25 years of research, teaching, and strategic peacebuilding at Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
Created by krocinstitute on Aug 30, 2011
Last updated: 04/30/12 at 08:31 AM
Scott Appleby reflects on the Kroc Institute's past 25 years, shares vision for the future, and discusses how the Kroc Institute supports the mission of the University of Notre Dame.
The Kroc Institute observes its anniversary with “25 Years of Research, Teaching and Strategic Peacebuilding,” celebrating the work of faculty, students, and more than 1,000 alumni building peace around the world.
The Kroc Institute’s Rashied Omar, research scholar of Islamic studies and peacebuilding, takes center stage in a new University of Notre Dame ad filmed largely in Cape Town, South Africa.
A new degree in theology and peace studies is added to the Kroc Institute’s Ph.D. program (which already has joint degrees in history, political science, sociology, and psychology).
Susan St. Ville is appointed Director of the master's in international peace studies program. St. Ville, who has taught at the Kroc Institute since 2008, has research and clinical interests in the areas of trauma and peacebuilding, gender in war and peace, and the psychological effects of violence.
Kroc Institute Advisory Council member Steve Pepe, a former federal magistrate judge, establishes an endowment fund to support a named doctoral fellowship in peace studies. The Advisory Council also establishes a common fund to provide fellowships to Ph.D. students, who now number 17.
Kroc professor Christian Davenport has been using quantitative research methods to study the Troubles - the ethno-political conflict that took place in Northern Ireland between 1968 and 1998. Davenport arranged video interviews with some 70 people about the details of their lives before, during and after the conflict. The research provides a deeper understanding of the conflict and its impact on the communities and political systems.
Robert C. Johansen steps down as Director of Doctoral Studies. Asher Kaufman, associate professor of history and peace studies, is appointed to the position. Pamina Firchow is appointed Associate Director of the Ph.D. program. Photo: Asher Kaufman (far right) with Ph.D. students Jessica Brandwein and Douglas Ansel.
Julie Macfarlane and Bernie Mayer, well-known specialists in mediation, join the Kroc Institute as adjunct professors of the practice.
Together Macfarlane and Mayer, who also happen to be married, have nearly 50 years of experience mediating conflicts.
During and after the events in Tunisia and Egypt that begin “The Arab Spring,” Emad Shahin, an expert in Islamic politics and movements at the Kroc Institute, becomes a widely consulted and featured commentator in scores of media outlets around the world.
The Kroc Institute launches the Peace Accords Matrix (PAM), a unique research and peacebuilding tool for comparing comprehensive peace agreements. John Darby, professor of comparative ethnic studies, directs the project. Eric Melander also contributes to the project. Madhav Joshi (left), a political scientist with expertise on civil wars and post-war transitions, is the associate director of PAM.
George A. Lopez is appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to serve from October to July 2011 on the Panel of Experts for the implementation of sanctions on North Korea.
In New York, the Kroc Institute publicly launches the cross-cultural research initiative "Contending Modernities: Catholic, Muslim, Secular." The event features keynote speaker Shaykh Ali Gomaa, the Grand Mufti of Egypt, a panel on “Women, Family, and Society in Islam and Catholicism, and a conversation with Turkish novelist and Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk.
"Peacebuilding: Catholic Theology, Ethics, and Praxis," a new book edited by Robert J. Schreiter, R. Scott Appleby, and Gerard F. Powers, breaks new ground on the concept of Catholic peacebuilding. The book features essays by leading theologians, ethicists, and scholar-practitioners.
The number of doctoral students in peace studies who earn university-wide fellowships and other awards provides a mark of distinction to the Kroc Institute. Ph.D. student Douglas Ansel wins a National Science Foundation research grant. Nine of the 17 peace studies Ph.D. students enrolled through 2011 received University fellowships, including one Dean's Fellowship, seven Presidential Fellowships, and one Gaia Fellowship.
John and Judy Scully, members of the Kroc Institute advisory council, establish the John and Judy Scully Fellowship endowment. John is retired Group Senior Vice President at the La Salle Bank and a retired U.S. Army Major General. Judy is a trustee of Dominican University.
Oxford University Press publishes "Strategies of Peace: Transforming Conflict in a Violent World," edited by Scott Appleby, John Paul Lederach, and Daniel Philpott. The book is the first in Oxford’s “Studies in Strategic Peacebuilding” series.
Scott Appleby urges U.S. policymakers to rethink the role of religion in world affairs and proposes a new strategy for engaging religiously inspired people of all faiths.
Appleby's commentary follows the release of the report “Engaging Religious Communities Abroad: A New Imperative for U.S. Foreign Policy,” a product of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Task Force on Religion and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy. Appleby is co-chair of the task force.
Susan Mirza, a ’79 Notre Dame alumnus, establishes an endowment to support Contending Modernities in memory of her husband, Muzzafar Mirza. Mirza, co-President of Save the Children Greenwich Leadership Council, will later join the Kroc Institute’s Advisory Council. (Photo: Sue Mirza with Alexander, Christina, Sean, and Midnight.)
Robert C. Johansen, senior fellow and professor of political science and peace studies, receives the Peace and Justice Association’s Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Peace Studies Award.
The Kroc Institute and the Finnish Institute of International Affairs co-sponsors a conference in Helsinki, Finland, for policymakers and security experts from around the world. Participants consider ways to strengthen the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, a cornerstone of the global effort to control nuclear weapons.
David Cortright is appointed Director of Policy Studies at the Kroc Institute. The Institute launches a new online journal, "Peace Policy," edited by Cortright, which offers insights, commentary, and solutions to the global challenge of violent conflict.
Catherine Bolten, an anthropologist with expertise in cultural and moral dimension of violence and post-conflict reconciliation and extensive field experience in Sierra Leone, joins the Kroc Institute faculty.
