The Hampshire-based Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS) was a multidisciplinary educational program designed to stimulate student and faculty interest in the study of critical international issues, especially those connecting issues of conflict and the environment.
Since its inception in 1983, the aim of the PAWSS program had been to enhance faculty and student awareness of critical peace and security issues, and to facilitate the examination of these issues in the college classroom.
Pursuing the study of peace and world security studies at Hampshire allowed for a wide range of self-designed concentrations--for example, an analysis of the relationship between militarization, economic development, and human rights in a particular region, or an investigation into traditional and innovative strategies for peacemaking and conflict resolution.
PAWSS was a highly diversified program entailing the development of new courses, the sponsorship of public lectures and symposia, and the publication of specialized resource materials.
The Director of PAWSS was Michael Klare, the Five College Professor Emeritus of Peace and World Security Studies, based at Hampshire College