David Cortright

David Cortright

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Director of Policy Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Office: 336 Hesburgh Center
Phone: 574-631-8536
Email: dcortrig@nd.edu

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Nonviolent social change, nuclear disarmament, the use of multilateral sanctions and incentives as tools of international peacemaking, nonviolent social change

A veteran scholar and peace activist, Cortright writes and speaks on nuclear disarmament, the Iraq War, economic sanctions and nonmilitary strategies for defeating terrorism. He has served as consultant or adviser to the United Nations, international think tanks, and the foreign ministries of numerous countries. As a soldier in Vietnam, he spoke out for peace and organized demonstrations among fellow soldiers against the war. He later served as executive director of SANE, the Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy. He is the author or editor of 16 books, including “Peace: A History of Movements and Ideas,” “Uniting Against Terror: Cooperative Nonmilitary Responses to the Global Terrorist Threat” and “Gandhi and Beyond: Nonviolence in an Age of Terrorism.” He has taught at Notre Dame since 1989.


Cortright explains how to help students integrate the academic study of peace with ‘peace action,’ or activism. From the 2011 Summer Institute for Faculty.

A public panel discussion about recent events in the Middle East and examined the implications for nonviolent social change and the realignment of political dynamics in the region.

Cortright discusses "Afghan Women Speak: Enhancing Security and Human Rights in Afghanistan.

50th Anniversary of the Peace Symbol, David Cortright.


Diplomacy, not more arms, needed in Iraq
Excluding Iran from Syria peace talks ‘huge diplomatic mistake’
Diplomacy is on the rise
ND Experts urge caution in Syria
A bold proposal to save Egypt
Strategy for moving forward is most important factor in Afghanistan withdrawal
Time for plan B in Libya
International condemnation will help topple Libya’s Gaddafi
Nonviolence key to successful revolution
No need to panic over N. Korea uranium enrichment
South Korea and U.S. need to keep their powder dry
Iran sanctions won’t halt development of weapons
U.S. should support Iranian nuclear swap
Strong sanctions needed against North Korea
Obama’s speech a sign of hope for world without nuclear weapons
Sanctions experts urge direct talks with North Koreans
Five years later: Reflections on the 9/11 attacks


ScreenPeace Film Festival begins Feb. 6
Kroc Institute panel to address crisis in Syria
Kroc Institute leads effort to examine ethical and legal dimensions of drone warfare
Kroc Institute publishes updated research on women in Afghanistan
New book outlines responsible strategy for ending war in Afghanistan
Cortright to testify at Congressional hearing on women in Afghanistan
Notre Dame’s peace institute responds to tumult in the Middle East
New research report on women and security in Afghanistan
Nuclear policy experts chart path toward global zero
Kroc Institute launches Peace Policy journal
Cortright named policy director at Kroc Institute
Book traces religious and intellectual roots of peace
New nuclear world order: Kroc scholar says threat is peaking, again
New book calls for bold new response to terrorism
Counter-terrorism experts respond to annual State Department report
U.N. secretary-general endorses Kroc Institute work on sanctions
“Smart sanctions” experts to lead symposium for U.N. Security Council
Kroc Institute’s Cortright to speak on U.S. withdrawal from Iraq in C-SPAN discussion
Iraqi sanctions worked, Kroc scholars report in Foreign Affairs


