Our Work

The National Peace Academy is motivated by a vision of “cultures of peace” in the United States and around the world – that is, societies founded upon the concept of peace as articulated in the Earth Charter: “the wholeness created by right relationships with oneself, other persons, other cultures, other life, Earth, and the larger whole of which all are a part.”

5 SpheresOur contribution to the realization of this vision is to advance the transformation to a culture of peace in the United States by elevating in the public consciousness the meaning and value of peacebuilding and everyone’s role in it and developing the full spectrum of the peacebuilder in everyone.

We do this through dynamic, coordinated programmatic initiatives that together address our three areas of strategic priority. All our work is based upon NPA’s “5 Spheres of Peace” Program Framework.

Through its four cornerstones of peace education, peace research, peace policy, and peace practice, the National Peace Academy carries out its mission in three interrelated and mutually supportive strategic areas:

Sitting on 120 acres of protected land overlooking the Belmont Bay in the Mason Neck region of Virginia, Point of View is an international retreat and research center dedicated to peace – a “Civilian Camp David” – located at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR). Through an historic collaboration between the National Peace Academy and S-CAR, Point of View is expanding to include residential facilities and opportunities for joint NPA/S-CAR programming.

The National Peace Academy implements its strategic priorities through a coordinated and mutually supportive program of initiatives. Currently, these initiatives include:

  • Truth Telling
  • Peacebuilder Teleconference Dialogues
  • Peacebuilding Communities of Practice
  • Peacebuilding in Schools
  • Metta Roadmap

Past programs of the National Peace Academy have included:

  • National Peacebuilding Peacelearning Certificate Program (NCP)
  • Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive (PPI)
  • Peacebuilding Peacelearning Conference
  • International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE)
  • Global Campaign for Peace Education