Tomas Baum is the director of the Flemish Peace Institute. He studied philosophy, applied ethics and international politics. He studies the common characterizations of peace that comprise democratic, cultural, institutional and cosmopolitan elements. From this perspective he reflects not only on war and peace, but also on the relations between the local and the global, ideals and reality, morality and politics. Tomas also works as a facilitator in conflict transformation processes based on insights from participatory community building and theories of conflict resolution.