The World Peace Foundation was created in 1910 by the imagination and fortune of Edwin Ginn, the Boston publisher, to encourage international peace and cooperation. The Foundation seeks to advance the cause of world peace though study, analysis, and the advocacy of wise action. As an operating, not a grant-giving foundation, it provides financial support only for projects which it has initiated itself.
Edwin Ginn shared the hope of many of his contemporaries that permanent peace could be achieved. That dream was denied by the outbreak of World War I, but the Foundation has continued to attempt to overcome obstacles to international peace and co-operation, drawing for its funding on the endowment bequeathed by the founder. In its early years, the Foundation focused its attention on building the peace-keeping capacity of the League of Nations , and then on the development of world order through the United Nations. The Foundation established and nurtured the premier scholarly journal in its field, International Organization, now in its fifty-second year.
From the 1950s to the early 1990s, mostly a period of bipolar conflict when universal collective security remained unattainable, the Foundation concentrated its activities on improving the working of world order mechanisms, regional security, transnational relations, and the impact of public opinion on American foreign policy. From 1980 to 1993, the Foundation published nineteen books and seven reports