Nonviolent conflict is a way for people to fight for rights, freedom, justice, self-determination, and accountable government, through the use of civil resistance - including tactics such as strikes, boycotts, protests, and civil disobedience. Learn more...
Amro Ali, Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, January 21, 2015
Despotism relies on citizens’ psychological isolation, making them anxious to gain the regime’s meager favors. Mutual suspicion prevents the communication necessary for organized opposition. In Egypt, the citizen reinforces the repressive status quo – from someone who reports innocent journalists to the police, to a sycophantic lawyer suing an actor who deviated from the state line. The regime provides “benefits” to an imagined homogenous citizenry, who in turn perform exercises of political legitimation. But in certain spaces, like the university campus, there are harbingers of despotism’s deterioration. Despotism is highly fragile, in that voluntary servitude is never guaranteed, even with all forms of threats.
Andrius Kuncina and Daisy Sindelar, The Atlantic, January 21, 2015
The 98-page guide and emergency response manual being distributed aims to prepare Lithuanians for the possibility of invasion, occupation and armed conflict. The publication, which is also available for download from the Defense Ministry website, includes instructions for appropriate forms of civil disobedience in the event of an occupation — strikes, blockades, and the online organization of cyber-attacks against the enemy. Officials say the past year in Ukraine, with the annexation of Crimea and deadly fighting in the country's eastern region, has shown that Russia remains a danger to all of its neighbors.
Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, January 18, 2015
Over the past decade, as ultra-Orthodox believers have grown in influence, women’s equality has declined. Among the many images that circulated after the attacks in Paris, one ran in the Israeli newspaper Hamevaser, showing only the world’s male heads of state. German Chancellor Angela Merkel had been digitally removed. But Rachel Azaria, Jerusalem’s deputy mayor, says that because showing images of women has become a public issue, progress is possible. She partly credits this growing awareness to the broader social-protest movement in Israel, started in 2011, which championed values of equal rights and personal freedom.
Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, June 7-12, 2015 | Application deadline: February 16, 2015
Civil resistance campaigns for rights, freedom and justice are capturing the world's attention as never before. Since 2006, over 400 participants from more than 90 countries have gathered at FSI to learn and share knowledge. The program is taught by leading international scholars, practitioners, organizers and activists. It provides a firm grasp of the subject of civil resistance as well as a practical understanding of how it is used in a variety of conflicts. FSI is the leading executive education program in the world focusing on the interdisciplinary study of civil resistance. For more information, visit: http://www.nonviolent-conflict.org/index.php/learning-and-resources/educational-initiatives/fletcher-summer-institute/fsi-2015
Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, January 21, 2015
Inspired by the widespread "Arab Spring" movements in countries across the Middle East, opposition groups in Bahrain rose up in a series of protests against the ruling Al Khalifa family. Within months, most of the demonstrations were violently broken up by government forces. Dozens of protesters were killed and hundreds were jailed. In the four years since, the pro-democracy movement has grown quieter but never died away. Gathered here in a new portfolio of photos are images of Bahrain's continued uprising, taken over the past year.
APPLY NOW - Fletcher Summer Institute 2015
The Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict (FSI) is the leading executive education program in the world focusing on the advanced, interdisciplinary study of civil resistance. Campaigns to protect democracy in Hong Kong, for women’s rights in India, for indigenous rights in Latin America, for police accountability in the United States, against violence in Mexico, against corruption in Cambodia, against growing autocracy in Ukraine and against dictatorship in Burkina Faso are all examples in the last year of a profound global shift in how political power is developed and applied. Since 2006, over 400 participants from more than 90 countries have gathered at FSI to learn and share knowledge. The program is taught by leading international scholars, practitioners, organizers and activists from past and current struggles.
Call for Proposals: Academic Webinar Series Winter & Spring 2015
Deadline to apply is January 18, 2015
WEBINAR - Dynamics and Factors of Transition from Violence to Nonviolent Resistance
Véronique Dudouet, Senior Researcher and Program Director, the Berghof Foundation
Based on a newly-published edited book Civil Resistance and Conflict Transformation. Transitions from Armed to Nonviolent Struggles, this webinar will provide some insights on the interplay between civil resistance, armed insurgency and conflict transformation. Particular focus will be placed on the phenomenon of armed groups shifting their conflict-waging strategies from violent to nonviolent means, especially in contexts which cannot be resolved by force but are also 'unripe' for conventional de-escalation methods such as negotiation and political integration. Relying on evidence from such various settings as South Africa, Palestine, Western Sahara, West Papua, Mexico, Colombia, Nepal and Egypt, the webinar talk will review the dynamics of organizational and strategic shifts from armed to unarmed conflict.
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