Notre Dame ReSources

Author: Dennis Brown

The following Notre Dame faculty are available for additional comment on these people and events in the news:
p. Peace accord : The agreement reached last week between the Israelis and Palestinians is a “very small step in a very long journey,” says Notre Dame political scientist Alan Dowty . “At the rate that negotiations have proceeded over the last two years, it will take another two or three decades to resolve the remaining issues. These issues ? Palestinian statehood, borders, security arrangements, Jewish settlements, refugees, Jerusalem, water ? are supposed to be resolved, according to the original timetable, by next May. The chances of this happening are somewhere between nil and zilch. On the other hand, the agreement does keep the process moving, even if at a very slow pace, and it demonstrates that even a hawkish government in Israel is bound to it. It also puts Netanyahu in a good position for the next elections, despite the immediate political problems it causes for him on his right flank.” *Contact: Dennis Brown, 219-631-7367;

  • p. Pinochet I : The arrest of former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet for “crimes of genocide and terrorism that include murder” was perfectly appropriate and legal, according to Garth Meintjes , associate director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Notre Dame. “He was not covered by diplomatic immunity,” Meinjtes says. “The fact that his country issued him a diplomatic passport does not mean a host country must accept it. In addition, he was not involved in any diplomatic business at all; he was traveling for personal health reasons. The problem with this whole issue is, Chile feels it has dealt with it and does not want the international community to investigate any further. But that isn’t a decision for them to make. There is no doubt in my mind that the Spanish have the right to seek, investigate and prosecute Pinochet.” *Contact: Dennis Brown, 219-631-7367;
  • p. Pinochet II : A Notre Dame history professor and a native of Chile says the arrest of Pinochet is another indication that terrorists have few places to hide. “The signals are very, very clear that when it comes to human-rights violations and crimes against humanity, there are no national boundaries to protect you,” Ivan Jaksic , associate professor of history and a fellow in Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies, said in an interview with the South Bend Tribune. “The times of hiding behind your borders are over. When it comes to crimes against humanity you can be tried anywhere. What we are seeing more and more is that crimes against humanity are being taken seriously and things are being done about it. The institutional bases are finally in place for beginning to prosecute.” *Contact: Dennis Brown, 219-631-7367;
  • p. Pinochet III : The English language edition of a report on the human rights abuses in Chile during Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s reign is available to journalists from Notre Dame Press. Published in 1993, “The Report of the Committee on Truth and Reconciliation” provides a detailed account of some 3,000 extra-judicial killings and “disappearances” in Chile in the 1970s. The report was sponsored by the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Notre Dame and was published in English by the University’s press at the request of then-President Patricio Aylwin, who received an honorary degree from Notre Dame in 1992. Contact: James Langford, director of Notre Dame Press, (219) 631-6346. p. Constitutional law: Douglas W. Kmiec , professor of law at Notre Dame, has coauthored three new books on the American Constitution. Published this fall, each book provides an appraisal of modern constitutional development from historical and natural law perspectives. Kmiec and Stephen B. Presser, Raoul Berger Professor of Legal History at Northwestern University, completed work on the three books this past summer after several years of collaboration. They are intended for law as well as graduate and senior undergraduate programs in government, public policy, and political science. *Contact: Dennis Brown, 219-631-7367;
  • p. Campus alcoholism : Recent campus disorders related to alcohol abuse make it all the more incumbent on college and university presidents to take a leadership role in “fostering an improved campus climate with regard to alcohol use,” Notre Dame’s president, Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C. , writes in the fall issue of The Presidency, a new magazine published by the American Council on Education for leaders in higher education. Father Malloy suggests that “while educational programs related to alcohol abuse are necessary first steps, they need to be integrated into a more comprehensive effort” that includes a thorough review of campus alcohol policies and an open dialogue with students and faculty with the aim of changing practices and traditions of drinking on campus. “The problems of binge drinking and widespread alcohol abuse will not soon disappear from our campuses,” Father Malloy writes. “But with thoughtful presidential leadership, we can creatively engage our communities to prevent those forms of alcohol-induced conduct that violate our sense of peace and security and that make us passive contributors to the degradation of student lives.” *Contact: Dennis Brown, 219-631-7367;
  • p. Brazil : A Notre Dame anthropologist from Brazil is pleased with the reelection of the country’s president, Fernando Henrique Cardoso. “I’m very happy with the result because I think the reelection of the president reveals a political wisdom on the part of the Brazilian people,” says Roberto A. DaMatta , Edmund P. Joyce Professor of Anthropology. “He is not only a very well prepared and qualified political leader, but he also has led Brazil in a very ethical way. He has created a good marriage between the state and the society. The Latin American tradition always has included disharmony between the state government and the people. It is important for the government to recognize that it cannot be that way. Cardoso has shown tremendous discernment in seeing this. He has been producing a dialogue in a most effective way and has been a fantastic mediator between the two sides of Brazilian political life.” *Contact: Dennis Brown, 219-631-7367;

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