Farmlab Public Salon
Paul K. Chappell
Friday, June 25, 2010 @ Noon
Free Admission

Why World Peace is Possible and How We Can Achieve It

Like most Americans, I grew up thinking that peace was a naive dream. In this talk, I explain how I learned at West Point and in the military that peace is possible, and how we can take steps toward achieving it. I will also explain what waging peace means and how, in the nuclear age, waging peace is required to ensure the survival of humanity and protect our planet. We all can create positive change in the world, and now is the best time to begin.

Some topics I will discuss include:

- Are human beings naturally violent?

- Why does war happen?

- Why do people join the military?

- How do armies make people fight?

- How is warfare changing in the 21st century?

- Why are the teachings of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. more important than ever?

- What does waging peace mean?

- What can we all do to end war, save our planet, and make a difference?

Paul K. Chappell graduated from West Point in 2002. He served in the army for seven years, was deployed to Baghdad, and left active duty in November 2009 as a Captain. He is the author of Will War Ever End?: A Soldier’s Vision of Peace for the 21st Century and The End of War: How Waging Peace Can Save Humanity, Our Planet, and Our Future (May 2010). He lives in Santa Barbara, California, where he is serving as the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. He is working on his third book, Peaceful Revolution, and he speaks throughout the country to colleges, high schools, veterans groups, churches, and activist organizations.

Note on the cover image: The sculpture shown is The Triumph of Napoleon in 1810 by Jean-Pierre Cortot, part of L’Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The Romans used laurel wreaths to celebrate military conquest. This sculpture shows Napoleon being crowned with such a wreath at the height of his power. Triumph depicts the glorification of war, the leaders who drag countries into war, and the celebration of death that disregards the soldiers and civilians killed during war.

Further Information:

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation:

Image: Courtesy Paul K. Chappell



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