David Krieger was a leader in the global movement to abolish nuclear weapons and build a more peaceful world. He was a founder of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and served as President of the Foundation from 1982 till 2019, and more recently as President Emeritus.

Dr. Krieger was a founder and a member of the Global Council of Abolition 2000, a global network of over 2000 organizations and municipalities committed to the total elimination of nuclear weapons. He was the chair of the Executive Committee of the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility. He also served as vice-chair of the Middle Powers Initiative and as chair of its Executive Committee. He was a Councilor on the World Future Council, which seeks to be a voice for future generations, and he served as cochair of the Council’s Peace and Disarmament Commission.

Under Dr. Krieger’s leadership, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation has initiated many innovative and important projects for building peace, strengthening international law, abolishing nuclear weapons and empowering new peace leaders. He has lectured throughout the United States, Europe and Asia on issues of peace, security, international law, and the abolition of nuclear weapons. He has received many awards for his work for a more peaceful and nuclear weapons-free world. He has been interviewed on CNN, MSNBC, BBC and many other national and international television and radio shows. He is the author of many books and studies of peace in the Nuclear Age. He has written or edited more than 20 books. He has also written hundreds of articles and book chapters. His articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, National Catholic Reporter, Yes! Magazine, Truthout, Common Dreams, and Counterpunch.

His chapter on “Creating a World without Nuclear Weapons” is included in Dream of a Nation, Inspiring Ideas for a Better America. Dr. Krieger’s latest book is ZERO: The Case for Nuclear Weapons Abolition (2013). Other books he has written or edited are: The Path to Zero: Dialogues on Nuclear Dangers (with Richard Falk, 2012); Never Enough Flowers: The Poetry of Peace II (2012); Speaking of Peace: Quotations to Inspire Action (2011); God’s Tears; Reflections on the Atomic Bombs Dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (2010), published in Japanese and English; The Challenge of Abolishing Nuclear Weapons (2009); At the Nuclear Precipice: Catastrophe or Transformation? (with Richard Falk, 2008); The Doves Flew High (2007); Joseph Rotblat – Visionary for Peace (with Reiner Braun, et al, 2007); Today Is Not a Good Day for War (2005); Hold Hope, Wage Peace (2005); Einstein – Peace Now! (with Reiner Braun, 2005); Peace 100 Ideas (with Josh Chen, 2003); Hope in a Dark Time, Reflections on Humanity’s Future (2003); The Poetry of Peace (2003); Choose Hope, Your Role in Waging Peace in the Nuclear Age (with Daisaku Ikeda, 2002), published in Japanese and English; A Maginot Line in the Sky; International Perspectives on Ballistic Missile Defense (with Carah Ong, 2001), published in Japanese and English; Nuclear Weapons and the World Court (with Ved Nanda, 1998); Waging Peace II, Vision and Hope for the 21st Century (with Frank K. Kelly, 1992); Waging Peace in the Nuclear Age, Ideas for Action (with Frank K. Kelly, 1988); Disarmament and Development: The Challenge of the International Control and Management of Dual-Purpose Technologies (1981); and The Tides of Change, Peace, Pollution and Potential of the Oceans (with Elisabeth Mann Borgese, 1975).

Dr. Krieger was the recipient of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences Award for Saving Life on Earth (2012); the Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions’ Earth Charter Award for Democracy, Nonviolence and Peace (2011); OMNI Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology Peace Writing Award for Poetry (2010); the Golden Dove Award (2009); Occidental College Alumnus of the Year (2008); the PeaceWriting Award for Poetry of the Peace and Justice Studies Association and OMNI Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology (2007); the Freedom from War Peace Leadership Award (2006); Global Green’s Millennium Award for International Environmental Leadership (2005); the PeaceWriting Award for Poetry of the Peace and Justice Studies Association and OMNI Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology (2005); the Peace Educator of the Year Award of the Consortium of Peace Research, Education and Development (2001); the Gakudo Peace Award of the Ozaki Yukio Memorial Foundation (2001); Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Peace Award (2000); Peace Award of the International Journal of Humanities and Peace (2000); Soka Gakkai International Peace and Culture Award (1997); Soka University Award of Highest Honor (1997); Peace Award of the War and Peace Foundation (1996); Big Canvas Award of Santa Barbara Magazine (1996); and the Bronze Medal of the Hungarian Engineers for Peace (1995). He served on the Advisory Councils of many peace and justice organizations, including Free the Children International (Toronto), the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation (London), the Right Livelihood Foundation (Sweden), the International Council of the Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide (Israel), the International Institute for Peace (Vienna), Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence (Virginia), Mayors for Peace (Hiroshima), the Peace Resources Cooperative (Yokohama), the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research (Sweden), the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy (New York), the Foundation for Conscious Evolution (Santa Barbara), and Peace Media (peacejournalism.com). He was a member of the Club of Rome, the Committee of 100 for Tibet, and a Fellow of the World Business Academy.

Dr. Krieger served as Panel Chair of the Citizens’ Hearing on the Legality of U.S. Actions in Iraq, held in Tacoma, Washington in 2007, and as a member of the Jury of Conscience of the World Tribunal on Iraq, held in Istanbul in 2005. In his early career he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii and San Francisco State University. He worked at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions on issues of international law, ocean governance, nuclear terrorism and disarmament; and at the Foundation for Reshaping the International Order (RIO Foundation) in the Netherlands on the effects of dual-purpose technologies on disarmament, development and the environment. He had a BA in Psychology from Occidental College and held MA and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from the University of Hawaii as well as a J.D. from the Santa Barbara College of Law.

Dr. Krieger served for 20 years as a judge pro term for the Santa Barbara Municipal and Superior Courts. He was married and has three children. His interests include tennis, hiking and poetry.

For information about the 36th Annual Evening for Peace, honoring David Krieger, please see HERE.