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...
Michael Forsythe, NY Times, March 4, 2014
“We are prepared to go to jail. We are not going to avoid police arrest. We are not going to seek bail in the police station after we are detained. We are not going to defend any charges against us. We are not going to seek mitigation of sentences. And not only me, there are many other people who are going to crowd the prison. When Hong Kong has become so unjust, the prison has become a place of justice for us, which was said by the famous American philosopher Thoreau. He said in an unjust place the only place for justice is the jail.”
Carmen Fishwick, The Guardian, March 4, 2014
“If until recently the southeastern regions were not fully satisfied with the new government, they are now unified against the new aggressor, Russia. Mass protests against Russian occupation took place in many Ukrainian cities over the weekend. Flowers, wreaths and candles fill Maidan and the adjacent streets where the mass killing of protesters took place. And the death toll continues to rise as more Ukrainians die in hospitals of gun wounds. No one is ready to leave Independence Square yet, until the new government demonstrates achievements, until justice is served to ex-politicians and police, and until there is real peace in the country.
Baktybek Beshimov and Ryskeldi Satke, The Diplomat, March 3, 2014
Kyrgyzstan was once known for its Tulip Revolution in 2005. Protests in Kyrgyzstan are commonplace, with 782 in 2013 alone, a staggering number for a tiny republic. But the most volatile part of the country remains the South, where large-scale ethnic conflict exploded in the summer of 2010. What has taken place in the Ukraine may perhaps embolden factions of the Kyrgyz opposition to move against President Almazbek Atambayev and what they see as his excessively pro-Russia policy.
Leila Nachawati Rego, Global Voices, March 3, 2014
From the beginning of the uprising, it was clear from the persecution of Syrian musicians, poets, and artists that one of the main targets of the regime would be Syria's budding civic movement. Creative mobilizations of all kinds, including sit-ins, civil disobedience campaigns, banners, cartoons, graffiti, and poetry, gained momentum in public spaces as well as online. The wall of fear and silence that took decades to build was broken in a matter of weeks, even as the regime displayed unprecedented brutality against peaceful dissent. Music, with its mobilizing and uplifting power, was at the core of the civic movement, increasingly difficult to silence.
Peter Ackerman, Maciej Bartkowski, and Jack Duvall, openDemocracy, March 3, 2014
In terms of the fundamental dynamic of how civil resistance can shred the legitimacy of an abusive government and then induce defections from its own enforcers and supporters, there is no serious discrepancy between the narrative of the collapse of the power of Victor Yanukoyvch in 2014 and the fall of Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines in 1986, Gen. Augusto Pinochet in Chile in 1988, the communist politburo in Czechoslovakia in 1989, Suharto in Indonesia in 1998, Milosevic in Serbia in 2000, or Mubarak in Egypt in 2011.
ICNC Awards for Research Monographs on Civil Resistance
ICNC announces its first Research Monographs Award. The goal of the award is to advance research and study in the field of civil resistance. In particular the award is intended to support work that enhances the strategic practice of civil resistance, improves understanding of civil resistance by members of the international community, and develops robust conceptual frameworks for understanding the nature, dynamics, power and impact of civil resistance movements. Educators, scholars, and practitioners who have substantial knowledge of the literature in the field of civil resistance are encouraged to apply. The deadline for proposal submissions is February 28, 2014.
EVENT - Civil Resistance: The Study of Nonviolent Power and Organized People
New York University
Civil Resistance and Military Dynamics: Examining Security Force Defections in the Arab Spring
Sharon Erickson Nepstad, University of New Mexico
Recent studies have emphasized that security force defections can greatly improve the odds that civil resistance movements will achieve their goals. Yet we still know relatively little about why defections occur and the long-term consequences for nonviolent struggles. In this webinar, I describe a variety of security force responses and the factors that shape whether security forces remain loyal, defect, or divide internally. To illustrate these dynamics, I explore several cases from the Arab Spring including Egypt, Bahrain, and Syria. I conclude by examining some problems that may arise when defectors join the opposition and the ways that civil resisters can maintain control of their movement.
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