JUST RELEASED: “The Political Economy of Predation” by Mehrdad Vahabi

Josselin Droff October 17, 2015 Tags: , , News No comments
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Still in early stages of development, conflict theory presents a growing interest in understanding the economic costs and benefits of conflicts.

In his new book, Mehrdad Vahabi analyses one type of conflict in particular: manhunting, or predation, in which a dominant power hunts down its prey and the goal of the prey is to escape and thus survive. This contrasts with traditional warfare, in which two (or more) powers enter into a conflict and the goal is to fight to win domination.

The economics of escape casts light on costs and benefits of predatory activities, and explores the impact of violence as an impediment to developing countries with respect to assets structure. This book is unprecedented in its research and thought and develops a new theory of predation in economics that makes a significant contribution to the field.

Buy the book online

Kick-off meeting of AEGES’ State-Industry relationship section

Josselin Droff October 10, 2015 Tags: , , News No comments

AEGES, the recently-created French ‎association of defence studies, is proud to announce the creation of its section “relations Etat-Industrie.” AEGES aims at gathering all researchers working on defence issues in France and ‎to welcome foreign contributors.

This new section will focus on political, strategical, economical, historical… dimensions that characterise relations between States and the defence industry in a multi-disciplinary approach. Indeed these topics remain under-explored in France.

The section aims at fostering research projects, providing a forum for debates as well as joint projects and launching seminars.

A kickoff meeting is scheduled on November 3rd at the University Paris 2 Assas at 6.00pm (Room 08, 92 rue d’Assas, Paris).

For more information, please have a look to the dedicated page (in French):!relations-etat-industrie/csae

Call for papers – Twentieth Annual Conference on Economics and Security (16-17 June 2016)

Josselin Droff September 21, 2015 Tags: , , , News No comments

Hosted by TED University in Ankara (Turkey), the twentieth annual international conference on economics and security will take place in Ankara. It aims to provide an opportunity for economists, political scientists and others from around the world to share ideas and discuss future developments on defence and security topics.

The conference will have plenary sessions with keynote speakers and specialist workshop streams. Further information on the conference will posted on the conference website at:

If you are interested in organizing a session at the 2016 Conference, please send a proposal with a title, brief summary, list of titles and proposed speakers. If you would like to present a paper please send a title and an abstract of less than 300 words as soon as possible. Both should be sent before 1st April 2016 to:

International conference “Borders, Walls and Violence: Costs and Alternatives to Border Fencing” – Call for papers

Josselin Droff September 17, 2015 Tags: , , News No comments

As every other year, the Raoul Dandurand Chair at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) will organize its leading conference on border security in May 2016. Paper proposals are welcome until October 5th, 2015. This conference promotes a multidisciplinary approach and it gathers academics as well practitioners and NGOs.

This conference seeks to understand border walls as a global trend. As a growing number of walls are being built along international borders and as migrants and inhabitants of those borderlands are experimenting more and more violence, we seek to understand the local perspectives and views on border fences and replace it in a multiscalar perspectives in order to see if there are viable alternatives to fences and security approaches.

Participants are encouraged to critically examine the role of border walls in security discourses and in the framing of the local political and sociological landscape to consider some of the following themes:

  1. Impacts of border walls
  2. Legal aspects of border walls
  3. Costs and economies of border walls
  4. Violence of border walls
  5. Alternatives to border walls

For more details and submitting a proposal, please click here

Open position in economic modeling of complex systems in Palaiseau (France)

Josselin Droff September 16, 2015 Tags: , , News No comments
The Institute for Technological Research SystemX opens a new position to strengthen its scientific expertise on the economic and financial modeling and resulting software tools.
Located within a global scientific campus in Palaiseau (France), this researcher will take part to the creation of an brand new institute dedicated to the future system digital engineering in transport, communication, digital security and energy sectors.
Working closely with the best French research organizations and bringing together academic and industrial research teams, SystemX has the ambition to generate major technologies and solutions by using digital engineering breakthroughs and to spread skills in all economic sectors.
SystemX is looking for an experienced researcher holding a PhD with at least a 5-year experience in research. This researcher will integrate a multidisciplinary team that will put their cybersecurity knowledge, know-how and legal competence in common.

