The nonviolent popular uprisings during the ‘Arab Spring’ showed the relevance of civil resistance. Yet, strategic nonviolent conflict is not a new phenomenon. In fact, the use of civil resistance against undemocratic regimes and other illegitimate actors is prevalent over time and space. This seminar will explore the underlying concepts of strategic nonviolent conflict, discuss its effectiveness, particularly vis-à-vis violent insurgency, and how its tactics and strategies are applicable. It will also shed greater understanding on the interplay between civil resistance and third-party actors and role of nonviolent movements in negotiations and democratic transitions, among others.
How to Apply The space for this seminar is limited. Please send an e-mail to Jeff Goodwin at (
) with a brief explanation of why you want to participate, your institutional affiliation and specialization.
Johns Hopkins University, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) 1740 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.Washington, D.C. Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 5:30 PM (EST)
Peter Ackerman, founding chair of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, spoke at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) on Thursday, February 28, 2013. The event was held in the Kenney Auditorium of the school’s Nitze Building.
Discussion with Polish anti-communist dissident Adam Michnik and Egyptian scholar and human rights activist Dr. Saad Eddin Ibrahim at the United States Institute of Peace
Livestream will commence Friday, December 7, 2012, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict
Join us for a conversation about the historic and present impact of civil resistance on the fate of nations and the rights of the people. Adam Michnik and Saad Eddin Ibrahim will discuss how they and many others helped develop nonviolent movements, organize broadbased resistance, disrupt authoritarian rule and continue the struggle for democracy after people power won.
Central European Summer University for Democracy July 9 - 13, 2012
This seminar was designed to provide an in-depth and multi-disciplinary perspective on civilian-based movements and campaigns that defend and obtain basic rights and justice around the world. 40 young and mid-level academics and professionals from around the world attended the academic seminar.
Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna, Italy July 5 - 6, 2012
This course explored the use of nonviolent force in the struggle to obtain basic rights and justice through themes such as agency and structure, strategic planning and mobilization, and negotiations and democratic transitions. It also introduced analytical concepts and practical aspects of the strategic use of civil resistance. Lectures by ICNC speakers were delivered to more than 50 young researchers, graduate students, civil society and government professionals.
Tufts University / Medford, Massachusetts June 24 -30, 2012
The seventh annual Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict is an executive education program in the advanced interdisciplinary study of nonviolent conflict for representatives of the media, civil society, international organizations and the policy world.
Civil Resistance and the Dynamics of Nonviolent Conflict - Online Graduate Course
April 23 - June 6, 2012
An online, graduate level course offered jointly by Rutgers University and the Internatioanl Center on Nonviolent Conflict. All sessions were facilitated online through ICNC's online learning platform.
American University, Washington, DC March 29 - 30, 2012
Featuring Amer Bani Amer, Munir Al Mawri, Jawdat Said and Afra Said, Mary King, Maria Stephan, Maciej Bartkowski, among others. Sponsored by the Center for Peacebuilding and Development, the Mohammed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace, the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program and Nonviolence International
The School of Authentic Journalism, founded by Narco News in 2002, and financed through The Fund for Authentic Journalism (a 501c3 organization registered in Massachusetts) trains young journalists of talent and conscience from throughout the world in the skills, tools, craft and ethics of independent journalism, with an emphasis on reporting on social movements, civil resistance, nonviolent campaigns and community organizing.
In 2012, the School held its annual session on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) was a partner in this session and provided presenters on themes of strategic nonviolence and civil resistance. Multiple written news stories and videos were produced from this session on these themes. A good number of participants later participated in FSI and other ICNC sponsored conferences and events.