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Dear Members of the Rotarian Action Group for Peace, Rotarians, Rotary Peace Fellows, and Rotaractors,

By being a Rotarian, or affiliated with Rotary, you already self-identify as someone who aims to advance international understanding, goodwill, and peace. Through the Four-Way Test you take an ethical approach to truth, fairness, building goodwill and friendship, and seeking a beneficial outcome for all. In Rotary Peace Centers you have trained more than 900 fellows for careers in peacebuilding. The Rotarian Action Group for Peace provides an official entity that empowers and supports the peace work of Rotarians by offering structure, guidance and resources to further their peace efforts. We hope the point comes across: Peace is in Rotary’s DNA!

 At the same time, the term peace can be elusive and even divisive. Peace is not a feel good state of mind where symbols like doves and peace signs are spread through the world and love and understanding is sung from the rooftops. There is a professional field of practice, resting on a body of academic theory informed by practice. Peace Science is an important contribution to inform our practice as Rotarian Peacebuilders: and now that science has become more accessible.

The expanding academic field of Peace Science continues to produce high volumes of significant research that often goes unnoticed by practitioners, the media, activists, public policy-makers, and other possible beneficiaries.

To address this issue, the War Prevention Initiative has created the Peace Science Digest as a way to disseminate top selections of research and findings from the field’s academic community to the many beneficiaries.

The Peace Science Digest is formulated to enhance awareness of literature addressing the key issues of our time by making available an organized, condensed and comprehensible summary of this important research as a resource for the practical application of the field’s current academic knowledge.

To learn more about the War Prevention Initiative and their projects, click here.

To read the new Rotarian Action Group for Peace issues of the Peace Science Digest, click here.