The field of peace studies has been actively growing for 50+ years, and an estimated 400 colleges and universities around the world now have peace studies programs. In the United States, peace studies developed alongside the civil rights movement, first focusing on local peace and later expanding to a more global scale. With more recent study around the causes and alleviation of structural injustice, the peace studies movement has come full circle, once again stressing the importance of local peace in order to achieve a global one.
Colleges and universities may be vehicles that move peace from a theoretical space to a local and global reality. This talk will examine how “The Academy” is poised to translate peace studies into community and global peace movements and raises questions about what may be needed and appropriate from institutions to do so.
George A. Lopez is the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. He is a leading expert on economic sanctions, peacebuilding, and various peace-related issues. He has served as the Vice President of the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, D.C. and also on the United Nations Panel of Experts for monitoring and implementing UN Sanctions on North Korea. He held a Senior Jennings Randolph Fellowship at the USIP from 2009-10. As a senior research associate at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs in New York City, he assisted with the Council’s post-9/11 public programming.
Since 1992, Lopez has advised the United Nations, various international agencies, and governments regarding sanctions issues, ranging from limiting their humanitarian impact to the design of targeted financial sanctions. He has written more than 40 articles and book chapters and authored or edited six books.