George A. Lopez

George Lopez

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The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies

Office: 332 Hesburgh Center
Phone: 574-631-1520

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Peace studies, economic sanctions, repression and human rights violations, ethics and the use of force

A prominent scholar and commentator on governmental repression, human rights violations, the ethics of the use of force and economic sanctions, Lopez is also an adviser to the U.N. Security Council, the European Union and numerous governments, foundations and organizations involved in human rights, international affairs and peace research. In September 2013, he became the vice president of the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding at United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. Now back with the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, of which he is a founding member, Lopez has served in an advisory capacity to a number of foundations and organizations, including the MacArthur Foundation’s Program in Peace and International Cooperation, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs and the United Nations Panel of Experts for monitoring and implementing U.N. Sanctions on North Korea. Working with David Cortright since 1992, he has written more than 25 articles and book chapters, as well as five books, on economic sanctions.


George A. Lopez discusses North Korea as an election year foreign policy challenge

George A. Lopez discusses election year foreign policy

“License to kill” in Syria

ND Expert: Iran Sanctions

Fighting for a Voice


ND Experts urge caution in Syria
Syria vetoes lead to ‘full gun assault’ by Assad
Sanctions on Syria will ‘bite hard’
Lopez says U.N. sanctions on Iran are strong
Sen. Lugar’s report on Cuba sanctions ‘right on the mark’
Kroc Institute’s Lopez praises Rice U.N. appointment


Lopez testifies on sanctions against Iran before national security subcommittee
Lopez installed as first Hesburgh Chair in Peace Studies


