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The field of peace studies examines peace and conflict from the perspective of the humanities and the liberal arts. Housed within the Department of Religion in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the GW Peace Studies Program emphasizes the role of world religions in peace building and conflict resolution.

 


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Irene Oh

Irene Oh

Associate Professor of Religion

"We look at peace through the lenses of religion, philosophy, history, political science and other disciplinary majors. Students become inspired by a lot of the historical figures and movements that they come across. They also come away with an enriched vocabulary to think about conflict, peace and democracy."


Peace Studies News

GW Peace Studies Statement on Current Protests and Government Response

The GW Peace Studies Program expressed its strong support for the anti-racism protests occurring across this country and around the world, in response to the killings of Black Americans Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, George Floyd and David McAtee, among many others too numerous to name.
Andrea Galvis Malagon (left) and her friends (right) in front of the US Institute of Peace

Colombian Student Reflects on Peace Studies Debate Tournament

Andrea Galvis Malagón participated in the Peace Studies Program’s debate tournament, which invited students from the Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá to visit Washington, D.C., for the event.
GW debaters (from left) Shawky Darwish, Itiel Wainer and Sean O’Neil at the Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá, Colombia

Students Debaters Lend Voice to International Peace Project

In collaboration with the Peace Studies Program, GW debaters traveled to Colombia, where they teamed up with students from a Bogotá university on an intercultural exchange.
Peace Studies minor Mac Kibum Lee holding an African child

Giving Peace a Chance: Student’s Gift to Peace Studies Caps Amazing Journey

In collaboration with the Peace Studies Program, GW debaters traveled to Colombia, where they teamed up with students from a Bogotá university on an intercultural exchange.

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