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Dr. Iain Atack
Assistant Professor, School of Religion

Biography

REFEREEING FOR JOURNALS:

Journal of Peace Research; Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change; Security Dialogue; World Development.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Civil Society and Non-Violent Political Action in Northern Ireland in, editor(s)Clara Fischer and Áine Mahon , Philosophical Perspectives on Contemporary Ireland, Routledge, 2020, pp111 - 130, [Iain Atack and Dong Jin Kim] Book Chapter, 2020 DOI

"Nonviolence in International Relations" in, editor(s)Birgit Schippers , Routledge Companion to Rethinking Ethics in International Relations, United Kingdom, Routledge, 2020, pp377 - 391, [Iain Atack] Book Chapter, 2020

"Tolstoy's Pacifism and the Critique of State Violence" in, editor(s)Jorg Kustermans, Tom Sauer, Dominiek Loots & Barbara Segaert , Pacifism's Appeal: Ethos, History, Politics, United Kingdom, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, pp81 - 102, [Iain Atack] Book Chapter, 2019

"Nonviolence and Civil Resistance" in, editor(s)Oliver Richmond and Gizem Visoka , The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Peace and Conflict Studies, U.K., Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, pp1-17 , [Iain Atack] Book Chapter, 2019 DOI

Social Sciences, (2018), 1-140p, Iain Atack, [eds.], One year Journal, 2018

Iain Atack, "Pacifism and perpetual peace", Critical Studies on Security, Vol 6, (Issue 2), 2018, p207 - 220 Journal Article, 2018

Iain Atack, Review of Understanding Nonviolence: Contours and Contexts, by Maia Carter Hallward and Julie M. Norman (eds) , Peace & Change, 42, (1), 2017, p157-159 Review, 2017

Iain Atack, Gandhi in political theory: Truth, law and experiment, Review of Gandhi in Political Theory: Truth, Law and Experiment, by Anuradha Veeravelli , Contemporary Political Theory, 15, (2), 2016, p1-4 Review, 2016 DOI

Kant versus Tolstoy: Perpetual Peace, Pacifism and the Elimination of War in, editor(s)John O'Grady, Cathy Higgins and Jude Lal Fernando , Mining Truths, Germany, Eos, 2015, pp59 - 68, [Iain Atack] Book Chapter, 2015

Iain Atack, "Non-violence transformative, pouvoir et changement social", Diogene, (243-244), 2014, p28 - 40 Journal Article, 2014

Iain Atack, "Pacifism and Nonviolent Political Action: From Civil Resistance to Political Transformation", Filozofski Godisnuak, 25, (1), 2013, p319 - 333 Journal Article, 2013

Iain Atack, Transformative Peacebuilding and Radical Violence, Review of Lost in Transformation: Violent Peace and Peaceful Conflict in Northern Ireland, by Audra Mitchell , International Peacekeeping, 19, (5), 2012, p661-663 Review, 2012

Iain Atack, Civil Resistance, Transformative Nonviolence and the State, E-International Relations, 11, 2012, p1 - 4 Journal Article, 2012

Iain Atack, Nonviolence in Political Theory, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2012, 1 - 202pp Book, 2012

Pacifism and International Relations in, editor(s)Patrick Hayden , The Ashgate Research Companion to Ethics and International Relations, Farnham and Burlington, Ashgate, 2009, pp183 - 198, [Iain Atack] Book Chapter, 2009

Iain Atack, Peace Studies and social change: the role of ethics and human agency, Policy and Practice, (9), 2009, p9 Journal Article, 2009

Some Reflections on Transformative Nonviolence in, editor(s)Luc Reychler, Julianne Funk Deckard and Kevin H. R. Villanueva , Building Sustainable Futures: Enacting Peace and Development, Bilbao, University of Deusto, 2009, pp239 - 244, [Iain Atack] Book Chapter, 2009

NGOs as Agents of Cosmopolitan Values or Parochial Interests in, editor(s)John O'Grady and Peter Scherle , Ecumenics from the Rim, Berlin, Lit Verlag, 2007, pp353 - 361, [Iain Atack] Book Chapter, 2007

