100 years after WILPF was first founded, 67 years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted, 20 years after the Beijing Declaration and Programme of Action were established and 15 years after the Millennium Development Goals and Security Council Resolution 1325 were developed, our news headlines still read like the world is on fire, with violent conflict still taking place on every continent of the world.
This year the University of Groningen celebrates its 400th anniversary. A short, but remarkable episode in that long history has been coloured by three decades of peace research at the Polemological Institute (1962-1993), based in the Faculty of Law. Its origins and end seem to symbolize the Cold War period, and global concerns about nuclear weapons. Yet, its agenda was much wider, including peace education, conflict management and development studies.