Fulbright Specialist program – ENSTA Bretagne hosts Professor Seiglie (Rutgers University, USA)

Josselin Droff June 12, 2015 Tags: , News No comments
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The Human and Social Sciences department of ENSTA Bretagne hosts Professor Carlos Seiglie from Rutgers University (New Jersey, USA) as part of the Fulbright Specialist program.

Carlos Seiglie is Professor of economics at Rutgers University and Chair of the Department of economics.  His research interests include applied microeconomics, defense economics, and international economics.  Dr. Seiglie is the author of more than 40 refereed journal articles and book chapters and serves on the editorial boards of several journals.

Professor Seiglie has already been working with the economists’ team of ENSTA Bretagne for five years. He presented a paper at ENSTA Bretagne in 2011 the International Conference “Defense and its realms,” a paper eventually published in The Evolving Boundaries of Defence: An Assessment of Recent Shifts in Defence Activities edited by Renaud Bellais (Emerald, , 2014).

This year, we have the opportunity to host again the Professor Seiglie as part of a Fulbright Specialist program. Fulbright Specialist grants aim to promote exchanges between American researchers and researchers from the host country. They are awarded to experts in their field of excellence.

During his stay in France in June and July 2015, Professor Seiglie will work on research projects with Josselin Droff and Renaud Bellais, participate to joint projects with researchers from the Chaire d’économie de la défense at IHEDN in Paris and present a contribution at the 19th International Conference on Economics and Security co-organized by ENSTA Bretagne and University Pierre Mendès France of Grenoble.

Social event of 19th ICES : A historical and cultural tour of downtown Grenoble (Saturday 27 June)

Josselin Droff June 10, 2015 Tags: , , , News No comments
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We are very pleased to propose, to all the 19th ICES participants, a free historical and cultural tour of downtown Grenoble.
Grenoble played a key role in the history of France, since it was the capital of the duchy of Dauphiné. During the premises of the French Revolution, decisive events took place in Grenoble, notably the “Journée des Tuiles” (Day of the Tiles) in 1788 that historians consider as the starting point of the Revolution.
The proposed guided tour will provide an overview of the city on Saturday 27 June from 9.00am to 12.30am. It includes a visit of the old Dauphiné Parliament building and a discovery of downtown Grenoble. This latter includes the Gallo-Roman wall, the Cathedral Notre-Dame, the gardens of the Dukes of Lesdiguières and the famous squares of Gordes, Herbs and Grenette.
Even though this guided tour is free, it is required to register to book guides (especially for the Parliament with a very limited group).
After this cultural and historical tour, participants could join a convivial lunch in a downtown restaurant at their own expense. If you would like to join this lunch, please inform us when registering for the guided tour to help us book the restaurant.

For both, please send an email to: no later than June 18th!

International Conference Research & Regulation 2015 (Paris), Atelier E « Political Economy of Appropriation and Conflict »

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The International Conference Research & Regulation  Paris, June 9-12 2015 is hosted by the LADYSS and INALCO.

Atelier E « Political Economy of Appropriation and Conflict »

Organisation : Mehrdad Vahabi (LED, université Paris-8).

2 E-1: 11/06 (11:00 > 12:30) EN/FR.

Présidence: Mehrdad Vahabi (LED, université Paris-8).
> Vahabi Mehrdad – The Political Economy of Predation, Manhunting and the Economics of Escape
> Champeyrache Clotilde – Destructive entrepreneurship: the costs of the mafia for the legal economy
> Lado Hervé – La prédation comme exploitation de rentes de domination
> Massoni Sébastien, Mildenberger Carl, Pietri Antoine – Comparing contest success functions: evidence from virtual worlds

19th ICES, a truly global conference

Josselin Droff May 5, 2015 Tags: , , News No comments
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As the call fo papers is now closed, it is very likely that the 19th International Conference on Economics and Security (ICES) will be a tremendous event, once again.
In this year’s edition the organization committee accepted 56 papers, covering several topics in defense and security economics : terrorism, arms industry, conflicts, military spending or arms exports among others. A huge scope of topics for the first edition in France.
As experienced through previous editions, ICES takes place in Europe but it welcomes researchers and practicioners from all around the world. The 19th ICES will benefit from contributions from 20 countries with speakers coming from many European countries but also from Africa, North America, South America and Asia.
Do not hesitate to come and join us to participate to innovative and stimulating debates in the field of defence studies. Registration is open and we hope to welcome you in Grenoble soon!