The Kroc Institute begins a major new cross-cultural research and peacebuilding initiative, "Contending Modernities: Catholic, Muslim, Secular," directed by Scott Appleby.
Launched with a grant from Notre Dame’s Strategic Research Investment, Contending Modernities involves scholars from around the world. Patrick Mason, a historian with expertise on religion and peacebuilding, is appointed associate director of the Contending Modernities program.
Mary Ellen O’Connell, the Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law at Notre Dame, joins the faculty of the Kroc Institute as Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution.
“Teaching Peace in the 21st Century,” the Kroc Institute’s First Annual Summer Institute for Faculty in Peace Studies Program Development, is directed by George A. Lopez. The institute attracts faculty from colleges and universities around the country who hope to begin a peace studies program or strengthen an existing one.
Shirin Ebadi, 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, lawyer and human rights advocate from Iran, delivers the 15th annual Hesburgh Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy.
Notre Dame graduating seniors Andrew Masak (left) and Caitlin Hildebrand win a $10,000 grant for a project they designed to promote health and nutrition in an indigenous community in Peru. The grant was awarded by the Davis Projects for Peace, which supports grassroots projects designed by U.S. undergraduates to promote peace.
Other Notre Dame recipients include Jenna Knapp (2010), who developed a disaster prevention workshop for an agrarian region in El Salvador, and Molly Boyle (2011), who designed a project to educate young mothers near Lima, Peru.
On the 50th anniversary of the peace symbol, David Cortright, director of policy studies at the Kroc Institute and author of the book "Peace: A History of Movements and Ideas," discusses the history of the peace symbol, pacifism, and the role of religious groups in the peace movement.
Broadcast on NBC before the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, this 2-minute video features professor George A. Lopez and interviews with master's students in peace studies.
The Kroc Institute’s core faculty continues to grow.
New faculty include Atalia Omer (center), an expert on religion, nationalism, and ethno-religious conflict; Jason Springs (right), who brings expertise on religious ethics, pluralism, religious tolerance, and secularism; and Ernesto Verdeja (left), a political scientist who studies genocide, transitional justice, and democratic theory.
The Kroc Institute launches a Ph.D. program in peace studies. The program responds to a growing need for a new generation of peace researchers and teachers and fulfills one of Mrs. Kroc’s final wishes. Robert C. Johansen, who played a leading role in the programs’ development, is the program’s first director.
Christian Davenport, an expert on the use of statistical research, ethnography and other approaches to examine human rights violations and state repression, joins the faculty as professor of political science, sociology, and peace studies.
Emad Shahin, an expert on Islam and politics in the Middle East, is appointed to the Kroc Institute as the Luce Associate Professor of Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding.
The Catholic Peacebuilding Network organizes the “Future of Catholic Peacebuilding” conference at Notre Dame, with more than 275 participants from 28 countries.
Jack Mullen ’53 and his family establish the John R. and Diane Mullen Family Endowment to provide ongoing support for Ph.D. fellowships at the Kroc Institute. As the first named fellowship fund at the Kroc Institute, the endowment provides a substantial boost to the new Ph.D. program.
Mark Gallogly, ’79 and Elizabeth Strickler establish an endowment to support Contending Modernities: Catholic, Muslim, Secular.
Oxford University Press establishes a new series of books on Kroc’s signature theme, strategic peacebuilding. Series editors are Scott Appleby, John Paul Lederach, and Dan Philpott.
This two-minute video offers a glimpse of the peacebuilding work of Kroc professor John Paul Lederach in Colombia. It also features graduate Maria Lucia Zapata.
David Cortright and George A. Lopez publish "Uniting Against Terrorism: Cooperative Nonmilitary Responses to the Global Terrorist Threat."
George A. Lopez is installed as Notre Dame’s first Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Professor of Peace Studies.
Hal Culbertson is appointed to the new position of Executive Director, with responsibility over finances, personnel, and daily operations.
The Catholic Peacebuilding Network conference in Colombia attracts 230 participants, including scholars, church leaders, and clergy and lay peace practitioners from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the U.S. Participants included 175 Colombians, including 20 bishops, 55 church leaders, and specialists from 21 other countries.
In a United Nations symposium with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, the Sanctions Project presents the results of its recent research Enhancing the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Sanctions.
Peter Wallensteen joins the Kroc Institute faculty as the first holder of the Richard G. Starmann, Sr. Chair in International Peace Research.
He is the Dag Hammarskjöld chair and founder of the Peace and Conflict Research Department and the Conflict Data Program at Uppsala University in Sweden.
The Kroc Institute chair is named in honor of Dick Starmann, the executor of Mrs. Kroc’s estate and a member of the Institute’s Advisory Council.
The Catholic Peacebuilding Network holds a major conference in Burundi. The conference focuses on the role of the Church in conflicts and peacebuilding in the Great Lakes region of Africa.
The number of undergraduates declaring supplementary majors or interdisciplinary minors in peace studies — 150 — doubles after 9/11.
The Kroc Institute and Catholic Relief Services launch a new fellowship program. Kroc-CRS fellowships allow experienced CRS staff to conduct research in a university setting, while also bringing insights from experienced practitioners to bear on Kroc’s academic programs.
Fellows have come from Burundi, El Salvador, Indonesia, Kenya, the Philippines, and Rwanda. (Photo: 2011 Kroc-CRS Fellow John Katunga.)
Asher Kaufman, a historian of the modern Middle East and an expert on Lebanon, joins the Kroc Institute faculty.
The Kroc Institute establishes field sites in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, where master's students pursue internships for 6 months at highly respected international organizations working in peace, justice, and human rights.
(Photo of Kroc master's student Burcu Munyas in Jerusalem.)