Latest Announcements

Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy Strategy Retreat

War Prevention Initiative Executive Director Patrick Hiller participated in a strategy retreat for the Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy Initiative.

War Prevention Initiative “fly on the wall” at environmental group retreat

Patrick Hiller, Executive Director of the War Prevention Initiative, attended a retreat by the Jubitz Family Foundation where current key environmental areas (e.g. forests, water, climate change) were discussed. The insightful discussions demonstrated that seemingly disconnected topics such as forests/water and war prevention are situated in the larger context of destructive systems which need to … Read more

National Security in Turbulent Times

“All foreign policy is domestic” – Informative and inspirational evening with Ploughshares Fund and Win Without War

The War Prevention Initiative in collaboration with Ploughshares Fund, Win Without War and the University of Oregon hosted an informative and inspiring conversation around the theme of national security in turbulent times.   Michelle Dover from Ploughshares Fund emphasized the need to view domestic and foreign policy as a whole, not as issue areas that can … Read more

Radio Interview: Iran Peace Approach

“There is no reason to go to war with Iran. One of the problems we have with the narrative is that even those who are pro diplomacy supporters still do that in a paradigm of the good ‘us’ versus the bad ‘them’…. We need to get beyond that narrative and figure out how to improve … Read more

War Prevention Initiative addresses town hall meeting on Iran with Congressman Blumenauer

War Prevention Initiative Executive Director Patrick Hiller addressed a town hall meeting convened by Congressman Earl Blumenauer on June 15, 2019. The American Iranian Friendship Council and Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility sponsored the event. In his prepared remarks, Hiller emphasized the importance of changing the narrative around Iran and its people to ensure that … Read more

Press Release – Peace Delegation to Iran

For immediate release; February 24, 2019; Portland, Oregon Contacts: In Washington, DC, Lily Tajaddini, 240-498-4218, lily[at] In Tehran, Medea Benjamin +001-415-235-6517, medea.benjamin[at] A CODEPINK delegation of 30 Americans will be traveling to Iran from February 25-March 6  to express their deep concern to the Iranian people about the effect of the Trump  administration’s brutal sanctions, … Read more

War Prevention Initiative co-hosted Nobel Peace Laureate from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

The War Prevention Initiative was honored to co-host Nobel Peace Laureate Tilman Ruff from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. As members of this international civil society campaign, it was a privilege to meet and listen to one of campaign’s co-founders. Ruff gave a talk entitled Before They End Us: The New Global Movement to … Read more

War Prevention Initiative keynote and contributing sponsor at 2018 GlobalPDX Conference

The War Prevention Initiative Team enjoyed participating in the 2018 Global PDX Conference. At a gathering, aimed at exploring the humanitarian-development-peace nexus, War Prevention Initiative Executive Director Patrick Hiller gave the opening keynote speech entitled: The humanitarian-development-peace nexus: multidimensional responses to multidimensional problems. Recognizing the many positive opportunities, Hiller suggested that business as usual was not … Read more

War Prevention Initiative endorses “Back from the Brink”

The War Prevention Initiative gladly endorsed the “Back from the Brink” initiative.

War Prevention Initiative co-signs letter to the President on implementing the joint statement of the Singapore Summit

In light of ongoing efforts to secure lasting peace and denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, civil society groups and leaders from the Korea Peace Network sent this letter to President Trump to lay out concrete steps we believe the administration should take to advance the diplomatic process with North Korea.   President Donald Trump The … Read more

War Prevention Initiative team members publish book chapter

The Handbook of Research on Promoting Peace Through Practice, Academia, and the Arts (published September 2018) includes a chapter written by War Prevention Initiative team members David Prater and Patrick Hiller. It is titled Recognizing the Science of Peace to Build Positive Peace. Included in our chapter is original research and commentary highlighting the importance … Read more