Listen to this Talk Nation Radio interview outlining the Peace Science Digest:
The Peace Science Digest provides analysis and access to the top research in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies.
Published bimonthly, we aim to provide a mutually beneficial link between the field’s academic community and its practitioners, the media, activists, public policy-makers, and other possible beneficiaries.
The Peace Science Digest is formulated to enhance awareness of literature addressing the key war prevention issues of our time by making available an organized, condensed and comprehensible analysis. We are creating a resource for the practical application of the field’s academic knowledge.
The role and need of the Digest
Peace and Conflict Studies (henceforth: Peace Science) has emerged as an academic discipline with its own graduate programs, handbooks, research tools, theories, associations, journals, and conferences. As with most scientific communities, the slow migration of academic knowledge into practical application becomes a limiting factor of a field’s growth, impact, and overall effectiveness of its practitioners. 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.
The research and theory needed to guide peace workers to produce more enduring and positive peace, not only more peace studies, have come to stay. Bridging the gap between the peace movement moralism and foreign policy pragmatism is a major challenge facing everyone who seeks to achieve peace on Earth.
(Johan Galtung and Charles Webel)
To address this issue, the War Prevention Initiative has created the Peace Science Digest as a way to disseminate top selections of research and findings from the field’s academic community to the many possible beneficiaries.
The Peace Science Digest is formulated to enhance awareness of literature addressing the key issues of our time by making available an organized, condensed, and comprehensible summary of this important research as a resource for the practical application of the field’s current academic knowledge.
Our goal as part of the War Prevention Initiative
- Contribute to Peace Science and public scholarship as a way to promote war prevention issues.
- Share information and resources with multiple constituencies in an understandable manner.
- Advance the understanding and growth of the Global Peace System by promoting, developing and collaborating with peacebuilding efforts across all sectors of society.
Underlying assumptions of the War Prevention Initiative
- Peace Science provides a path to a more just and peaceful world
- Poverty, employment, energy, education, the environment and other social and natural factors are interconnected in peacebuilding.
- We are at a stage in human history where we can say with confidence that there are better and more effective alternatives to war and violence.
Selection and Analysis
- Featured articles are selected based on their contribution to the field of Peace Science and the scientific integrity derived from the peer-review process. Peer-reviewed journals evaluate the quality and validity of a scientific study, giving us the freedom to focus on an article’s relevance and potential contribution to the field.
- The authors of the Peace Science Digest do not claim their analysis is the only way to look at any given topic, but aim to extract key elements based on the core principles and strict ethical scrutiny consistent in all publications of the War Prevention Initiative.
Key Peace Science Journals
- Peace & Change
- Journal of Peace Research
- Peace Review
- Journal of Peace Education
- Conflict Resolution Quarterly
- The Journal of Conflict Resolution
- Conflict Management and Peace Science