'The World of Peacebuilding' with George Lopez and Notre Dame Club of San Diego

'The World of Peacebuilding' with George Lopez and Notre Dame Club of San Diego

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Date and Time

  • Wednesday, December 14, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Institute for Peace & Justice, Rooms A/B

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Co-sponsored by the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, the Notre Dame Club of San Diego will host the annual Hesburgh Lecture on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (KIPJ) at the southwest corner of the University of San Diego campus.  

Professor George Lopez, chair of the Peace Studies Program at the Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies at the Univeristy of Notre Dame, will deliver a presentation entitled ”The New World of Peacebuilding.”  

The presentation will explain how a new transnational coalition of citizens and groups has been engaged in multiple activities in an effort to rebuild war-torn societies. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers at the conclusion of the lecture.

Admission is free and open to all members of the public (no affiliation with Notre Dame is required). Appetizers and beverages will be served starting at 6:30 p.m., and the Hesburgh Lecture will begin at approximately 7:15 p.m.  

If you are able to attend, please RSVP to Kevin Reisch at (619) 992-6315 or hesburgh@ndsandiego.org so the correct amount of appetizers and beverages can be ordered. Please indicate the number of attendees and their names.

Event Details

Wednesday, December 14 (appetizers and beverages at 6:30 p.m., lecture at 7:15 p.m.)

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (KIPJ) Rooms AB at the University of San Diego

RSVP and for further information contact Kevin Reisch at (619) 992-6315 or hesburgh@ndsandiego.org



George A. Lopez
The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Professor of Peace Studies
Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame

George A. Lopez (PhD, Syracuse University, 1975) holds the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Chair in Peace Studies. Lopez's research interests focus primarily on the problems of state violence, especially economic sanctions, gross violations of human rights, and ethics and the use of force. His work has been published in a wide range of social science and policy journals.

Working with David Cortright since 1992, he has written more than 25 articles and book chapters, as well as five books, on economic sanctions, includingThe Sanctions Decade: Assessing U.N. Strategies in the 1990s. With Cortright and Alistair Millar, Lopez wrote "Winning without War: Sensible Security Options for Dealing with Iraq" in October 2002. This policy brief was called the most influential document for those favoring an alternative to war with Iraq. Lopez and Cortright’s research detailing the unlikely presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq appeared before the war in “Disarming Iraq” in Arms Control Today (Sept. 2002) and then further articulated after the war in “Containing Iraq: the Sanctions Worked” in Foreign Affairs (July/August, 2004). Some of this work was highlighted in the 2006 Notre Dame Magazine article"Global Warning." Links to extensive research on economic sanctions are available on the Sanctions & Security Research Program website. 

Lopez has served in an advisory capacity to a number of foundations and organizations. From 1988 through 1998, he chaired the Selection Committee of the Research and Writing Grants Committee of the MacArthur Foundation’s Program in Peace and International Cooperation. From May - December 1997, he served as Interim Executive Director of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and chaired its Board of Directors until June 2003. From 2001-02 he was a senior research associate at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs in New York City. He served as a Senior Jennings Randolph Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., for 2009-10. From October, 2010 until mid July, 2011, he served on the United Nations Panel of Experts for monitoring and implementing UN Sanctions on North Korea. 

Lopez is the recipient of a number of teaching awards at Notre Dame. He has served as director of the Kroc Institute’s Summer Institute on Teaching Peace in the 21st century since its inception.


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