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David Adams

Dr David Adams is the coordinator of the Culture of Peace News Network on the Internet at and a member of the City Peace Commission of New Haven, Connecticut.  He retired in 2001 from UNESCO where he was the Director of the Unit for the International Year for the Culture of Peace, proclaimed for the Year 2000 by the United Nations General Assembly.


Following a career as Professor of Psychology for 23 years at Wesleyan University (Connecticut, USA), he had come to UNESCO in 1992 to develop the Culture of Peace Program as an supplement and alternative to military peacekeeping operations. His responsibilities included development of national culture of peace projects, research and development of the culture of peace concept and training in peace-building and conflict resolution. On behalf of UNESCO he prepared UN documents, including the draft Declaration and Program of Action on a Culture of Peace (1999).


While at Wesleyan University, and previously at Yale University, he was a specialist on the brain mechanisms of aggressive behavior, the evolution of war, and the psychology of peace activists, and he helped to develop and publicize the Seville Statement on Violence.


He is the author of several books and numerous publications in neurophysiology, cardiovascular physiology, genetics, ethology, biopsychology, social psychology, cross-cultural anthropology, history, and ethics. A number of these studies helped lay the scientific basis for work towards a culture of peace.  A full list of publications is available on line on his personal website:   The website also presents his most important books, a trilogy published in 2009:


§  The History of the Culture of War 

§  World Peace through the Town Hall 

§  I Have Seen the Promised Land


His monthly blog about the culture of peace is on the Internet at

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