Catholic News Service — Upcoming U.N. talks to abolish nuclear weapons face uncertain future
CNBC — Trump, Cruz are wrong on terrorism
The Huffington Post — In the Wake of ISIS Terror: Mourning, Lament, Discernment
Fox News — French airstrikes may only make ISIS stronger
Christian Post — US Military Action Has Never Brought Peace to the Middle East and It Won’t Now
The Huffington Post — Why the Iran Deal Is a Good Option — and a Christian One
Fox News — Iran: US, world powers have delivered a good deal worth supporting
Catholic News — Lessons from Vietnam War: When will they ever learn?
Times of Israel — Mideast arms sales surging to record $18b in 2015, with Saudis in lead
Associated Press — Saudi Arabia becomes world’s biggest defense importer
UPI — Saudi Arabia becomes top arms importer in world, surpasses India
Associated Press — Malala’s improbable journey to Nobel Peace Prize
The New York Times — Paying Respects, Pentagon Revives Vietnam, and War Over Truth
Bloomberg — Obama Courting Iran for Help in Iraq Risks Backlash
The Christian Science Monitor — New Russia sanctions: Who’s calling the shots, the US or Europe?
Associated Press — Iran’s Heavyweight Absence Hangs Over Syria Talks
Bloomberg Businessweek — Ukraine Army Decay Checks Egypt-Like Option as Rift Grows
The Christian Science Monitor — Syria: What – and who – it will take to end the war
The Christian Science Monitor — To get a deal with Iran, US must suspend – not increase – sanctions
NBC — Iran: ‘Good and constructive’ atmosphere at nuclear summit in Geneva
Bloomberg — Iran’s Nuclear Detente Tested at Geneva Talks With World Powers
CNN — U.S., Iran signal snail-paced diplomacy on nuclear standoff
McClatchy News Service — Obama opens door to direct diplomacy with Iran
Associated Press — Global attention shifts to talks over Iran, with ‘diplomacy in the air’
National Catholic Reporter — U.S. bishop on Syria: Dialogue is ‘only option’
Gulf News — Diplomacy still the best option in Syria
Associated Press — Best way for Obama to help Syria is with aid and diplomacy – not weapons
The Daily Star — Some ideas to advance an Afghanistan peace process
Time — Yesterday: Iraq. Tomorrow: Iran?
WBUR — Afghan Women Face Precarious Future
Bloomberg — Most Afghan Insider Attacks Aren’t Taliban, Pentagon Says
Bloomberg — Afghan Insider Attacks Complicate Obama’s Handover Plans
The Daily Star — For Afghanistan to develop, the war there must end
Arab News — Peace prerequisite for Afghan development
The Daily Beast — Iraq War Sanctions Run Amok: Shakir Hamoodi’s Story
UPI — Obama: Afghan troop reduction ‘at a steady pace’
UPI — U.S.-Afghan security pact finalized
Associated Press — US Army sergeant kills 16 in Afghan villages
TIME.com — Battlefield Stress Could Have Triggered Afghan Massacre
Boston Globe — Killings threaten Afghan mission
Bloomberg — Soldier’s Killing Spree Threatens to Erode Support for Afghanistan Mission
Huffington Post — No Time to Abandon Afghan Women
The Christian Science Monitor (op-ed) — Secretary Panetta, Afghanistan needs a peace settlement, not more war
Huffington Post (op-ed) — Our Commitment To Afghan Women
Huffington Post — Drones and the Democratization of Destruction
CNN — The prospect of global drone warfare
PBS News Hour — Does U.S. Drone Use Set a New Precedent for War?
CNN — What do Kabul attacks signal in the fight for Afghanistan’s future?
National Catholic Reporter — Ten years to ponder our losses
U.S. News and World Report — 7 Challenges for Post-Qadhafi Libya
CNN — A major win for Obama’s Libya policy
CBS News — Some Sept. 11 families became peace activists
ABC News — Some Sept. 11 families became peace activists
The Washington Post — Some Sept. 11 families became peace activists
The Wall Street Journal — Some Sept. 11 families became peace activists
Forbes — Some Sept. 11 families became peace activists
Miami Herald — Some Sept. 11 families became peace activists
Huffington Post — Some Sept. 11 families became peace activists
MSNBC — The Dylan Ratigan Show
CNN — End the war and bring home the troops
U.S. News and World Report — Obama’s Tough Sell on Afghanistan
PBS/Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly — David Cortright: Killing Bin Laden
America — Ending Obama’s War
CNN.com — Opinion: Support women’s rights without war
Sojourners — Bin Laden’s Gone — Now Let’s End the War
Global Post — Opinion: Time for diplomacy in Libya
Inside Higher Ed (audio) — Intervention in Libya
Hindustan Times — Libyan economy buckles under law
PBS/Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly (op-ed) — Justice for Libya?
The Washington Post — Libyan economy struggles under weight of no-fly zone and blockade
Foreign Policy — Is a Libyan oil-for-food program on the way?
Commonweal (op-ed) — A Just War in Libya? Yes and No
Commonweal (op-ed) — Gandhi on the Nile: Civil Resistance in The Middle East
America — Libya: Questions After Coalition Assault
Chicago Public Radio/Worldview — A report on security and human rights for women in Afghanistan
MSNBC/The Dylan Ratigan Show — Unwinnable War? Getting out of Afghanistan
The New York Times (op-ed) — Should the U.S. Move Against Qaddafi? A Multilateral No-Flight Zone
Houston Chronicle — Dietrich Boenhoffer: A life of faith into action
Sojourners magazine (op-ed) — Finding the Way Out: Why It’s Time to End the War in Afghanistan
Los Angeles Times — Key lawmakers back no-fly zone over Libya as Obama hesitates
LeSea Broadcasting/The Harvest Show — International condemnation and Libya
McClatchy Newspapers — Despite reluctance, U.S. could be forced to act in Libya
Reuters — ANALYSIS – Libya no-fly zone option may gain ground
The Browser — David Cortright on Non-Military Solutions to Political Conflict
Reuters — Analysis: People’s revolutions don’t guarantee democracy
Global Post — Why Nonviolence is Working in Egypt
IPS — Afghan women demand liberation, not lip service
The Nation — A Practical Peace Advocate on Obama’s Nobel Speech
Radio New Zealand — Peace and tackling terrorism