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70 dead in an attack in Pakistan. Dozens of civilians died after a drone attack in the Middle East. Hospitals in Aleppo bombed. Famine in war-torn South Sudan. Those who read the news get the impression that the world is sinking into war. Conflicts are complex, their solution is like a Herculean task. But the work is worth it, as sociologists, political scientists and natural scientists show who have dedicated themselves to peace research. They evaluate data from peace processes so that conflict parties find their way out of discord. For our title topic in the May issue of Bild der wissenschaft, we talked to peace researchers about their work and theses as well as links and book tips.