Why is QCEA Working on Peace?

Quakers are considered to be and we consider ourselves to be one of the traditional Peace Churches. We believe that there is that of God in everyone and that therefore it is and always will be wrong to kill others. The worldwide Quaker tradition of peace has evolved over three hundred and fifty years, and the peace testimonies remain a guide and inspiration for activism to the present day.


Past work

Mainstreaming Conflict Prevention (2007 – 2008)

This work is fully described on our Economic Justice pages.


Peace Tax (2003-2011)

QCEA seeks the establishment of a legal right to conscientious objection to the use of our tax money for military pusposes. We have produced a series of briefing papers addressing this subject.


Online European Peace Directory (2006 to 2011)

In 2006, QCEA compiled a directory of national and international organisations working on peacebuilding.  This was published on the old QCEA website, but could not be moved to the new site. The details in the Peace Directory are still available for download.


European Parliament Intergroup for Peace Initiatives (2004 to 2009)

At the request of a number of Members of the European Parliament in 2004, QCEA provided the secretariat for this group which existed until the end of that Parliament.


Current Work

Peacebuilding and the EU

QCEA has been working extensively on the role of the EU in peacebuilding worldwide. Much of this work is done with others through the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office; QCEA has been particularly involved in the programme areas relating to Peacebuilding and the EU Institutions and Funding for Peace


What drives EU Foreign Policy?

One of the important questions in identifying the rationale behind European Union action as ‘a global player’ is: what drives EU Foreign Policy? This is a complex question because EU Foreign Policy is an area where the EU acts on an intergovernmental basis, but which is also affected by policy areas such as Trade, External Relations, Energy, Migration and Asylum, Agriculture, Fisheries, Development Assistance and Humanitarian Aid, where the EU acts at EU level.