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It is crucial to challenge the mainstream narrative controlled by war proponents, who work tirelessly to conceal nonviolent alternatives between going to war, or doing nothing at all. (Tom Hastings, Peace Scientist)

Peace Science

The research and theory needed to guide peace workers to produce more enduring and positive peace
Evidence based insights

The expanding academic field of Peace Science continues to produce high volumes of significant research that often goes unnoticed by practitioners, the media, public policy-makers and other possible beneficiaries. This is unfortunate, because Peace Science ultimately should inform the practice on how to bring about peace.

  • Success rate of nonviolent campaigns (1900-2006)

    (Chenoweth & Stephan, 2008)

  • Success Rate of Violent Campaigns (1900-2006)

    (Chenoweth & Stephan, 2008)

  • Decline in support for forceful counterterrorism efforts when alternatives are described as good, not poor

    (Hoffman et al., 2015)

Our Team

David Prater
David Prater
Communication Project Manager
David holds a Masters degree from Portland State University’s Conflict Resolution program, where he focused his research on Middle East conflicts and communicating the social and economic costs of war. David began his work with War Prevention Initiative as a research intern, and has since transitioned into a project management position working to develop a comprehensive communication strategy to promote nonviolent alternatives to conflict.
Patrick T. Hiller
Patrick T. Hiller
Executive Director, War Prevention Initiative
Patrickis a Conflict Transformation scholar, professor, Vice President of the International Peace Research Association Foundation, served on the Executive Committee of the Governing Council of the International Peace Research Association (2012-2016), is member of the Peace and Security Funders Group and serves on the board of directors of the Oregon Peace Institute
Molly Wallace
Molly Wallace
Contributing Editor
In addition to her work with the War Prevention Initiative, Molly Wallace is currently a Visiting Scholar in Portland State University’s Conflict Resolution Program. Previously, she taught in the International Affairs and Political Science Programs at the University of New Hampshire and Brown University. Her recent book, Security without Weapons: Rethinking Violence, Nonviolent Action, and Civilian Protection, explores nonviolent alternatives for civilian protection in war zones—and particularly the unarmed civilian peacekeeping work of Nonviolent Peaceforce in Sri Lanka. More broadly, her research and teaching interests include nonviolent action; conflict resolution/transformation; military desertion/defection; peacebuilding and development; transitional justice and reconciliation; humanitarian intervention, civilian protection, and the “Responsibility to Protect” in postcolonial contexts; discursive and psychological conditions enabling political violence; gender and global politics; and international ethics. Molly earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from Brown University and her B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from Mount Holyoke College. She served as a volunteer mediator with the Community Mediation Center of Rhode Island and previously worked with non-governmental organizations in the fields of conflict resolution and international affairs in Washington, DC–where she was living and protesting during the first few years of the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. She is pleased to have the chance now to integrate her academic and antiwar activist commitments through her work with the War Prevention Initiative. Raised in Oregon but then an East Coaster for a couple decades, Molly is happy to have finally returned with her spouse and daughter to the beautiful Pacific Northwest!

The way we talk about war and peace in the United States must be given serious consideration.