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Peace is normally thought of as a state of non-violence, or an absence of armed conflict. However, Johan Galtung, in introducing the concept of structural violence[1], has moved the idea of Peace towards being a state where there is neither violence nor a potential cause of violence in the form of oppression.

  1. Galtung, J. Violence, Peace and Peace Research in Journal of Peace Research Vol 6 no3. 1969