Dr. Lopez visted our campus to discuss the current situation in Syria as it relates to the international issues of state sovereignty and the what role global institutions are expected to play if, as some analysts and diplomats believe, the era of state sovereignty is coming to an end. He was met by a large and captive audience for his lecture. His experience in the realm of international relations and diplomacy was evident to all in attendance as he discussed difficult issues such as the international rights and responsibilities to protect innocent people in times of violent conflict while still respecting the values of national sovereignty. In these situations, Dr. Lopez said “cheats, scoundrels and genociders often win,” but it is the goal of international bodies to ensure that there are consequences to their actions.
Pictured: Deborah Pierce, Associate Provost, International Programs and Chapter Coordinator, Zeta Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Delta; Guest Lecturer, George A. Lopez; Christopher M. Jones, Director, University Honors Program and Past President, Zeta Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Delta; and J.D. Bowers, University Coordinator of Teacher Certification and President-Elect, Zeta Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Delta
Professor Lopez has been featured by numerous national news sources, such as CNN, the New York Times, and the Chicago Tribune. Here are some links to his previous appearances:
George A. Lopez on CNN (via Skype interview) on the crisis in Syria and sanctions.