Essay ‘Un-contest’ on a Feminist Foreign Policy

The War Prevention Initiative (WPI) is seeking submissions for an essay un-contest on a feminist foreign policy.
We want to challenge ourselves and potential contributors to ask: What does your feminist foreign policy look like?

War Prevention Initiative: Doomsday Clock shows the world closer to nuclear war – the time for denuclearization is now.

War Prevention Initiative: Doomsday Clock shows the world closer to nuclear war – the time for denuclearization is now.

How Women’s Situation Rooms Harness Gender to Prevent Political Violence

In various West African countries, women’s situation rooms (WSRs) monitor election-related violence and more, which enables them to respond to emerging crises.

Statement on Unfolding Events in Iran (2022-2023)

We stand in solidarity with the courageous women-led struggle in Iran for self-determination and against injustices and repression. We strongly condemn the cruel and unjust privacy violations, detentions, torture, trials, and public executions by the Iranian government.

Happy New Year from the War Prevention Initiative!

Dear Friends, The beginning of a new year is reserved as a time for reflection—taking stock of the past year and imagining the possibilities for the future. We are guided by our vision of a more just and peaceful future even when world events challenge our core principles. The war in Ukraine, now in its … Read more

2022 Year in Review

Happy New Year!  2022 was seventh year for the Peace Science Digest. We continued to broaden the scope of academic research featured in the Digest, while focusing on academic material that explores militarism and other systems of oppression. We were very happy to renew the Digest branding by more strongly aligning it with the War … Read more

Police Fragmentation Increases Risk of Conflict Recurrence and Human Rights Abuses in Post-Conflict Countries  

Police fragmentation results in a higher risk of conflict recurrence and “greater discretion in the use of violence…against the civilian population” in post-conflict countries.  

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Local Capacities for Preventing and Rejecting Violent Conflict

The very existence of peaceful societies demonstrates that communities have options and agency even in the broader context of wartime violence.

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Thinking About “Safety” and “Security”

Due to a broader context of militarism, “security” has become closely associated with military and/or armed approaches to defense and protection.

Peace Briefing: Nuclear Weapons

No amount of nuclear weaponry can provide security. Eliminating weapons of mass destruction is not an impossible task, but a necessary one. Until we actively work towards this goal, nuclear weapons-holding nations continue the tradition of sacrificing human and planetary well-being for the power of destruction.

Peace Briefing: Do No Harm in Peacebuilding

Do No Harm dictates that peace actors have “a minimum obligation [that] any action or intervention in and on conflict” should seek to “avoid or mitigate negative impacts.”

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Familiarity as a Means of Protecting the Community Against Atrocity Crimes

In the context of violence in South Sudan, civilians leveraged relationships to overcome protection gaps left by external actors.

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