"Civil Resistance and the Dynamics of Nonviolent Conflict" is a professional level course developed by ICNC and presented under the auspices of the United States Institute of Peace.
This course is 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, and in so doing transform the global security environment.
The world is witnessing a surge in people powered movements in places such as Iran, the Niger Delta, Honduras, and the West Bank. As a result, the international policy community is carefully following the courageous acts of civil disobedience utilized by people facing various forms of repression. But do we fully understand the strategic thinking and the methods of nonviolent action that civilian-based movements can employ to combat injustice?
Civil resistance and the dynamics of nonviolent conflict have been instrumental in political transitions from authoritarian and oppressive rule for many decades. Organized civic pressure has been used to fight colonialism and foreign occupation, advance women’s and minority rights, and improve transparency and good governance.
The course will examine such questions as:
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