Room: H 0112
International Peace Bureau
IPB decided to launch a civil society campaign to highlight the problem. It began in 2011 with the annual Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS), which was consolidated into the Global Campaign (GCOMS) in 2014.
Our GCOMS efforts benefit from a fruitful partnership with SIPRI and other researchers, who provide data and analysis on a regular basis. Among the most fundamental issues raised by the study of military spending is the wide range of driving forces and ideological justifications. More recently we have become aware of the heightening tension between major powers jockeying for position in the global pecking order. This Panel will explore the history and current dimensions of military spending, and will hear from those engaged in the Campaign at different levels.
While we shall not be able to explore all aspects of this complex topic, this is an important opportunity to consider strategies and exchange ideas on how to take the Campaign forward.
Manas Chatterji, Binghamton University, USA & Network of European Peace Scientists
Corazon Fabros, Stop the War campaign, Philippines
Aude Fleurant, SIPRI, Sweden
Moderation: Colin Archer, International Peace Bureau