Minds of the Movement

An ICNC blog on the people and power of civil resistance

The Voice Behind Our Articles

Authors

Rachel MacNair

Rachel MacNair has authored several books in peace psychology. She is Director of the Institute for Integrated Social Analysis, research arm of the Consistent Life Network. She has a Bachelor’s in Peace and Conflict Studies, and a Ph.D. in Psychology.

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Lilit Makunts

Since May 2018, Lilit Makunts serves as Minister of Culture of Armenia. Previously, she was an Associate Professor at the Russian-Armenian University in Yerevan. Since June 2012, she has been fostering civic awareness both in Yerevan and rural areas of Armenia. She is an ICNC Curriculum Fellow (2016-17) and ICNC Summer Institute alumna (2015).

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Lester R. Kurtz

Lester R. Kurtz is professor of public sociology at George Mason University Korea, where he teaches peace and conflict studies, comparative sociology of religion, and social theory. He is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute of Nanjing Massacre History and International Peace and an ICNC Academic Advisor.

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Biram Dah Abeid

Biram Dah Abeid is an anti-slavery activist and politician from Mauritania. He founded the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA-Mauritania). IRA was a recipient of the 2016 James Lawson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Nonviolent Conflict.

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Kara Kingma Neu

Kara Kingma Neu, PhD (International Studies, Josef Korbel School, University of Denver) is a Research Fellow at the Sie Cheou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver. Kara was a recipient of the ICNC 2016 Research Fellowship award.

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Mariam Azeem

Mariam Azeem is an activist and civil resistance trainer from Pakistan. She is passionate about nonviolent conflict, transformational leadership, human rights education and creating participatory and accountable citizenship and democracy.

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Maria Stephan

Dr. Maria J. Stephan directs the Program on Nonviolent Action at the U.S. Institute of Peace, which focuses on applied research, training and education and informing policies and practice related to civil resistance, nonviolent action and their roles in transforming violent conflict and advancing just peace.

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Lee A. Smithey

Lee A. Smithey serves as Coordinator of the Peace and Conflict Studies program at Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania, USA. He is associate professor in the same program and also serves as ICNC Academic Advisor. Previously, he served as Chair of the Peace, War, and Social Conflict section of the American Sociological Association.

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Brian Martin

Brian Martin, emeritus professor of social sciences at the University of Wollongong in Australia, is the author of 18 books and hundreds of articles on nonviolence, dissent, scientific controversies and other topics. He serves on the ICNC Academic Council.

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Leonie Fleischmann

Dr. Leonie Fleischmann is a Lecturer in International Politics at City, University of London, where she Directs the Postgraduate Program in Human Rights. She is also a 2017-2018 Research Fellow with the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.

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Ilam Khan

Ilam Khan is pursuing a Ph.D. at the Center for International Peace and Stability (CIPS) at the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST). He is also currently a Research Fellow in the department of Political Science and Legal Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA.

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Liza López

Liza López is a seasoned Venezuelan journalist and media coordinator for Venezuelan newspapers El Universal, El Nacional, and Últimas Noticias. She is also Director and Editor in Chief of Marcapasos, a chronicles magazine that she founded 10 years ago, which focuses on ordinary peoples’ stories that are little explored in the mainstream media.

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Eduardo Burger

Eduardo Burger is a long-time screenwriter and dramatic arts teacher. He creates educational projects and develops media content on human rights, mostly through community engagement, visual arts workshops, and other innovative approaches.

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Leanne Erdberg

Leanne Erdberg is the director of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) at the U.S. Institute of Peace where she directs USIP’s CVE program that includes work focused on CVE Research, CVE Practice, and CVE Policy. Previously, Leanne held several advisory positions in the U.S. government.

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Giorgi Meladze

Giorgi Meladze is Director of the Center for Constitutional Research at Ilia State University in Tbilissi, Georgia. He is also Executive Director of the Liberty Institute. Mr. Meladze teaches at various universities in Georgia and provides grassroots training to human rights activists and campaigners internationally.

