Peace and Prosperity Through Trade and Commerce

October 3-5, 2013

University of San Diego

San Diego, California

This conference provides a forum for sharing best practices, research and insight on the dynamic nexus of conflict, violence, sustainable peace and business.  The goal of this conference is to have both business practitioners and academics come together to discover and discuss ideas related to the nexus between business and sustainable peace.  Business has an important role in securing a peaceful society; similarly, the existence of conflict or violence can impact the viability and sustainability of business.  

This year our Friday morning, October 4, session that is free and open to the public will include executives from Qualcomm, Sony, BP, Femsa Foundation (Cola-Cola), Grameen Foundation and others.  Topics will include impact investing, extractive industries and the community, as well as how organizations are supporting sustainable local business development.  A guest speaker will also include Steve Killealea, founder of the Global Peace Index

Friday morning is free – but registration is required.  For the agenda and to register go to:

For those that cannot attend in person, the Friday morning summit (8:30AM-12:30PM PDT) will be also available to watch via live stream. Please visit:

Paper presentations will continue on Friday afternoon and Saturday on various topics of peace and business, recognizing the economic and social benefits of peace, the role that business can play in developing a more peaceful society and contributing toward peace, conducting business in zones of conflict and post-conflict areas, how managers balance corporate risk exposure in conflict-sensitive zones, business benefits of peace, how business contributes to social resilience and/or less violence in their service communities, peace metrics and current practices of involving business in peace efforts, and others with scholars from around the world.

For more information on the three-day event and for registration, please go here:

Hope you can participate!

Denise Dimon, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for International Affairs
Professor and Director Ahlers Center for International Business
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park – Coronado 116
San Diego, CA 92110
tel:  619-260-4836
fax: 619-260-4198

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