A Webinar with Isak Svennson
Noon to 1 pm (EDT), Thursday, October 17, 2019
This webinar explores how people living in jihadist proto-states organized by groups like ISIS have used civil resistance —including acts of popular disobedience, non-cooperation, protests and public defiance—against such regimes to improve their lives and defend their values. These are situations where one might not expect civil resistance efforts to occur at all—when extremist, armed, and very violent Islamist rebel groups take control over a piece of territory, set up institutions resembling state-structures, and proclaim and enforce strict interpretations of sharia religious laws. Yet, important examples exist. In this webinar, we will be drawing insights from empirical studies looking at experiences of civil resistance in Mali, Syria and Iraq (Mosul).
Isak Svensson is Professor at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden. His research focus on religious dimensions of armed conflict, international mediation in civil wars, and dynamics of nonviolent civil resistance. He has authored or edited ten books and over 50 articles, book-chapters and books in international academic journals and presses, including Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, European Journal of International Relations, International Negotiation, Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press. He is project leader of the international research project ‘Resolving Jihadist Conflicts? Religion, Civil Wars and Prospects for Peace’, as well as for the research project ‘Battles without Bullets: Exploring Unarmed Conflicts’. Svensson has written several studies on nonviolent resistance, including on the structural factors that can help enable the onset of nonviolent uprisings (Butcher & Svensson 2016), political jujitsu (Sutton, Butcher & Svensson 2014), strategic substitution (Svensson & Lindgren 2013), the role of mediation in nonviolent uprisings (Svensson & Lundgren 2018), and ethnic cleavages in nonviolent uprisings (Svensson & Lindgren 2011). Currently, Svensson is working on a book project on civil resistance in the context of jihadist proto-states. To read more about Isak’s publications, click here.
Relevant Webinar Readings:
Confronting the Caliphate (Working Paper) – Isak Svennson and Daniel Finnbogason
How Ordinary Iraqis Resisted the Islamic State – Isak Svensson, Jonathan Hall, Dino Krause and Eric Skoog
Can Political Struggle Against ISIL Succeed Where Violence Cannot? – Maciej Bartkowski
Nonviolent Strategies to Defeat Totalitarians such as ISIS – Maciej Bartkowski
Nonviolent Resistance Against the Mafia: Italy (Chapter from Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability & Justice) – Shaazka Beyerle
ISIS: Nonviolent Resistance? – Eli McCarthy
Dissolving Terrorism at its Roots – Hardy Merriman & Jack DuVall
Civil Resistance vs. ISIS – Maria Stephan
Defeating ISIS Through Civil Resistance? – Maria Stephan
How to Stop Extremism Before it Starts – Maria Stephan & Shaazka Beyerle