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Successful Peace Agreements Are Built On Trust And Clarity

Successful Peace Agreements Are Built On Trust And Clarity

Recent studies have shown that "complex" peace agreements with long lists of provisions are more likely to lead to a return of violence within five years. This research is important to the ongoing Korean peace process: focus should be placed on peace agreements built on trust with clear, actionable provisions.   

“Fort Trump” Military Base Proposed in Poland

“Fort Trump” Military Base Proposed in Poland

Poland has been pushing to host a permanent U.S. military base for years- proposing it be named "Fort Trump" may have sealed the deal. Poland is looking to shore up relations with the U.S. and defend against an increasingly aggressive Russia, but increased defense spending and the presence of foreign troops has a measured effect on human rights practices and the economy. 

UN Peacekeepers Play A Key Role In Peacebuilding, But There Are Risks

UN Peacekeepers Play A Key Role In Peacebuilding, But There Are Risks

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, calls for members to support UN Peacekeeping operations with greater monetary, equipment, and personnel commitments. Peace Science shows that the militarization of peacekeeping forces may protect civilians in the short-term but also carry unintended consequences.  

Civil Society & Grassroots Coalitions Are Leading Korean Peace Initiatives

Civil Society & Grassroots Coalitions Are Leading Korean Peace Initiatives

Peace talks between North and South Korea have continued partially due to the massive support from civil society and grassroots activists. Peace research has shown the influence civil society has on both social and political issues-the more people come together in support of peace on the Korean Peninsula, the harder it becomes for world leaders to disagree.  

Reevaluating R2P: The Responsibility to Prevent

Reevaluating R2P: The Responsibility to Prevent

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is a global political commitment designed to prevent crimes against humanity. However, by labeling protection as a responsibility, powerful states are given the opportunity to frame their military intervention as the responsible, humanitarian thing to do. Peace Science has shown that conflict prevention is still the most effective approach to avoid violence.

For Genuine Impact, Research Must Be More Accessible

For Genuine Impact, Research Must Be More Accessible

The slow migration of academic knowledge into practical application limits a field’s growth, impact, and the overall effectiveness of its practitioners. Open access journals make research more accessible by eliminating expensive paywalls and subscription fees.