Dr. George Lopez

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Dr. George Lopez

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Chair in Peace Studies
University of Notre Dame

George Lopez holds the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Chair in Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Lopez’s research interests focus primarily on the problems of state violence, especially economic sanctions, violations of human rights, and ethics and the use of force. In September, 2013 he also became Vice-President of the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC.

Lopez provides input to the Index about how different political systems might influence a country’s ability to get ready for or bounce back from catastrophic events related to climate change. He provides advice on how different political regimes will be able to handle preparation for more chronic impacts from climate change such as food insecurity, increased disease, and water scarcity.

Lopez’s work has been published in a wide range of social science and policy journals. He has written more than 25 articles and book chapters, as well as five books, on economic sanctions, and in 2010-11 served on the UN Security Council Panel of Experts for Monitoring the Sanctions on North Korea.