Peace & Conflict Prevention

Although many believe that war is inevitable, there are steps that nations can take to foster peace and security around the world and to eliminate the possibility of war. We blog on and advocate solutions around peacekeeping, genocide prevention, the "Responsibility to Protect", civilian protection, arms control, and current conflicts and hot spots around the globe.

Latest Campaigns

Women, Peace and Security Act of 2015 ensures the promotion of women's meaningful inclusion and participation in mediation and negotiation processes in order to prevent, mitigate, or resolve violent conflict. The bill supports the National Action Plan, which was created in response to UN Security Council resolution 1325.
Spending hundreds of billions on nukes makes no sense. It's insane.
Accession to the International Criminal Court by both Palestine and Israel would be a crucial step toward accountability and justice for all
Ask Secretary Kerry to Urge the UN Security Council to spare the veto in the face of mass atrocities.

News and Updates

Rohingya Refugees in Indonesia. Courtesy of NPR (Reuters/Landov)
By Hiram Helfman | May 29, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
Democracy is a process of becoming, of trying to create the more perfect union, and this is definitely true for Burma (also known as Myanmar). Right now, Burma has weak, rudimentary democratic institutions that are seeking to gain strength. Burma’s military only allowed transition to democratic rule starting in 2010. The nation continues to suffer the scars of the Colonial Era from when it was owned by the British Indian [...] Read More
Three Mile Island
By Rene Wadlow | May 20, 2015 - 4:00pm EDT
In my last blog, I outlined the framework of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and the role of the Review Conferences. Here I will deal first with the evolution of the NPT Reviews and then with possible avenues for future action. Every five years, the NPT Review Conferences provide an opportunity for governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to evaluate progress in disarmament among [...] Read More
Civil society march during 2010 NPT Review Conference (Courtesy of
By Rene Wadlow | May 15, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
The Review Conference on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) started at the United Nations in New York on 27 April and is scheduled to run until 22 May.   I had chaired the representatives of the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the 1975 and 1980 Reviews and participated in the 1985 and 1990 Reviews, after which the Review conferences moved from the UN in Geneva to New York. I will [...] Read More