OEF Hosts 2nd Annual Forum on Peace in the 21st Century

Peace Forum 2015

The One Earth Future Forum builds on the developing body of social scientific research on peace and conflict, which argues that peace is an achievable goal for the globe. As outlined in the 2014 OEF Forum Report, The Century of Peace? Empirical Trends in Peace and Conflict, current systems for human security have largely succeeded in reducing the risk of war, and if these systems are extended and sustained, then it is possible that the world will reach a stable system without war.

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The OEF Forum was a discussion among global thinkers on the growing body of empirical literature demonstrating that the world is moving towards peace, and on the actions that can be taken to illuminate these trends. The agenda will be based on how we chart a course to continued peace. This year's event will build upon the ideas generated at OEF's 2014 forum with a focus on three tracks:

  • Extending and Expanding Human Security Systems:  the world has made great strides in reducing poverty and supporting human livelihoods, with a resulting decline in war and violence.
  • Women’s engagement in economic and political life internationally:  data shows that when women are more engaged in decision making in these spheres, peace is more likely.
  • Combating violence- supporting beliefs:  the world must directly confront beliefs and norms that legitimize violence as a tool of conflict resolution.


  • Discuss the current state of the empirical evidence and on-the-ground practice about what needs to be done to advance these trends in the interest of peace.
  • Identify practical points of entry to support the advancement of peace through supporting these three elements, and prioritize what needs to be done to advance these goals.
  • Identify disrupters and challenges that may arise in the 21st century.
  • Inform the work of OEF and other organizations interested in supporting peace.


Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, co-founder of the International Civil Society Action Network

Juan Andrés Cano, founder of Business and Human Rights, Semilla, Value4chain and PeaceStartup

Sister Joan Chittister, co-chair of Global Peace Initiative for Women

Tom Crick, associate director of the Conflict Resolution Program at the Carter Center

Professor the Hon Gareth Evans, chancellor of the Australian National University

Professor Galia Golan, chair of the Program on Diplomacy and Conflict Studies at the School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya

Professor Joshua S. Goldsteinprofessor emeritus, School of International Service, American University

Dr. Hrach Gregorian, president of the Institute of World Affairs

Dr. David Harland, executive director of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue

Ambassador Swanee Huntchair of the Institute for Inclusive Security

Professor Andrew Mack, founder of the Human Security Report Project

Rita Manchanda research director, South Asia Forum for Human Rights

Patrice Martin, co-lead and creative director of IDEO.org

Rohinton P. Medhora, president of the Centre for International Governance Innovation

Dr. Stewart Patrick, director of the Program on International Institutions and Global Governance at the Council on Foreign Relations

Sandra Pepera, director of Gender, Women, and Democracy at the National Democratic Institute

Dr. Steven Pinker, Johnstone Family Professor at Harvard University's Department of Psychology

Dr. Gary Slutkin, Founder of Cure Violence

Major General (USAF, Ret.) Charles Tucker, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the World Engagement Institute ("WEInstitute")

Dr. William Ury, co-founder of Harvard University’s Program on Negotiation

Jody Williams, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Nobel Women’s Initiative founder

Graeme Wood, Contributing Editor to Atlantic Magazine and Lecturer in Political Science at Yale University

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