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A peace activist is a political activist who advocates for a peaceful resolution of political disputes. Peace activists are part of the peace movement.

Dr. Lawrence S. Wittner questioned the role played by peace activists in preventing wars in a paper where he stated that "rather than peace activism putting an end to war, war puts an end to peace activism".

The Cold War threat of nuclear proliferation was a strong inspiration to many peace activists in recent times; it spawned the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

Peace activism was common during the Vietnam War. Anti-War protests proliferated throughout the United Statesmarker. These protests involved marches and popular musicians of the time such as Arlo Guthrie and Joan Baez.

There has been a resurgence of peace activism during recent wars in the Middle East including Operation Iraqi Freedom and War in Afghanistan.

There are significant nexuses among peace activist groups, environmental campaigners and the direct action movement.

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