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The motives, rationales, and impulses that give rise to war-the quest for survival, enrichment, solidarity, and glory-are now better satisfied through peaceful means, war is an increasingly anachronistic practice, more likely to impoverish and harm us humans than satisfy and protect us. This book shows that we already have many of the institutions and practices needed to make peace possible and sets out an agenda for building world peace.


BBC Science Focus, 16 October, 2019

Archaeological studies suggest changes in society some 10,000 years ago likely caused our capacity for conflict, rather than genetic evolution.

Podcast 9 October 2019

In this October 2019 podcast, Alex J. Bellamy unpacks his latest book, World Peace (And How We Can Achieve It). Professor Bellamy gives listeners an exclusive insight into his new release book exploring how peace is possible through existing institutions and practices. Professor Bellamy is also serous about tackling the misconception that peace is for dreamers, both in his book and on this podcast. World Peace (And How We Can Achieve It) is available at all good bookstores but join Professor Alex J. Bellamy and Taylor Toovey on this podcast for a sneak peek.


21 September 2019

The United Nations’ International Day of Peace is celebrated on 21 September each year, marking efforts to bring the world closer to a state of harmony and further away from violence. Here are some surprising facts about peace and the quest to achieve it. From the Oxford University Press blog.

7 October 2019

Author and professor of peace and conflict studies, talks to Soldier Magazine about his ambitious new book.


Brisbane, 20 June 2019

As of January 2019, there were 68.5 million forcibly displaced people in the world, including 25.4 million refugees who have fled their homes to escape violence and persecution. A staggering 40 million of these displaced people are still within the borders of their home country. UQ experts, Professor Alex Bellamy, Dr Gerhard Hoffstaedter and Dr Sara Riva, will discuss how the world has and must adapt to ongoing and future crises.

The Interpreter, 4 June 2019

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, the day when Chinese authorities brutally crushed pro-democracy demonstrations, killing anywhere between one and ten thousand people in the process. Today, the Chinese authorities are anxious that we forget the terrible events of 30 years ago. Not forgetting them is a punishable offence inside China itself. Now, as those same authorities intern at least a million Muslims in Xinjiang, it is important that we remember what happened, and why.


The Interpreter, 30 April 2019

The month of April is littered with reminders of how cruel the world can be and should motivate us to be vigilant about the potential for atrocity crimes in our own time. 24 April marks the start of the Armenian Genocide when, in 1915, hundreds of Armenian community leaders and intellectuals were rounded up. The Rwandan Genocide of 1994 also began in April, and took no more than 100 days for 800,000 people to be murdered. Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, falls at this time of year to coincide with the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

Global Observatory, 15 March 2019

Bringing an end to “Christmas tree” mandates is only a good idea if this bureaucratic measure is complemented by the other political and material commitments in the Action for Peace declarations.


Global Observatory, 28 February 2018

“Hell on earth” is how UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres characterized the situation in eastern Ghouta this week.

Podcast, St. John's College, Oxford, 13 June 2017

World peace is out of fashion: not even pacifists believe in it nowadays, wrote Susan Sontag. Yet a series of recent UN reviews came to the conclusion that peace is fundamental to the achievement of other goals. The peace imperative was recognised by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which call for peaceful and inclusive societies. This talk examines the challenges that make world peace so difficult, considers past efforts and ideas, and introduces some tangible steps that can be taken to better organise the world for peace. 


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