The WPF Program at the Fletcher School seeks to make achieving world peace a legitimate and recognized subject of public debate, scholarship and policy. To this end, the WPF program rests on three pillars: research, education and policy
Our research programs aim to be innovative and provocative, marrying commitment to rigorous, interdisciplinary research with creative questioning in order to spark new conversations about we might understand and respond to the challenges of armed conflict today. Methodologically inductive, all of our programs are founded on analysis into the questions of the nature and causes of violent conflicts and mass atrocities, and how they are ended. Explore our programs.
An international public intellectual conversation is needed to respond to the challenges of new threats to peace and the requisite new vision of world peace. The WPF education programs are designed to catalyze such a conversation amongst a new generation of scholars and practitioners, and the public at large. We do this by leveraging our affiliation with The Fletcher School and the wider Tufts community, alongside an externally-focused program of public education using lectures, events, the media and publications, and our blog and social media. Learn more about our on-campus efforts. For more about public education related to our research agenda, explore our programs.
The WPF’s policy engagement is integrated with its research, in two senses. First, our policy engagement provides materials for innovative research. Second, our policy engagement in turn derives from the research directions of the WPF program. Drawing on the WPF’s unique access to political leaders and institutions, the programs aim to bring the qualities of innovation and creativity to its support of political processes for peace. Our focus is on the world’s most difficult places, especially in Africa, but also in Asia and Latin America. To learn more about the policy outreach and implications of our research program, explore our programs.