Minds of the Movement

An ICNC blog on the people and power of civil resistance

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Military Defections under Popular Uprisings: Ecuador (2005) and Bolivia (2019)

In Ecuador and Bolivia, the countries’ presidents were unable to complete their terms because of growing waves of civil resistance, but also one decisive factor in particular: military defections. This blog post analyzes military defections in a way that hopefully other civil resistance movements worldwide may distill some insights. […]

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Movement Commentary

The Anatomy of Sudan’s Democratic Revolution—One Year Later

There is still much to do to consolidate democracy and civilian rule in Sudan. All the same, the toppling of al-Bashir and his military backers is an amazing accomplishment. It demonstrates that whatever the structural obstacles may be, building on internal strengths and external opportunities, embracing diversity and nonviolent discipline, and following through on what was started are important ingredients to movement success. […]

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Ideas & Trends

¿Los movimientos de resistencia civil impulsan la democratización?

Dos libros recientes, Movimientos sociales y Guerra civil, y Resistencia civil en la Primavera Árabe: Triunfos y desastres, estudian las secuelas de la Primavera Árabe, y arriban a la conclusión de que los movimientos de resistencia civil pueden conducir a un incremento de la violencia, el autoritarismo y democracias fallidas. […]

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Ideas & Trends

Covid-19: Harnessing the Obstructive Power of Constructive Program

“Choosing to repurpose one’s movement toward community needs in times of crisis has short- and long-term strategic value. In this article I share a few thoughts about how movements can build power by serving their local communities—immunizing their movements from losing momentum with a “vaccine” of constructive programs and obstructive strategies. […]”

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Movement Commentary

Student Protests and a New Dawn of Civil Resistance in Thailand

Thailand recently witnessed a new dawn of youth-led people power, but whether the nascent protests will morph into a nationwide movement depends on an effective strategy and a unified vision for the future. Although the Coronavirus pandemic is posing new obstacles to the movement, students are seeking alternative forms of online protest and incorporating humanitarian activism into their repertoires to build constructive relationships with communities. […]

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Ideas & Trends

How is the Covid-19 Crisis Changing the Global Movement Landscape?

In this article I offer a big-picture framework for how the Covid-19 crisis is impacting activism, organizing, and civil resistance movements. I hope this article, which defines four main phases I’ve observed, is helpful as movements make sense of this moment, analyze where they want to go from here, and begin planning a transition to the post-Covid-19 period. […]

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Ideas & Trends

Lecciones de los levantamientos alrededor del mundo: El momento presente y el futuro posible

Durante 2019, una ola de levantamientos mayormente noviolentos ha generado una abundancia de artículos de prensa sobre este tema, los cuales abordan cuestiones como: ¿Por qué tanta gente está protestando ahora? ¿Es parte de una tendencia mayor? ¿Existen temas comunes que impulsan estos levantamientos? ¿Adónde conducirán estos levantamientos? […]

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Ideas & Trends

How Training Can Be Optimized for Building People Power

Those of us who train and educate movements, whether in informal environments or in the classroom, would like to believe that our curriculum and how we present it directly determines the extent to which our participants thrive. While this may be partially true, these factors are far from being the most important determinants of a participant’s success. […]

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Movement Commentary

Macedonians against Deadly Mines: The Struggle for a Clean and Safe Future

For almost a decade, Macedonians have engaged in a nonviolent struggle to protect their land and air from mass pollution as a result of foreign direct investments in copper, gold, and silver mining in the Balkan state. Actions have intensified since 2017 with citizen initiatives like SOS Valandovo, Zdrava Kotlina (“Healthy Valley”), and Youth Against Stuka-Ilovica Mine of Death organizing protests and road blockades to prevent the opening of mines. They count a number of successful closures so far, but the struggle isn’t over […]

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Ideas & Trends

A Civil Resistance Awakening in Latin America?

Last year was a bustling year for societies around the world that took up the cause of civil resistance. Nonviolent actions for rights, justice, and freedom were incredibly diverse, energetic, and inspiring in Latin America, where a peaceful popular awakening shook regimes, toppled governments, and captured the world’s attention. […]

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