Gerard F. Powers

Director, Catholic Peacebuilding Studies; Coordinator, Catholic Peacebuilding Network

Gerard F.  Powers

100 Hesburgh Center for International Studies
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Phone: (574) 631-3765
Fax: (574) 631-6973

Areas of expertise: Ethics of the use of force; religion, conflict and peacebuilding; ethics and U.S. foreign policy

Gerard Powers is director of Catholic Peacebuilding Studies. He is also coordinator of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, which links 21 bishops’ conferences, Catholic development agencies, universities, and independent peace organizations in an effort to enhance the study and practice of conflict prevention, conflict management, and post-conflict reconciliation in war-torn areas.

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 was a foreign policy advisor in the same office.

Powers specializes in the ethics of the use of force; religion, conflict and peacebuilding; and ethics and U.S. foreign policy. He is co-editor (with C. Montevecchio) of Catholic Peacebuilding and Mining: Integral Peace, Development, and Ecology (Routledge, 2022) (available as an open-access e-book); co-editor (with R. Schreiter and S. Appleby) of Peacebuilding: Catholic Theology, Ethics and Praxis (Orbis, 2010); co-editor (with D. 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 (1994).

Recent Work

"Nuclear Disarmament: Ethical Challenges at or Near Zero," in D. Christiansen and Carole Sargent, eds., Forbidden: Receiving Pope Francis's Condemnation of Nuclear Weapons (Georgetown Univ. Press, 2023): 153-172.

"The Catholic Peacebuilding Network: Lessons Learned," Journal of Social Encounters: Vol. 5, Iss. 2, 2-18 (Aug. 2021).

Powers, Gerard, Ebrahim Moosa, and R. Scott Appleby. “The Role of Religious Engagement in Implementing the Global Fragility Act.” 21 Sep. 2020. 

"Toward a Catholic Ethic of Self-Determination," in Daniel Pilario, ed., Theology, Conflict and Peacebuilding (St. Vincent School of Theology, 2019): 39-74.

"Catholic Approaches to Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Processes: Guidelines for Reflection and Planning," (with T. Bamat and C. Montevecchio) (Kroc Institute, 2018)

"Our Vocation is Peacebuilding," part of "Ethics in Focus: Special Issue on the Future of Just War Theory in Catholic Social Thought in Expositions: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities vol. 12, no. 1 (2018).

"Papal Condemnation of Nuclear Deterrence and What is Next," Arms Control Today, Vol. 48, Iss. 4, 6-11 (May 2018).

"No More Nukes? An Exchange [with Michael Desch]," Commonweal: 15-17 (May 2018).

"Toward an Integral Catholic Peacebuilding," The Journal of Social Encounters: Vol. 1: Iss. 1, 1-13 (Aug. 2017).

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