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Deborah Mathis

As ICNC’s Director of Communications, Deborah develops, executes and coordinates ICNC’s communications, marketing, and media relations, working in collaboration with the organization’s staff and advisors. She helped develop the Minds of the Movement blog and is co-editor.

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Felix S. Bethke

Felix S. Bethke is a researcher at the Cologne Centre for Comparative Politics and an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Development and Peace. His current research focuses on how civil resistance influences political developments.

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Cécile Mouly

Cécile Mouly is a research professor specializing in peace and conflict studies at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) Ecuador. She holds a Ph.D. in International Studies from Cambridge University. Her research interests include civil resistance in the context of armed conflicts and the role of civil society in peacebuilding.

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Juan Masullo

Juan Masullo, Ph.D. (European University Institute), is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Bremen International Graduate School of the Social Sciences. His academic interests include civil wars, collective action, civil resistance and, more broadly, contentious politics. Previously, in 2016-17, Juan was a Research Fellow at Yale University’s Program on Order, Conflict and Violence.

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Lisha Sterling

Lisha Sterling is executive director of Geeks Without Bounds, a nonprofit organization supporting open source technology in low resource situations through education, hackathons, and an accelerator program to help promising humanitarian technology projects become sustainable. She is also on the board of directors at Frontline Wellness United.

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Amy Schmidt

Amy is a writer, yoga teacher, activist and student. She most recently worked as the executive director of a nonprofit healthcare organization, before moving on to continue her education. She currently resides in Costa Rica, where she is enrolled in an MA program at the University for Peace.

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Bhavana Mahajan

Bhavana is a public policy and communications strategist by day and writer by night. She has published opinion pieces on societal transformation, narratives in conflict and the power of media. She lives and works in Kabul, Afghanistan and New Delhi, India.

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Markus Bayer

Markus Bayer is a Political Scientist and Ph.D. student at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. His writings have been published in Peacebuilding and the Journal of Peace Research.

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Michael Wilson Becerril

Michael Wilson Becerril is a Mexico City native, a 2017-2018 Peace Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace, and a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His work focuses on peace and conflict in Latin America.

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Ketakandriana Rafitoson

Ketakandriana Rafitoson is a Malagasy lawyer, political scientist and democracy activist. She also holds Masters degrees in Human Rights and Population and Development, and works with a citizen empowerment group called Wake Up Madagascar. She is a fellow of the ICNC Summer Institute and the ICNC Learning Initiatives Network.

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Matteo Dressler

Matteo Dressler is a Programme Officer and researcher for the Conflict Transformation Research programme of  the Berghof Foundation. His current research focuses include nonviolent resistance, inclusivity in peace processes and post-conflict armed social violence.

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Maia Hallward

Maia Carter Hallward, Ph.D., is a Professor of Middle East Politics in the School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development at Kennesaw State University and Executive Editor of the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development. She has published four books and over a dozen peer-reviewed articles on peacebuilding and activism.

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Peter Ackerman

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, where he presently is the Chairman of the Board, and he is co-author of two seminal books on nonviolent resistance, A Force More Powerful and Strategic Nonviolent Conflict.

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Hailey Grace Steele

Hailey Grace Steele is a graduate student at the University of Alabama where she is pursuing a master’s degree in journalism. Her research focuses on the effects of individuals’ disposition toward social groups on support for protest, as well as the influence of protest tactics on media frames of dissent. Hailey Grace has worked as an editorial intern for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict since March 2017.

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Lammi Begna

Lammi studied Chemical Engineering at Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia, and is a human rights activist who spent several years in Ethiopian prisons for fighting against injustice to Oromo people. He authored a book called Under a Gun Barrel. After five years of incarceration he was released in 2013. He supported the Oromo uprising of 2016 and played an underground leading role.

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Gabriel Dayley

Gabriel Dayley is the Executive Director of the Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC and Chief Editor of The Arrow: A Journal of Wakeful Society, Culture & Politics. He completed his MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University. Gabe works at ICNC in support of Global Field Initiatives.

