us closer to the goal of peace on earth.

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Nicholas Kristof
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Nicholas D. Kristof co-authored the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn. Find out more about the book and how to get involved here .

Kristof has been a columnist for The New York Times since 2001. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who writes op-ed columns that appear twice a week in the Times. Mr. Kristof grew up on a sheep and cherry farm near Yamhill, Oregon. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College and then studied law at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, graduating with first class honors. He later studied Arabic in Cairo and Chinese in Taipei. While working in France after high school, he caught the travel bug and began backpacking around Africa and Asia during his student years, writing articles to cover his expenses. Mr. Kristof has lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to more than 140 countries, plus all 50 states, every Chinese province and every main Japanese island. (from the New York Times)

Erik Gartzke
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Erik Gartze is Associate Profesor of Political Science at the University of California in Santa Barbara. His primary area of study involves the impact of information and institutions on war and peace. His research has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Reivew, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Politics, World Politics, and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book on how prosperity and free markets create the basis for amicable politics within (i.e. democracy) and between nations (interstate peace).

Georgia Kelly
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Georgia Kelly is the Founder and Director of Praxis Peace Institute.  She recently helped to organize the Economics of Peace Conference in Sonoma, California. She has produced several conferences on peace-building themes in the U.S. and in Europe. She teaches Conflict Resolution, has been active in many political campaigns, and has published several articles on peace related themes. She is also a harpist, composer, and recording artist.

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One Comment

by Rebeca Economics on December 19th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

The sentiment is timeless, but especially comes to mind as the beginning of a new calendar year approaches. Rebeca Economics

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