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Center for Global Peace Through Commerce hosts symposium on capitalist peace

Monday, September 10, 2012

River Forest—Dominican University’s Center for Global Peace through Commerce will host a symposium exploring the question “Can capitalism promote peace?” on Wednesday, September 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Priory Campus Auditorium, 7200 West Division Street, River Forest. The event will bring together three of the country’s top scholars in the field of international economics and its effect on global conflict and the potential for peace. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Carol Tallarico, professor of economics in Dominican’s Brennan School of Business. 

Patrick McDonald, associate professor in the department of government at the University of Texas at Austin, is the author of The Invisible Hand of Peace, a book in which he argues that free trade and property rights have the potential to lead to global peace. He teaches courses on international relations theory, political economy and security. Prior to joining UT, McDonald served a postdoctoral fellowship at the Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a PhD from The Ohio State University. 

Rafael Reuveny is a professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington. A dual citizen of Israel and the U.S., Rueveny served as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces before joining the academy and becoming one of the world’s foremost authorities on political economy and globalization, the political economy of the Middle East and the effects of political conflict on global trade. He is the author or editor of six books on global political economy, including Coping with Contemporary Terrorism: Origins, Escalation, Expansion, Counter Strategies, and Responses, forthcoming from New York University Press. 

Quan Li is a professor in the department of political science at Texas A&M University, where he teaches and researches the interconnections between economics, security, politics and globalization. His most recent book, Politics and Foreign Direct Investment, was released in 2012 by the University of Michigan Press. 

Carol Tallarico’s professional career has primarily focused on research in environmental economics. She co-authored “Cost Effective Control of Urban Smog: The Significance of The Chicago Cap-and-Trade Approach” as part of Routledge Publishing’s Explorations in Environmental Economics series. 

The event is free and open to the public. Registration and refreshments will precede the event at 6 p.m. For more information, contact the Center for Global Peace Through Commerce at (708) 524-5982 or


Jessica Mackinnon 
(708) 524-6289