George A. Lopez, U. of Notre Dame Professor, Appointed VP of USIP Academy

George Lopez portraitThe U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) announced on August 16  that Dr. George A. Lopez, of the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute has been appointed Vice President of the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding.  He succeeds Pamela Aall, who founded the Academy and is now a senior adviser at USIP.

Lopez has been important supporter of the work of community colleges and peacebuilding.  He is the author of “Challenges of Building Peace Studies in the Early Twenty-First Century,” which is found in Peacebuilding in Community Colleges: A Teaching Resource, edited by David J. Smith and published by USIP Press in June 2013.   He has worked closely with a number of community colleges including Richland College and Valencia College.  A number of community colleges have attended the summer institute on peace studies he has coordinated at the University of Notre Dame.

Below is a portion of the press release issued by USIP.


George A. Lopez, long-time professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and a sought-after expert on international economic sanctions, has been named vice president of the U.S. Institute of Peace’s Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, the Institute announced today.

“George Lopez has been a leader in developing the peace studies field for more than 30 years,” said USIP President Jim Marshall in announcing the appointment.  “George is a first-class academician and a respected writer and lecturer.  Congressional committees, the State Department, the National Security Council, the U.N., and foreign governments from Canada to Japan have all sought his counsel.  We are extremely pleased George will be joining the U.S. Institute of Peace, and are confident that, under his leadership, the Academy will become the premiere facility for conflict management training in the world.”

Currently the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Chair in Peace Studies, Lopez has held various positions with the Kroc Institute, including as acting director. He has also been a member of Notre Dame’s political science department for nearly 30 years. Prior to Notre Dame, Lopez held several academic posts at Earlham College in Rochester, Indiana. His 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.  Since 1992, he has written or co-written more than 25 articles and book chapters, as well as five books, on economic sanctions.

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