The dominant foreign and security policy of the West (Pax Occidentalis) is out of sync.
Spin-doctors are part and parcel of the military interventions and coercive diplomacy.
Adaptive work is urgently needed.
If European peace research wants to remain in the picture, it should provide more critical analysis, audacity, and intellectual- solidarity and fighting.
Peace conferences are times to assess the state of peace. Has the world, during the first ten years of the 21st century, become a more peaceful place? What role has Europe played? What has been the added value of European peace research? Let’s try to answer these questions here.