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Rick Wayman and David Krieger. Nuclear Age and Peace Incompatibility in Militaristic Democracy and World Order


Rick Wayman



Santa Barbara, CA – Rick Wayman, newly appointed President and CEO of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF), is ushering in 2020 with a vital, new direction.


Wayman, 40, will now focus the work of NAPF o­n a new initiative called Peace Literacy (peaceliteracy.org), an educational framework that teaches people the skills needed to proactively understand, confront, and heal the root causes of the most critical issues of our time. Through workshops with students, teachers, community leaders, clergy, and policymakers throughout the world, Peace Literacy provides people with the tools they need to become as well-trained in waging peace as soldiers are in waging war.


Having served as Director of Programs and Operations at NAPF, and more recently as Deputy Director, Wayman has driven NAPF’s work as a Partner Organization of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which collectively received the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for achieving the UN Treaty o­n the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. He has a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from Marquette University, and a Master’s in Non-Profit Management and Political Advocacy from the School for International Training. His writings o­n sustainable policies and nuclear disarmament have been published by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. Wayman succeeds David Krieger, NAPF’s long-serving and influential President Emeritus.


Working alongside Wayman is Paul K. Chappell, NAPF’s Peace Literacy Director. Chappell is an international peace educator who graduated from West Point in June 2002 and was deployed to Kuwait and Iraq. After leaving the military as a Captain in 2009, Chappell attended civil rights leader James Lawson’s Non-Violence Program in 2010. He also attended the Level 1 and 2 International Nonviolence Summer Institute in 2013 where he trained with civil rights leaders Bernard Lafayette and C.T. Vivian, both of whom worked closely with Martin Luther King, Jr.


NAPF, a non-profit headquartered in Santa Barbara, opened its doors in 1982 and, for nearly 40 years, has worked to build a more peaceful world, free of nuclear weapons. Today, the staff is energized and committed to providing solutions for what many have deemed “the new abnormal” – a world in which truth is indistinguishable from fiction and the misuse of new technologies threatens the very fabric of our society.


Wayman commented, “In order to achieve a world in which nuclear weapons can be abolished and stay abolished, we must act to heal the root causes that have led humans to create the means for our own annihilation. Peace Literacy is doing just that by providing tailored curricula from pre-school to adult education, and every level in between.”


Wayman went o­n to say, “It is an honor to have the confidence of the NAPF Board of Directors, our dedicated donors from around the world, and our 80,000-plus members to lead this great organization into a new decade. There couldn’t be a more important time in history to empower people with the knowledge and skills to achieve peace in their own lives, in their communities, and around the world.”


            If you would like to interview Rick Wayman, please call (805) 965-3443 or (805) 696-5159.

A hi-res photo of Wayman can be found at http://bit.ly/wayman-photo

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s mission is to educate and train people of all ages and backgrounds to solve the most dangerous technological, social, and psychological issues of our time, and to survive and thrive in the 21st century. The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation is a non-partisan, non-profit organization with consultative status to the United Nations. For more information, visit https://www.wagingpeace.org/


Paul K. Chappell. Peace Literacy is survival literacy.

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Dear Friends,

         Today, we published part five of our new series o­n navigating struggle, uncertainty, and crisis. Each entry in this series focuses o­n o­ne of humanity’s non-physical needs, along with practical ideas to help us create stronger relationships and communities as we navigate through this pandemic together. This week, we focus o­n inspiration; the full article is below.

          When people’s physical need for safety is not met, what do effective leaders always do? They always give an inspiring speech. Inspiring speeches are important, but that's not the o­nly kind of inspiration that we can offer others. Appreciation and acting as a role model are two additional important ways that we can practice inspiration.

          My wife, Ayda, inspires me in many ways o­n a daily basis. Over the years, she has helped me particularly to develop my muscle of empathy. She is also a fantastic role model for our daughter, and I have so much gratitude for her inspirational presence in my life.

          Who inspires you? And who do you inspire?

Wishing you peace, strength, and good health in these tumultuous times. Please stay at home if you can, and take care of o­ne another.


Rick Wayman

CEO, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation




David Krieger




Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF)


David Krieger, J.D., Ph.D., is a leader in the global effort to abolish nuclear weapons. He is an attorney, political scientist and the author of many studies o­n achieving peace in the Nuclear Age.

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Nuclear Age Peace Foundation:

Committed to a world free of nuclear weapons


In just a few days, I will retire after serving as President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation for the past 37 years. I give my deepest thanks to all of you who have educated yourselves and others through our books and monthly newsletter, who have spoken out for peace and nuclear disarmament through our Action Alert Network, and who have made this institution possible through your generous financial support.

When we founded NAPF in 1982, the world was adrift in nuclear dangers. We began with a belief in the necessity of awakening people everywhere to the dangers of the Nuclear Age – a time in which our technological prowess exceeded our ethical development. This dilemma continues today. For nearly four decades, we have been a steady, consistent and creative voice for peace and a world free of nuclear weapons.

As the calendar page turns to 2020, we are working to create a peace literate world, based upon empathy, caring, kindness and overcoming fear, greed and trauma: a world in which nuclear weapons can be abolished and stay abolished. Our Peace Literacy Initiative, headed by Paul K. Chappell, a West Point graduate, goes to the root causes of war and nuclear weapons. It is a profound way of waging peace.

As the next generation prepares to take the helm at NAPF, I ask you to believe in the power of our work now more than ever. We have exciting plans to scale up our Peace Literacy work and deliver measurable and increasing impacts over the coming months and years.

Your financial support is essential to making these plans a reality. Please consider a year-end gift to the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation so that we can maximize our reach to train students, teachers, and community leaders in 2020 and beyond.

In peace,

David Krieger






Commentary by Dr. Leo Semashko, the GHA founder and Honorary President.


Almost 40 years of experience in managing the most brilliant and fully secured peacemaking Foundation, among whose regular sponsors are many wealthy people, billionaires: Ted Turner, founder of CNN, Amazon, GOOGLE and etc., proved two inevitable trends:

1. "The world was adrift in nuclear dangers" not in the direction of its reduction, but o­nly in o­ne direction of their exacerbations starting with the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. No o­ne can deny this.

2. “Our technological prowess exceeded our ethical development. This dilemma continues today.” The dilemma is not so much in this as in the incompatibility of the militaristic world order, established by militaristic democracy immediately after WWII and the real peace. Because all military budgets, including the constant expansion of the nuclear weapons financing, are provided by the decision of democratic parliaments. This dilemma of power and peace is really continuing and there is no end to it. NAPF, for all its powerful resources, could not oppose anything to these two trends.

3. "Our Peace Literacy Initiative, .. goes to the root causes of war and nuclear weapons. It is a profound way of waging peace.” Yes, overcoming peace ignorance, wars and nuclear weapons is possible o­nly through the scientific knowledge of their root causes and social actors / sources of global peace and through education in them. For this NAPF needs the "Global Peace Science" (https://peacefromharmony.org/docs/global-peace-science-2016.pdf), which was created by the GHA during 11 years, but which the NAPF ignored. Why? Maybe now, in retirement, David Krieger, with his colossal peacemaking experience, will draw attention to it and take part both in its application in the NAPF and in its development. GHA created his personal page for this purpose. We hope for intellectual peacemaking cooperation with him and with the NAPF.




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