Fox News — North Korea reacts to UN’s stern message. What’s really going on?
Bloomberg — North Korea Fires Short-Range Projectiles After New UN Sanctions
USA Today — S. Korea: North fires projectiles into sea hours after U.N. Security Council approves sanctions
The Christian Science Monitor — Can Congress curb North Korea with sanctions, à la Iran?
USA Today — Here’s why North Korea sanctions won’t work
The Christian Science Monitor — Is Congress interfering on Iran – or just doing its job?
Bloomberg — Lack of Options on North Korea Presses China to Shift Policy
Los Angeles Times — Nelson Mandela helped popularize use of sanctions
PBS — Moral Questions on Syria Strikes
Bloomberg TV — Obama’s Next Move Regarding Syria
WBEZ — U.S. considers military action in Syria and empowering girls in Niger
NPR — Is It Possible The Syrian Rebels (Not Assad) Used Chemical Weapons?
MSNBC — How will the US respond on Syria?
Bloomberg Television — Obama’s Next Move Regarding Syria
Reuters — Syria chemical evidence fades as U.N. team under fire
Bloomberg — Russia’s Syria Missile Sale Signals Protracted Conflict
The New York Times — Europeans Say Lifting Syria Arms Embargo Puts Pressure on Russia
The New York Times — North Korea Tones Down Language, Giving Hope for Dialogue
The Christian Science Monitor — North Korea: What message will John Kerry take to Asia next week?
Bloomberg — U.S. Isn’t ‘Getting Too Jumpy’ on Kim Threats, Rice Says
The Christian Science Monitor — If North Korea tests missile, might US shoot it down?
Reuters — North Korean elite beating sanctions, one plasma TV at a time
NPR — Why North Korea Makes Everyone Nervous … Except Dennis Rodman
Bloomberg — U.S. Intelligence Chief ‘Very Concerned’ on North Korea
Bloomberg — U.S. Calls North Korean Threats Hyperbolic
NPR — How Credible Are North Korea’s Threats?
Reuters — Analysis: New sanctions on North Korea may be tougher, but impact in doubt
Reuters — Analysis: North Korea nuclear-test drama rehashes old script
The New York Times — Analysis: North Korea nuclear-test drama rehashes old script
The Christian Science Monitor — US sees signs that China is tiring of North Korea’s antics
CNN — For the U.N. and North Korea: Game On
Bloomberg — North Korea to Boost Nuclear Power After New UN Sanctions
CNN — What should U.S. do about North Korea launch?
CNN — N. Korea’s launch sparks worries about nukes, Iran and the Pacific
BBC World — Chemical Weapons in Syria
America — World Watches As Syria Suffers
Voice of America — US Cites Hezbollah Support for Assad in New Sanctions Announcement
San Francisco Chronicle — Assad Isolation Grows Amid Rebel Claims Syria PM Also Defected
San Francisco Chronicle — Syrian Prime Minister Hijab Defects, Opposition Leaders Say
Bloomberg — Assad Isolation Grows As Rebels Claim Syria PM Defected
CNN International — Syria & Chemical Weapons
Bloomberg Businessweek — Assad Grip Shaken by Bomb; UN Delays Action
Bloomberg Businessweek — Army Strain May Block Assad Repeating Father’s Blitz Nationwide
Bloomberg Businessweek — Russian UN Veto Shields Assad As Violence Rages In Syria
International Business Times — Russia Reported Backing Annan’s Unity Plan For Syria
Sydney Morning Herald — Syria peace plan hits a Russian roadblock
International Business Times — Russia Reported Backing Annan’s Unity Plan For Syria
Bloomberg — Russia Said to Endorse Replacing Assad in Turn From Ally
Bloomberg — Russia Must Drop Assad Before Talks, U.S. Official Says
Bloomberg Businessweek — Russia Must Drop Assad Before Talks, U.S. Official Says
NPR — Syria news update
The Daily Beast — Iraq War Sanctions Run Amok: Shakir Hamoodi’s Story
MSNBC (The Dylan Ratigan Show) — Will the US call Russias bluff on Syria? — The only glimmer of hope for Syria
CNN International — Syria and State Violence — U.S., Russia grapple for common ground on Syria transition
CNN International — Syria and Sanctions
CNN Anderson Cooper — Keeping Syria’s so-called ceasefire
The New York Times — Cease-Fire in Syria Exposes Heavy Price of Just Buying Time
CNN — Will Obama move thwart murderous regimes?
Reuters — Obama seeks to stop Syria, Iran tech assault on activists
The Christian Science Monitor — Bashar al-Assad may be beating Annan plan in Syria for now, but he won’t for long
FOX — UN computer shipment to North Korean regime violates US manufacturer’s ban — Syria’s al-Assad gaining strength under U.N. moves, experts say
Associated Press — Truce eroding as first UN monitors head to Syria
The New York Times — In North Korea Deal, Son Inherits Father’s Framework
Bloomberg — North Korea Agrees to Halt Nuclear Tests, Missile Launches Amid U.S. Talks
The Guardian — North Korea pledges to halt nuclear programme in exchange for US aid
CNN — Russia and China: Sabotaging UN with Vetoes
Bloomberg Businessweek — China’s UN Veto on Syria May Not Hurt Relations With Persian Gulf
Bloomberg Businessweek — Iran Anxiety No Match for Central Bankers Sedating Traders With Cheap Cash
Reuters — Russia UN veto on Syria aimed at crushing West’s crusade
CNN International — Syria violence and sanctions
The New York Times — At UN, pressure is on Russia for refusal to condemn Syria
Reuters — Analysis: Oil reports may offer Obama an out on Iran
Los Angeles Times — U.S., Europe choose risky strategy with sanctions on Iran
International Business Times — Iran Sanctions: Will They Work, or Will They Backfire? — Syrians Cope With Economic Crisis Amid Uprising
Huffington Post — So Much Worse Than Civil War
Reuters UK — Iran sanctions push is test for West diplomacy
Inter-Press Service — Syrian Leader Survives on Unrelenting Russian-Chinese Support
Businessweek — Syrian ministers face Arab travel ban
Associated Press — Syrian ministers face Arab travel ban
The Wall Street Journal — More Than 250 Children Among Dead, U.N. Says
The Washington Post — U.N. report documents Syria’s ‘gross violations of human rights’
The New York Times — Syria Calls Arab League Sanctions ‘Economic War’
The Christian Science Monitor — Why Obama sees time as ripe for overture to Burma regime
Businessweek — Syria’s Suspension From Arab League to Renew UN Sanctions Push
The New York Times — With Rare Double U.N. Veto on Syria, Russia and China Try to Shield Friend
Businessweek — Russia Defends Top Mideast Ally in Opposing UN Vote on Syria
MSNBC — China confirms visit from Gadhafi representatives
CBS — China confirms visit from Gadhafi representatives
CNBC — China confirms visit from Gadhafi representatives
The Journal (Ireland) — China confirms visit from Gadhafi representatives
Forbes — China confirms visit from Gadhafi representatives
MSN Money — China confirms visit from Gadhafi representatives
The Mainichi Daily News (Japan) — China confirms visit from Gadhafi representatives
Atlanta Journal Constitution — China confirms visit from Gadhafi representatives
San Jose Mercury News — China confirms visit from Gadhafi representatives
Huffington Post — Libya: Gaddafi Representatives Visited China To Buy Arms
San Francisco Chronicle — U.S. Said to Plan Request at UN of $1.5 Billion for Libya
Bloomberg — U.S. Said to Plan Release at UN of $1.5 Bln in Libyan Assets
Washington Examiner — Hispanics still wary of Obama over deportations
MSNBC — The Dylan Ratigan Show
NPR — Can New Sanctions Topple Assad’s Regime?
The Christian Science Monitor — Seize the sanctions moment in Syria
Bloomberg — U.S. May Call for Assad to Step Down Amid Violence in Syria, Official Says
San Francisco Chronicle — U.S. May Call for Assad to Step Down in Syria, Official Says
Businessweek — U.S. May Call for Assad to Step Down in Syria, Official Says
Businessweek — Assad Admits Mistakes as Criticism of Syrian Killings Grows
Bloomberg — Assad Admits to ‘Mistakes’ in Clampdown
San Francisco Chronicle — Assad Admits Mistakes as Criticism of Syrian Killings Grows
PBS Religion and Ethics — Peacemaking and Aid to Terrorists
The Wall Street Journal — U.N. Slaps Iran With New Curbs
Los Angeles Times — Iran is hit with new set of U.N. sanctions
BBC — Fourth Iran sanctions: Last resort or lost opportunity?
WBEZ - New Sanctions Agains Iran- Chicago Public Radio’s Worldview
World Politics Review — Iran Nuclear Standoff: The Fog of Sanctions
Huffington Post — With Sanctions Agains Iran, Congress Should Defer to the President
Huffington Post — Improving Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism