Dr. Erica Chenoweth
Assistant Professor of Government
The New School University
Dr. Erica Chenoweth contests myths about the effectiveness and necessity of violence as a method of resistance. She also presents evidence that shows that nonviolent resistance can be a superior method of resistance, even against regimes who try to use extreme brutality to silence dissent. She distinguishes between insurgencies (and “terrorist” groups) who may be open to the idea of abandoning violence, and those who are likely to maintain violence even when other alternatives are possible. Chenoweth also discusses how to increase awareness among the policy community and the public about the strategic advantages of nonviolent resistance.
Nichole Argo speaks about the role of sacred beliefs and the impact they have on whether or not movements choose to use violence or nonviolent in their struggle.
- Chenoweth, Erica & Stephan, Maria. Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict.