The Business and Economics of Peace Conference

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Hosted by American University's Kogod School of Business and the Institute of Economics and Peace, the biennial conference on "The Business and Economics of Peace" brings together students, academics, and practitioners from a variety of fields. 

The conference seeks 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.   

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.

Sheldon Himelfarb gave the opening plenary talk on how peacetech is acting as a catalyst for change in the peacebuilding field and encouraging the type of interdisciplinary collaboration the conference embodies. 

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