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Johnson Ching-Yin Yeung

Johnson Ching-Yin Yeung was an organizer of the 2014 Hong Kong Umbrella Movement. Working on mass demonstrations calling for electoral reform and political rights, he was the spokesman of Civil Human Rights Front. He is a recipient of the 2017 ICNC Curriculum Fellowship Award.

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Evgeniya Chirikova

Since the summer of 2006, Evgeniya Chirikova has been a central actor in a grassroots movement to save Khimki forest in Russia. Evgeniya has been recognized internationally for her activism, including as recipient of ICNC’s James Lawson Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Practice of Nonviolent Conflict in 2013.

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David Riveros Garcia

David is the Executive Director of reAcción, a grassroots NGO in Paraguay that promotes transparency, citizen engagement, and anti-corruption. He founded reAcción at age 17 after leading a 3 week-long peaceful demonstration against corruption in the education system.

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Hardy Merriman

Hardy Merriman is President of ICNC. He has worked in the field of civil resistance for nearly 15 years, presenting at workshops for activists and organizers around the world; speaking widely with academics, journalists, and members of international organizations; and developing resources for practitioners and scholars.

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Phil Wilmot

Phil Wilmot is a 2016 ICNC Learning Initiatives Network Fellow, farmer, and writer from northern Uganda, where he co-founded an activist network known as Solidarity Uganda that trains communities for civil resistance. He writes for Waging Nonviolence, Mobilisation Lab, and Jesus the Organizer.

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Amber French

Amber French is Editorial Advisor at ICNC, where she launched and now manages ICNC Press and its acclaimed Monograph series. Amber led the development of the Nonviolent Conflict News site (NVCNews.org) and of the Minds of the Movement blog, for which she is now co-editor.

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Tom Hastings

Tom Hastings is Assistant Professor and co-coordinator of the undergraduate program in Conflict Resolution at Portland (Oregon) State University, USA. He has written extensively about nonviolence and other peace and conflict topics.

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Jack DuVall

Jack DuVall is Senior Counselor and Founding Director of ICNC. From 2002 through 2014, he served as President of ICNC. Prior to that, from 1997 through 2001, he collaborated with Peter Ackerman and Steve York in developing the documentary television series “A Force More Powerful,” of which he was executive producer.

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Kirsten Han

Kirsten Han is a Singaporean freelance journalist and activist, covering politics, human rights and social justice. She is the co-founder of We Believe in Second Chances, a campaign for the abolition of capital punishment in Singapore.

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Joel Preston Smith

Joel Preston Smith is director of field operations and communications for Frontline Wellness United, a nonprofit medical aid society that provides medical care, wellness services and training for social justice activists and nonviolent civil resistance movements. He served in the pipeline resistance camps as evacuation manager and emergency shelter director for the Cannonball District of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

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Ramesh Sharma

Ramesh Sharma is National Coordinator of Ekta Parishad, a mass movement for land rights of marginalized populations in India. He has collaborated with and assisted other nonviolent movements in more than a dozen other countries. Ramesh has also delivered lectures at Cambridge University, the London School of Economics, and Oxford University as well as the British Parliamentary Committee.

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Consuelo Amat

Consuelo Amat is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Yale University and a USIP Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar. Consuelo studies state repression, civil society development, and nonviolent and armed resistance. Her past professional experience includes working at the Brookings Institution and at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.

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Steve Chase

Steve Chase is a long-time activist, educator, and writer. He was an editor at South End Press for many years, the founding director of Antioch University’s master’s level activist training program in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability, and is currently ICNC’s Manager of Academic Initiatives.

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Maciej Bartkowski

Dr. Maciej Bartkowski is Senior Director for Education and Research at ICNC. He works on academic programs for students, faculty, and educators to support teaching, research and study on civil resistance. He is a series editor of the ICNC Monographs and ICNC Special Reports, and book editor of Recovering Nonviolent History.

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