Iain Atack, Review of War and the Christian Conscience: Where Do You Stand?, by Joseph J. Fahey , Milltown Studies, (58), 2006, p161-163 Review, 2006

Iain Atack, "Nonviolent Political Action and the Limits of Consent", Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory, 53, (111), 2006, p87 - 107 Journal Article, 2006

Iain Atack, Review of Debt and Trade: Time to Make the Connections, by Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice , Milltown Studies, 1, (57), 2006, p118-121 Review, 2006

Iain Atack, The Ethics of Peace and War, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2005, vii - 173pp Book, 2005

Atack I., Peacebuilding as conflict management or political engineering, Trocaire Development Review, 2004, p17 - 32 Journal Article, 2004

Atack I., The ethics of intervention and the limits of state sovereignty, Search, 26, (2), 2003, p79 - 84 Journal Article, 2003

Atack I., Ethical Objections to Humanitarian Intervention, Security Dialogue, 33, (3), 2002, p279 - 292 Journal Article, 2002

Atack I., The Human Rights Approach to Development, Trocaire Development Review, 2001, p39 - 48 Journal Article, 2001

Atack I., From Pacifism to War Resistance, Peace and Change, 26, (2), 2001, p177 - 186 Journal Article, 2001

Atack I. , Human Rights in Global Politics, Trocaire Development Review, 1999, p185-192 Review, 1999

Atack I., Four Criteria of Development NGO Legitimacy, World Development, 27, (5), 1999, p855 - 864 Journal Article, 1999

Atack I., Peace Processes and Internal Armed Conflicts, Kasarinlan, 12, (4), 1997, p113 - 130 Journal Article, 1997

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Iain Atack and Dong Jin Kim, "Civil Society and Nonviolent Political Action in Northern Ireland", Conflict Research Society Annual Conference, University of Sussex, U.K., September 8-9, 2019, 2019, pp1 - 10 Conference Paper, 2019

Iain Atack, "Civilian-based defence and the challenge to state power", Conflict Research Society annual conference, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, Sept. 17-18, 2018, 2018, pp1-15 Conference Paper, 2018

Iain Atack, "Nonviolence and the Militarised State", British International Studies Association annual conference, University of Bath, United Kingdom, June 13-15, 2018, 2018, pp1-11 Conference Paper, 2018

Iain Atack, "Nonviolent Civil Resistance, Power and Social Transformation", Violence, Space and the Political, National University of Ireland Galway, June 7-9, 2018, 2018, pp1-10 Conference Paper, 2018

Iain Atack, "Anarchism and Nonviolent Civil Resistance: A Constructive Dialogue", Anarchist Studies Network Fifth International Conference, Loughborough University, United Kingdom, Sept. 12-14, 2018, 2018, pp1-18 Conference Paper, 2018

Iain Atack, "Nonviolent Resistance and Social Transformation", International Studies Association annual conference, Atlanta, U.S.A., March 16-19, 2016, 2016, pp1-23 Conference Paper, 2016

Iain Atack, "Pacifism, Anti-War Internationalism and the State", Conflict Research Society annual conference, Dublin, September 7-8, 2016, 2016, pp1-10 Conference Paper, 2016

Iain Atack, "Integrative Power and Nonviolent Political Action", Conflict Research Society annual conference, University of Kent, U.K., Sept. 14-15, 2015, 2015, pp1-16 Conference Paper, 2015

Iain Atack, "Civil resistance and social transformation", Political Science Association of Ireland annual conference, University College Cork, Ireland, Oct. 16-18, 2015, 2015, pp1-23 Conference Paper, 2015

Iain Atack, "Nonviolent political action, power and social change", Political Science Association of Ireland Annual Conference, National University of Ireland Galway, Oct. 17-18, 2014, 2014, pp1-8 Conference Paper, 2014

