Iain Atack

Past Member of the Board of Directors

profile of Iain Atack

Iain Atack has been Coordinator of the M.Phil. programme in International Peace Studies at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College, University of Dublin, and currently he is Head of School for the Confederal School of Religions, Theology and Ecumenics in Trinity College, Dublin (of which ISE is a constituent part.) He has a B.A. in philosophy and an M. Phil. in peace studies from Trinity College Dublin and an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Toronto.  He obtained his D.Phil. from the University of Ulster for a thesis onContingent Pacifism and Moral Pluralism.  His book The Ethics of Peace and War:  From State Security to World Community was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2005 as part of its series on World Ethics.  He has published articles on topics ranging from nonviolence and pacifism to development and peacebuilding.  His research interests include the ethics and politics of nonviolent action and the dynamics of peacebuilding.  His book,  Nonviolence in Political Theory, was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2012.

Dr Atack teaches modules on the Politics of Peace and Conflict, Conflict Resolution and Nonviolence, and Armed Conflict, Peacebuilding and Development.  His current PhD students are working on a wide variety of topics including:  arts-based peacebuilding, the shadow economy in post-conflict Sierra Leone, the role of narrative in customary dispute resolution in southwestern Ethiopia, indigenous models of conflict resolution in the West Bank, the role of Palestinian civil society groups in promoting peace, NEPAD and the