Notre Dame ReSources

Author: Dennis Brown & Kristen D'Arcy

May 10, 2001

Missile defense : “Some form of missile defense is nearly inevitable,” says Notre Dame political scientist Daniel A. Lindley . "Although defenses do not work now and will never be perfect, most technological hurdles will eventually be overcome. Problems such as decoys and multiple warheads will be greatly reduced once we focus more heavily on boost-phase defenses (the intercept of a missile in the early stage of flight). Boost-phase defenses make it easier to spread the “defensive umbrella,” and sharing defenses should go a long way towards mitigating other states’ objections." He adds: “It is noteworthy that the reaction worldwide has been muted. Russia wants to talk, India was encouraging, Europe did not go ballistic. The sky is not falling.” Professor Lindley can be reached at (219) 631-3226 or

Nuclear crossroads : “South Asia at the Nuclear Crossroads,” a new study sponsored in part by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame, examines the threat posed by nuclear weapons proliferation in South Asia. Coauthored by David Cortright , a visiting fellow in the Kroc Institute, and Samina Ahmed, a research fellow in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, “South Asia at the Nuclear Crossroads” urges policymakers to employ a more effective use of economic sanctions and incentives to curtail nuclear proliferation and defuse tension between India and Pakistan. Cosponsored by the Kroc Institute, the Managing Atom Project at the Belfer Center and the Fourth Freedom Forum in Goshen, Ind., the study analyzes attempts by the United States to contain nuclear danger through the use of sanctions and incentives. The authors assess the limitations of past strategies and offer suggestions for more refined and effective future actions. Among the study1s proposals is a “debt for disarmament” plan that would forgive Indian and Pakistani external debt obligations in exchange for concrete steps toward arms removal. Cortright and Ahmed hope the study “will be of value as the new U.S. administration reviews policy options toward nuclear proliferation in South Asia.” For more information, contact the Kroc Institute at (219) 631-6970. p. Han Chinese : Notre Dame anthropologist Susan D. Blum is the author of a new book that examines how Han Chinese in the southwest Chinese city of Kunming regard ethnic minorities and themselves. In “Portraits of ‘Primitives’: Ordering Human Kinds in the Chinese Nation,” published by Rowman and Littlefield, Blum argues that modernity is of great concern to the people of China. She examines trends involving ethnic minorities in the complex nation state, which imply that the group that ultimately achieves the most power remains the most modern. Blum also considers questions of identity in China, employing methods from linguistic and psychological anthropology, including interviews and observation, to obtain various forms of cultural analysis. Blum is an expert on anthropological theory, linguistic and cultural anthropology, food and culture, the self and the body, ethnicity and language, and Chinese identity and nationalism. Professor Blum can be reached at (219) 631-3762 or p. Business ethics : Success in business goes beyond the bottom line, says Carolyn Woo , Martin J. Gillen Dean of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. “Success is not what we achieve, but how we achieve,” says Woo, the University’s Ray and Milann Siegfried Professor of Management. “We want our students to find the dignity or soul of their profession and to care about the rules involved in it. Values are needed for the economy to run properly. One cannot succeed on a narrow view of self interest.” Dean Woo can be reached at (219) 631-7992 or p. Moby-Dick : On the 150th anniversary of its publication, Herman Melville’s classic novel “Moby-Dick” retains “lasting impact because it speaks with tremendous, often eccentric urgency, unflinching honesty and lyrical wonder about the deepest questions of human existence: Who are we? Is there a God? Why must we suffer? How ought we live?” says John Staud , the director of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education who teaches a comparative course on Shakespeare and Melville. “In Moby-Dick, we see Melville aspiring to write a novel that is both an American epic and tragedy. He at once celebrates America’s principles and condemns its shortcomings. Ultimately, it is also one of those books that rewards repeated readings. Once it grips the reader, it refuses to let go.” John Staud can be reached at (219) 631-7183 or

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