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Social Ecology of Peace Series

The "Social Ecology of Peace" series of interviews was created between 1983 and 1989. It includes not only influential thinkers from the United States but also key thinkers from other countries around the world. As a consequence of glasnost and perestroika, Soviet participation began in 1988.

The series of interviews began shortly after President Ronald Reagan's "evil empire" speech in March of 1983 with an interview with noted American psychologist B. F. Skinner and the last interviews in this series were conducted shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. With the end of the Cold War, it is increasingly clear that humankind must intensify its search for more peaceful solutions to what are age-old problems.

There are four separate collections of interviews within the "Social Ecology of Peace" series. They differ in content focus, but not in depth or distinctiveness. The title, "The Social Ecology of Peace" denotes the multi-disciplinary perspectives of the participants and the different levels of analysis they employ in their presentation of why there is not peace and what can be done to achieve it.