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George A. LopezGeorge A. Lopez

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, Professor of Peace Studies Emeritus
Professor of Political Science Emeritus
(PhD, Syracuse University, 1975)
332 Hesburgh Center

Geographic focus: Latin America; global

Thematic interests: Economic sanctions; human rights; conflict resolution.

Current research: Multilateral economic sanctions; state terrorism and gross violations of human rights; and peace research and studies.

Selected publications:

  • “In Defense of Smart Sanctions,” Ethics & International Affairs 26, 1 (2012)

  • “Sanctions as Alternatives to War,” in Christopher J. Coyne and Rachel L. Mathers, eds., The Handbook on the Political Economy of War (Edward Elgar, 2011)

  • Editor and contributor, Putting Teeth in the Tiger: Improving the Effectiveness of Arms Embargoes, with Michael Brzoska (Emerald Press, 2009)

  • Coeditor, Uniting Against Terror, with David Cortright (MIT Press, 2007)

  • Articles in Chitty's Law Journal, Human Rights Quarterly, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, International Studies Quarterly, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The International Journal of Human Rights, the Journal of International Affairs, The Annals and The Journal of Peace Research

Government Service:

  • Vice-President and Director, Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, United States Institute of Peace (2013-2015)

  • Senior Jennings Randolph Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (2009–10)

  • United Nations Panel of Experts for monitoring and implementing UN Sanctions on North Korea (October 2010–mid July 2011)

Selected videos:




Ford Program

Varieties of Democracy

Latin American/North America Church Concerns

Notre Dame Award

Kellogg Faculty Fellows

Visiting Fellows Program

Faculty Research

Working Groups

Undergraduate Student Programs

Graduate Student Programs

International Development Studies Minor

Latin American Studies Minor

Institute Publications

Working Papers

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