Eli McCarthy, Ph.D., teaches at Georgetown University in Justice and Peace Studies. Since 2012, he has worked in Washington DC primarily with religious advocacy coalitions on U.S. foreign policy and peacebuilding, with a focus on Middle East policy. He has presented at both Congressional and State Department briefings. His most recent book is an edited volume entitled A Just Peace Ethic Primer: Building Sustainable Peace and Breaking Cycles of Violence (2020). He also has numerous published pieces on topics such as Iran, Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Sudan, nuclear weapons, drones, and restorative justice. In addition to his advocacy and academic work, he is a co-founder and trainer for the DC Peace Team and has served with the Nonviolent Peaceforce in Israel and Palestine as an elections monitor. The DC Peace Team offers training in nonviolent communication, restorative justice, bystander intervention, along with providing unarmed civilian protection deployments.
A transformative justice approach with restorative mechanisms works to break this logic of de-humanization and build more humanizing social processes. Accountability, as distinct from punishment, is about better understanding the harm, growing in empathy, acknowledging responsibility, and moving in the direction of changing harmful behavior.