Gerard Powers

Kroc Institute - Notre Dame University

Gerard Powers

Gerard Powers is professor of the practice of Catholic peacebuilding at the Kroc Institute. He also coordinates the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, which links scholars with Catholic leaders from war-torn countries in an effort to enhance the study and practice of conflict prevention, conflict resolution, and post-conflict reconciliation.

Powers joined the Kroc faculty in 2004. From 1998-2004, he was director of the Office of International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and from 1987-1998 he was a foreign policy advisor in the same office. At the bishops’ conference, he specialized in ethics of the use of force, religion and conflict, religious liberty and other human rights issues, and the transition to democracy in Eastern Europe.

Powers' recent articles have examined the ethics of the use of force in Iraq, the future of the just war tradition, the role of religion in conflict and peacebuilding, and the ethics of nuclear weapons. He has also written on economic sanctions, humanitarian intervention, religion and U.S. foreign policy, and self-determination.

He is co-editor (with R. Schreiter and Scott Appleby) of Peacebuilding: Catholic Theology, Ethics and Praxis (Orbis, Fall 2010); co-editor (with Daniel Philpott) of Strategies of Peace: Transforming Conflict in a Violent World (Oxford 2010); and co-editor (with D. Christiansen and R. Hennemeyer) of Peacemaking: Moral and Policy Challenges for a New World (USCCB, 1994).

Powers has served as an adjunct faculty member at the National Law Center of George Washington University and the Oblate School of Theology. He has a J.D. and M.A. in theology from the University of Notre Dame, and a B.A. from Princeton University.

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