Kroc Institute to host panel discussion on Asian terrorism

Author: Arts and Letters


A panel discussion on “Countering Terrorism in Asia” will be held at 3:15p.m. Monday (Oct. 31) in the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Center auditorium.

The discussion will concern how military operations against terrorism affect security, the rule of law, and human rights in Asia, which is home to 60 percent of the world’s population and the three largest Muslim nations.

Susan Blum, associate professor of anthropology and director of Notre Dame’s Center for Asian Studies, will chair the discussion. The panelists will be Clarence J. Dias, president of the International Center for Law in Development, and David Cortright, research fellow at Notre Dame’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and president of the Fourth Freedom Forum.

Dias, who holds law degrees from Bombay University and Cornell University Law School, is author of several books, including “Industrial Hazards in a Transnational World,” “Legal Professions in the Third World,” “The International Context of Rural Poverty in the Third World” and “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Fifty Years and Beyond.” A participant in numerous United Nations human rights projects, he helped write the 1986 U.N. Declaration on the Right to Development.

A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1989, David Cortright has served as consultant or adviser to various agencies of the United Nations, the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict, the International Peace Academy, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He is the author of “A Peaceful Superpower: The Movement Against War in Iraq” and co-author, with Kroc colleague George A. Lopez, of “Smart Sanctions: Targeting Economic Statecraft” and “Sanctions and the Search for Security: Challenges to U.N. Action.”

The discussion is sponsored by Notre Dame’s Joan B. Kroc Institute, the Center for Asian Studies, the Pakistan Students Association and the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures.

Contact: Hal Culbertson, associate director of the Kroc Institute, at 574-631- 8832 or

Originally published by Michael O. Garvey at on October 28, 2005.