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San Diego Conference Examines Link Between Peace And Commerce

Evening Edition

Conflict and violence in a country can affect its people, their surroundings and economy, but what effect do times of peace have on a nation's commerce? How can the private sector play an active role in securing a peaceful and prosperous society?

Aired 10/3/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS:

Steve Killelea, founder, Institute for Economics and Peace and the Global Peace Index

Denise Dimon, USD, Professor, Director, Ahlers Center for International Business

Business can often be a cause of unrest in developing nations. When businesses ignore the needs of a population, exploit desperate workers and ravage the environment, they breed corruption and instability.

But a conference this week at the University of San Diego proposes: If business and entrepreneurs would work to lift up a population, the result could be peace and prosperity. We'll have a preview of the University of San Diego's 2013 Leadership for Peace and Prosperity conference.

The University of San Diego's Ahlers Center for International Business, Center for Peace and Commerce, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, along with the Institute for Economic and Peace, a nonpartisan think tank, are sponsoring the conference.

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