Richmond, Oliver P. 2008. “Reclaiming Peace in International Relations.” Millenium: Journal of International Studies 36, no. 3: 439-470.
This text offers a strong, introductory overview of how the primary schools of International Relations conceptualize “peace”. Among the prominent visualizations of peace are that of Realism, where peace simply refers to brief interludes between conflicts driven self-interested states in an anarchical international system, and Liberalism, where the possibility for mutual cooperation and friendship between states exists but must be maintained through elite institutions of national and international governance. Overall, the article is an appropriate starting point for International Relations scholars to begin more closely examining the theoretical evolution of peace within the discipline.