Iain Atack, "Nonviolent political action, power and social change", International Peace Research Association Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, August 1-15, 2014, 2014, pp1-11 Conference Paper, 2014

Iain Atack, "Nonviolent action, power and social change", Conflict Research Society Annual Conference, University of Leeds, U.K., Sept. 2-4, 2014, 2014, pp1-20 Conference Paper, 2014

Iain Atack, "Perpetual peace, pacifism and the elimination of war", Why War? Peace Studies in the 21st Century, University of Bradford, U.K., May 1-3, 2014, 2014, pp1-14 Conference Paper, 2014

Iain Atack, The Utopian Vision of Transformative Nonviolence, Conflict Research Society Annual Conference, University of Essex, U.K., Sept 17-20, 2013, pp1-23 Conference Paper, 2013

Iain Atack, "Pacifism and Nonviolent Political Action: From Civil Resistance to Political Transformation", 12th International Law and Ethics Conference, University of Belgrade, June 21-23, edited by Jovan Babic , 2012, pp1-20 Conference Paper, 2012

"My kind of nonviolence" in, editor(s)Rob Fairmichael , My Kind of Nonviolence: Personal views from Ireland on what nonviolence means, Belfast, INNATE, 2012, pp8 - 9, [Iain Atack] Book Chapter, 2012

Iain Atack, "Nonviolent political action, civil society and the state", Political Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Iveagh House, Dublin, October 22, 2011, pp1-14 Conference Paper, 2011

Iain Atack, "Ethics and Power in Nonviolent Political Action", Religion, Ethics, Cultural Engagement lecture series, Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, November 29, 2011, School of Religions, Theology and Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin, 1-18pp Invited Talk, 2011

Iain Atack, "Nonviolent Action and Political Transformation", Conflict Research Society Annual Conference, University of Lancaster, September 6-7, 2011, pp1-15 Conference Paper, 2011

Iain Atack, "Civil Resistance and Transformative Nonviolence", International Peace Research Association, University of Sydney, July 6-10, 2010, pp1-20 Conference Paper, 2010

Iain Atack and Sean McCrum, Neutrality: Irish Experience/European Experience, Dublin, Irish School of Ecumenics, 2009, 1 - 36pp Book, 2009

Iain Atack, "Pacifism and Nonviolence: Complementary or Contradictory?", International Peace Research Association Global Conference, University of Leuven, Belgium, July 15-19, 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Iain Atack, "NGOs as agents of cosmopolitan values or parochial interests", Cosmopolitanism Past and Present: an international conference, University of Dundee, Scotland, June 6-8, 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

Iain Atack, "Pacifism and International Relations", Peace in International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science, October 20-21, 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

Iain Atack, "Non-governmental organisations, cosmopolitan legitimacy and distributive justice", The Legitimacy of Non-state Actors' Involvement in Global Governance and Policy, Tilburg University, December 8, 2006, Anton Vedder, Associate Professor of Ethics and Law, Tilburg University, 1-13pp Invited Talk, 2006

Iain Atack, "Civil Society, Nonviolence and the Consent Theory of Power", A World for All? The ethics of global civil society, University of Edinburgh, September 4-7, 2005, pp1-15 Conference Paper, 2005

Atack I., The politics of pacifism and the ethics of cosmopolitanism, International Peace Research Association, Sopron, Hungary, July, 2004 Conference Paper, 2004

Atack I., Peacebuilding as conflict management or political engineering, Shaping the Agenda for Conflict Research, Conflict Research Society, U.K., September, 2003 Conference Paper, 2003

Atack I., Signs of Hope in Times of War, Féile Bríde, Afri Conference, January, 2003 Conference Paper, 2003

Atack I., Introduction to Nonviolence, Trócaire, Maynooth, May, 2003 Conference Paper, 2003

Atack I., Armed conflict and development, Ireland Aid, Dublin, April, 2002 Conference Paper, 2002

Atack I., Moving beyond aid, Comhlamh, Dublin, November, 2002 Conference Paper, 2002

