99% of the time - i don't start wars. Just lucky perhaps, yet the AI enjoys declaring them on me. When my war machine gets fully crunk and enemy planets are captured (sometimes as many as 3 in a given turn) I often try for a Peace Deal when I've pushed out far enough to start reorganizing the empire. Funnily enough, opponents flat refuse to discuss Peace and seem totally bent on maintaining a war they are not winning. Reckon this is because my Mil rating is not as high as theirs?