Awareness of the Specific Harm Caused by Nuclear Weapons Reduces Americans’ Support for Their Use

Vivid information about the consequences of a nuclear attack reduced Americans’ support for the use of nuclear weapons on both moral and self-interested grounds.

Racism as a Foundation of the Modern World

Race and racism, empire, and slavery are foundations of the European- and American-led contemporary world order, as demonstrated by the transatlantic slave trade, racist views held by Western philosophers, and the “standard of civilization” principle. 

Protecting Civilians or Protecting the State? The Role of the Pan-African Parliament in Conflict Resolution

The PAP played an impactful role in conflict resolution in Sudan, Côte d’Ivoire, Libya, and Somalia through its internal debates, fact-finding missions, convening of various stakeholders, meetings with diplomatic representations, and periodic communications. 

Why Do U.S. Congress Members Vote for Military Spending?

Legislators’ party affiliation and the demographics of their districts account for differences in the legislative vote on military spending.

Militarization of UN Peacekeeping in Mali

The militarization of MINUSMA was reinforced by a robust peacekeeping mandate, cooperation with counterterrorism operations, and significant involvement of NATO countries.

War Prevention Initiative: “Nonviolent alternatives must be pursued in Ukraine to deescalate war.”

February 25, 2022; Contact: Kelsey Coolidge; War Prevention Initiative: “Nonviolent alternatives must be pursued in Ukraine to deescalate war.” PORTLAND, OR The War Prevention Initiative is deeply distraught and condemns the Russian military invasion of Ukraine. This situation is complex, evolving, and much is still unknown. We echo the sentiment of our friends and … Read more

Los sistemas de paz existentes demuestran que las relaciones intergrupales e internacionales pacíficas son posibles

Las variables particulares relacionadas con la paz parecen más fuertes en los sistemas de paz que en los sistemas que no son de paz, lo que sugiere que, de hecho, hay características recurrentes que contribuyen a las relaciones pacíficas entre las sociedades.

Private Military and Security Companies Undermine Peacebuilding Efforts

The presence of private military and security companies promotes militarization in humanitarian spaces and undermines non-militarized approaches to security.

Diplomacy and De-escalation is the Real Solution to Solve the Ukrainian Crisis

February 20, 2022; Contact: Patrick Hiller;  War Prevention Initiative: “Diplomacy and De-escalation is the Real Solution to Solve the Ukrainian Crisis” PORTLAND, OR The Russian military buildup and maneuvers around Ukraine and the simultaneous U.S. and NATO militarized responses by sending troops and military hardware to the region are worrisome. The possibility of war … Read more

Threatened or Actual Harm Can Provoke an Adversary Rather Than Coerce Them

Instead of coercing or deterring them, the threat or use of military violence (or other harm) can actually make the adversary even more adamant about not backing down, provoking them to resist further or even retaliate.

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