Atack I., The ethics of humanitarian intervention, International Peace Research Association, Suwon, South Korea, July, 2002 Conference Paper, 2002

Atack I., Human Rights and Development: Where do we stand?, Department of Foreign Affairs Fourth Annual NGO Forum on Human Rights, Dublin Castle, July 21, 2001 Conference Paper, 2001

Atack I., Alternative economics: Is debt cancellation enough?, October, 2001, Dublin Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2001

Atack I., The human rights based approach to development cooperation, Ireland Aid, 2000 Journal Article, 2000

Atack I., Human rights and democratisation in Mozambique: A three-year strategy, Ireland Aid, 2000 Journal Article, 2000

Atack I., Return to sender, November, 2000, Roscrea Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2000

Atack I., Irish Trade Unions Linking Globally, Development Education Project, Irish Congress of Trade Unions, 2000 Journal Article, 2000

Atack I., The ethics of external intervention, Development Studies Association Annual Conference, School of African and Oriental Studies, London, November, 2000 Conference Paper, 2000

Atack I., The Ethics of Debt 'Forgiveness': Jewish, Christian and Muslim Perspectives on the Third World Debt Crisis, Dublin, ISE and Debt and Development Coalition, 1999 Book, 1999

Atack I., The ethics of debt 'forgiveness': Jewish, Christian and Muslim perspectives on the Third World debt crisis, January, 1999, Dublin Meetings /Conferences Organised, 1999

Atack I., The religion ground in equality legislation in the Republic of Ireland, The Equality Authority, 1999 Journal Article, 1999

Atack I., Nonviolent intervention in situations of violent conflict, World Congress on Violence and Human Co-Existence, University College Dublin, August, 1997 Conference Paper, 1997

Atack I., Understanding the establishment of peace as a process, Community Relations Council Conference on Pursuing Peace, Draperstown, Northern Ireland, November, 1997 Conference Paper, 1997

Atack I., Support for democratisation, good governance and human rights in Mozambique: a three-year strategy, Irish Aid, 1997 Journal Article, 1997

Atack I., Development NGO legitimacy, Conference on Ethics, Development and Global Values, University of Aberdeen, July, 1996 Conference Paper, 1996

Atack I., Irish Aid: A proposed strategy for democratisation, Irish Aid, 1996 Journal Article, 1996

Research Expertise

Description

PEACEBUILDING AND CONFLICT PREVENTION: Peacebuilding emerged as a popular concept through An Agenda for Peace in the early 1990s in the optimism of the immediate post Cold War period., when it appeared that certain protracted armed conflicts, in Central America, southern Africa and the Middle East, were in the process of being resolved. Peacebuilding refers to those actions that will consolidate and strengthen those structures necessary for peace in post-conflict situations, and also to prevent the recurrence of armed conflict. Although peacebuilding and conflict prevention, as related activities , have achieved relative success in some contexts (Mozambique, Cambodia, East Timor), they must confront serious theoretical (or conceptual) and practical (or political) challenges if they are to be viable forms of "international conflict management". Changes to U.S. foreign policy, for example, threaten the multilateral (especially UN) framework within which such interventions occur. And at a deeper level, peacebuilding has also been accused of being a mechanism by which Western values and institutions are transmitted from the so-called developed world to the so-called developing or emerging countries, or from the core to the periphery. My research involves examining the theoretical and normative assumptions behind peacebuilding, as well as recent attempts to implement it, in order to test the efficacy of "international conflict management" as an alternative to military responses to social and political conflict.

Recognition

Representations

Chairperson, Action from Ireland (Afri).

Awards and Honours

Overseas Research Student Award, Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals of the Universities of the United Kingdom 1993-1996

Barton Award for International Peace and Security, Department of External Affairs, Canada 1993-1994

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada doctoral fellowship 1994-1996

Memberships

Member of the Political Studies Association

Member of the British International Studies Association.

Member of the International Peace Studies Association.

Member of the Development Studies Association of the U.K. and Ireland.

Member of the Solidarity (Third World) Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions