Paul Chappell at SGI in Washington, DC

On September 16, 2014, NAPF Peace Leadership Director Paul K. Chappell spoke at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of Soka Gakkai International as part of the SGI-USA Culture of Peace Distinguished Speakers Series. An international audience of over 200 people heard Paul Chappell discuss why peace is possible, the anatomy of violence, the evidence that humanity is not naturally violent but naturally peaceful, and the power of waging peace.

Before the lecture, Chappell met with SGI student division members for a youth dialogue. Most were Japanese exchange students who attend George Mason University and peppered Chappell with questions on current world issues. He also explored with them the global search, among all people, for purpose, meaning, and belonging.