By Peter Ackerman
The Checklist to End Tyranny is the culmination of a 50-year mission to develop and share knowledge about how civil resistance campaigns can expand freedom in the world. ICNC is providing complimentary copies to dissidents as well as academics, foreign policy specialists, democracy promotion professionals, and members of the media.
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About the Book
Today the deadliest conflicts are not between states but rather within them, pitting tyrants against the populations they oppress. Over a century of data shows that civil resistance campaigns — employing strikes, boycotts, mass protests, and many other nonviolent tactics — are the most powerful means for societies to confront authoritarians.
The Checklist to End Tyranny is dedicated to enabling dissidents to become more strategic in their thinking and therefore more skillful in their quest to achieve democracy and human rights. This volume is also a unique resource in helping professionals in the foreign policy and democracy promotion communities to understand at a granular level what it takes for pro-democracy activists to end the dictatorships they are living under.
The stakes could not be higher. If the world is to have a Fourth Democratic Wave expanding freedom over oppression, then civil resistance campaigns will lead the way.
Book Launch Event
Watch the book launch event, hosted by Nonviolence International with moderator Rafif Jouejati and respondents Maria Stephan, Bayinga Simon Peter, and Mubarak Awad.
About the Author
Dr. Peter Ackerman is the Founding Chair of ICNC, and one of the world’s leading authorities on nonviolent conflict. He holds a Ph.D. from The Fletcher School, Tufts University, and is also co-author of two seminal books on nonviolent resistance, A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict (Palgrave/St. Martin’s Press, 2001) and Strategic Nonviolent Conflict: The Dynamics of People Power in the Twentieth Century (Praeger, 1994). Dr. Ackerman was the Executive Producer of the PBS-TV documentary, Bringing Down a Dictator, on the fall of Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic. It received a 2003 Peabody Award and the 2002 ABC News VideoSource Award of the International Documentary Association.
In addition, Dr. Ackerman serves as co-chair of the International Advisory Committee of the United States Institute of Peace. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of the Atlantic Council and is a member of the United States Paralympic Advisory Committee. Dr. Ackerman also served on the boards of CARE and the Council of Foreign Relations. He was for 15 years chairman of The Fletcher School Board of Overseers. Read more about Peter Ackerman.