Evan Perkoski, is the co-author of ICNC’s recent Special Report Nonviolent Resistance and the Prevention of Mass Killings During Popular Uprisings. His webinar will address how resistance movements can limit or eliminate the use of mass killings by repressive governments during popular uprisings. In particular, Perkoski will explore how—and to what extent—nonviolent resistance movements have historically mitigated the likelihood of mass killings, discussing his research finding that nonviolent uprisings that do not receive significant foreign material aid and manage to gain military defections tend to be the safest. These findings shed light on how both dissidents and their foreign allies can work together to reduce the likelihood of violent confrontations and mass killings as a form of repression.
Dr. Evan Perkoski is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. His research focuses on the dynamics of rebel, insurgent, and terrorist groups; strategies of violent and nonviolent resistance; and the behavior of state and non-state actors in cyberspace. His current book manuscript explores the breakdown of armed organizations, focusing particularly on the emergence of splinter groups and how they behave relative to their predecessors. He received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and has held fellowships at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
Relevant Webinar Reading
Nonviolent Resistance and Prevention of Mass Killings During Popular Uprisings, an ICNC Special Report by Evan Perkoski and Erica Chenoweth. Click here to download the report