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Sustaining Peace Seminar Series with Peter Coleman

  • NYU SPS Center for Global Affairs 15 Barclay Street New York, NY, 10007 United States (map)

Columbia University Professor Peter Coleman focused his discussion on the Science of Sustaining Peace model that seeks to establish measurable indicators that can serve as clues to what makes a society more or less peaceful. The work of Coleman and his team seeks to develop deeper understandings of which factors drive peacefulness in certain contexts and which factors undermine it, and how those factors interact. The Science of Sustaining Peace model is multidisciplinary, takes into account the complexity of systems and seeks to include local voices. Ultimately,  Coleman said, the model may help societies determine the probability of the effect of certain policies and actions on peacefulness in particular contexts. Thus, it may eventually be possible to determine the effects of particular investments in peace over time and to identify their likely consequences.