David Cortright

Keough School of Global Affairs

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O111 Hesburgh Center For International Studies
Notre Dame, IN 46556
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Director of the Global Policy Initiative; Special Advisor for Policy Studies; Professor Emeritus of the Practice

  • Nonviolent social change
  • Nuclear disarmament
  • The use of multilateral sanctions and incentives as tools of international peacemaking

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US strikes on Houthis risk triggering wider Middle East war

David Cortright, a professor emeritus at the University of Notre Dame’s global policy school, said in an email to The Hill the strikes “contradict the recent message” from Secretary of State Antony Blinken to avoid widening the Middle East conflict. “The use of force to defend ships under attack in the Gulf may be justifiable,” he wrote, “but it is not clear that strikes on targets in Yemen qualify as self-defense or meet the requirement of military necessity.”

Tens of thousands have joined pro-Palestinian protests across the United States. Experts say they are growing

If the Palestinian solidarity demonstrations have seemed “relatively modest” so far, University of Notre Dame professor David Cortright said that it also took time for the Iraq War “protests to emerge on a large scale in the U.S.”

Legacy of Iraq War Protests

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The Peace History Society hosted a discussion on antiwar protests during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. This event took place at Gwynedd Mercy University in Pennsylvania. Our four panelists are first David Cortright, professor emeritus at the University of Notre Dame and the former director of policy studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

5 major risks looming over Israel’s ground offensive

David Cortright, professor emeritus at the University of Notre Dame’s global affairs school, said fighting in Gaza carries an immense risk for Israel’s standing, suggesting they should instead “convene an international tribunal to bring to justice” those responsible in Hamas for attacking Israel, while seeking a political solution with the Palestinian people.

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Talk World Radio: David Cortright on Peace Activism Against the Iraq War

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This week on Talk World Radio we look back on the peace movement against the war in Iraq, or its phase that began 20 years ago. Our host, David Cortright, is Professor Emeritus and Special Advisor for Policy Studies at the Keough School of Global Affairs and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

‘Oppenheimer’ Gives Catholics Opportunity To Explain Injustice Of Nuclear Weapons

“I think it’s been evolving in this direction — through the Atomic Age from Paul VI onward — that the church sees exactly this ominous reality of nuclear weapons, and that they are, by their very nature, indiscriminate instruments of mass annihilation,” David Cortright, professor emeritus at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies in Indiana, told OSV News.

What are the peace plans for Ukraine? The Vatican, China and Ukraine itself have ideas. Will any work?

Still, retired peace studies professor David Cortright said that it's time for Ukraine and Russia to do more talking about how to end the war even if they don't trust each other, or the mediators involved.

The Movement and the "Madman"

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David Cortright, Professor Emeritus from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, is featured in the documentary film "The Movement and the 'Madman'" as part of the PBS series "American Experience."

Dissent Magazine

The Purpose of Sanctions

David Cortright is Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

Are sanctions actually nonviolent?

David Cortright, a scholar at the University of Notre Dame and the co-author of The Sanctions Decade: Assessing UN Strategies in the 1990s, told Sojourners that these sanctions are “probably the most severe sanctions that have ever been imposed” on Russia “in terms of the sweep of the restrictions and the amount of money that’s locked down.”

For isolated Russia, replacing key imports an uphill battle

Across sectors, things will get worse as more and more foreign companies flee Russia, said David Cortright, director of the Global Policy Initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

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The aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk crossed to the Atlantic after a brief call at Punta Arenas

“The fighting spread rapidly throughout the ship, with bands of Blacks and Whites marauding through the decks and attacking each other with fists, chains, wrenches, and pipes,” according to David Cortright, now with the Kroc Institute at the University of Notre Dame.

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Seizing Russian superyachts is easier said than done

“I’ve been studying sanctions for some decades and we see frequently that the assets of the troublemakers are frozen. They’re locked down, they can’t use them, they can’t get access to dollars or to credit or hard currencies, but the idea of actually seizing assets, this is pretty unprecedented,” said David Cortright, director of the Global Policy Initiative at the University of Notre Dame.

Global powers need to take a crucial step before sanctions will work

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Sanctions stand a better chance of working if they're enforced by multiple countries. (Video featuring David Cortright, Director of the Global Policy Initiative, University of Notre Dame.)

The Conversation

US-EU sanctions will pummel the Russian economy – two experts explain why they are likely to stick and sting

David Cortright is affiliated with Win Without War. George A. Lopez is a Non-Resident Fellow with the Quincy Institute, Washington, D.C., and a U.S. Fulbright Senior Specialist in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies, 2018-2023.

Russia-Ukraine crisis: Can US sanctions sway Putin’s thinking?

They’ve targeted oligarchs and organisations close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. But they have so far failed to deter Putin from “continuing to stir up trouble over Ukraine,” said David Cortright, director of the Global Policy Initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute.

The U.S. warns Russia it faces sanctions if it invades Ukraine. Do sanctions work?

NPR's Rachel Martin discusses the potential effectiveness of new U.S. sanctions on Russia with David Cortright, director of the Global Policy Initiative at Notre Dame's Keough School of Global Affairs.

Why Biden’s threat to sanction Russia probably won’t deter Putin in Ukraine

Written by David Cortright, Keough School of Global Affairs.

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US retreat from Iraq: Will France and Europe etc fill in the vacuum?

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David Cortright discusses the future of Iraq.

The Conversation

To end war in Afghanistan, Taliban demand Afghan president’s removal

Madhav Joshi is associate director of the PAM project, which has the mandate to monitor the 2016 Colombian Final Agreement and is partly funded by the US State Department, the European Union, the Humanity United, and the UN's Multi-Partner Trust Fund. David Cortright has raised funds from the US State Department for the Kroc Institute project monitoring the Colombia peace agreement. He is active with the NGO Win Without War, which conducts policy advocacy on progressive foreign policy issues.

Experts: U.S. pullout plan in Afghanistan does not address civilians' needs

"The U.S. policy has had diminishing returns and has not been able to achieve any significant goal over the last decade or more. The goal was to create a more secure, stable Afghanistan and that certainly has not happened," said David Cortright, director of the Global Policy Initiative at the University of Notre Dame's Keough School of Global Affairs.