This webinar was presented by Stephen Zunes
Watch the webinar below:
1. Introduction of the Speaker: 00:00- 00:59
2. Presentation: 00:59 – 31:24
3. Questions and Answers: 31:24– 52:38
Due to the remarkable successes of civil resistance in legitimate pro-democracy struggles against autocratic governments, increasing numbers of political parties/coalitions in polarized societies are using many of its tactics to attempt to oust democratically elected governments which have fallen into disfavor with a significant portion of the population. On average, such movements have differed from more traditional anti-authoritarian civil insurrections in that they generally had a smaller base of support, were more prone to violence, were more dependent on elite allies (i.e., the military, the monarchy, corrupt judiciary, business interests, foreign powers), were less likely to have democratic goals, were less likely to succeed, and were less likely to resolve the underlying conflicts within the society. Nevertheless, a number of such uprisings have been successful, such as those in Ukraine, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, and Egypt. The webinar will examine several examples of such insurrections, including the similarities and differences between them as well as address the questions such as: At what point might, due to severe repression or massive corruption, a government lose its right to rule, even if it was democratically elected? What if it simply loses majority support and impatient oppositionists don’t want to wait until the next election cycle? What if the resistance includes powerful and influential anti-democratic elements and other vested interests interested in political control than the common good?
He serves as a senior policy analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies, an associate editor of Peace Review, a contributing editor of Tikkun, and a member of the academic advisory council for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.
He is the author of scores of articles for scholarly and general readership on Middle Eastern politics, U.S. foreign policy, international terrorism, nuclear nonproliferation, strategic nonviolent action, and human rights.
He is the principal editor of Nonviolent Social Movements (Blackwell Publishers, 1999), the author of Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism (Common Courage Press, 2003) and co-author (with Jacob Mundy) of Western Sahara: War, Nationalism and Conflict Irresolution (Syracuse University Press, 2010.)
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- Velasco, Alejandro. “Where Are the Barrios? Protest and History in Venezuela — Cultural Anthropology.” Where Are the Barrios? Protest and History in Venezuela — Cultural Anthropology. N.p., 2015. Web. 31 Aug. 2016.
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