Minds of the Movement

An ICNC blog on the people and power of civil resistance

The Voice Behind Our Articles

Authors

Shaazka Beyerle

Shaazka Beyerle is a Senior Research Advisor in the Program on Nonviolent Action at the United States Institute of Peace, and a Senior Advisor at ICNC. She is also the author of Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability and Justice (Rienner 2014).

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Binalakshmi "Bina" Nepram

Binalakshmi “Bina” Nepram is an award-winning scholar and civil rights activist who is currently a visiting scholar at Connecticut College. Bina was born in Manipur Nation currently located in India’s northeast region next to Myanmar. She is the founder of three organizations working on peace and justice and has authored five books.

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Omar Lopez

Omar Lopez is President of the Latin American Center for Nonviolence and Human Rights Director at the Cuban American National Foundation. He is also a radio talk show host with Radio Television Marti and regular media contributor.

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Sara Vazquez Melendez

Sara Vazquez Melendez is an anthropologist, farmer, activist and educator in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Through her school in civil resistance, and her agroecology farm, she provides a framework for decolonization, as well as methods for building an alternative future.

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Andy Buschmann

Andy Buschmann is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA) as well as Oxford University (UK). His work focuses on the interlinks between protest, authoritarianism, and public opinion. He has been studying the emergence and development of the “Be Water” movement while residing in Hong Kong since early June 2019.

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Farai Maguwu

Farai Maguwu is the founding Director of the Centre for Natural Resource Governance (CNRG), a leading organization working on improved governance of natural resources in Zimbabwe. In 2011, Human Rights Watch honored him with the prestigious Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism. Farai is a PhD candidate at the School of Developmental Studies, University of Kwazulu Natal and holds two Masters.

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Mina Yousefi

Mina Yousefi is an Iranian journalist and academic. She has been working in investigative journalism for more than 12 years focusing on civil society and governance. During the last three years, at Brandeis University (USA), she has been conducting Masters-level research on corruption in Iran and the way this phenomenon has been changing civil dynamics.

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Elizabeth A. Wilson

Elizabeth A. Wilson is the author of People Power and International Human Rights: Creating a Legal Framework (International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, 2017). She is a human rights lawyer, currently visiting scholar at Rutgers Law School-Newark and formerly Assistant Professor of English at Yale University.

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Sonja Stojadinovic

Sonja Stojadinovic holds bachelor and master degrees in political science and international relations, both obtained on the Faculty of Law, Skopje, University of St. Cyril and Methodius, Republic of North Macedonia. She is also an activist and well-known columnist for North Macedonian daily newspapers and regional political web sites.

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Stephen Zunes

Dr. Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he serves as coordinator of the program in Middle Eastern Studies. He serves as a senior policy analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, an associate editor of Peace Review, a contributing editor of Tikkun, and served for seven years as the first chair of ICNC’s academic advisory committee.

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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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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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James Gomez

Dr. James Gomez is Chair, Board of Directors of the Asia Centre, a not-for-profit social enterprise that seeks to create human rights impact. A Singapore national and former politician, he is a regular news contributor and international expert.

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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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Julius Okoth

Julius Okoth is a social justice crusader based in Nairobi, Kenya, and currently serves as coordinator of the Kenyans for Tax Justice movement. Julius is an alum of ICNC’s Learning Initiatives Network Fellowship (2016).

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Hasler Iglesias

Hasler Iglesias is a 27-year-old Venezuelan engineer, activist, and leader of the Voluntad Popular party. He is an alum of the ICNC Latin America Regional Institute (2018) and ICNC-Rutgers Course (fall 2018).

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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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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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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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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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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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Mary King

Mary King is a professor of peace and conflict studies at the UN-affiliated University for Peace. She is also a Distinguished Rothermere American Institute Fellow at the University of Oxford, Britain. Her work for the U.S. civil rights movement includes having served on the staff of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

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Carinne Luck

Carinne Luck is an organizer, trainer, and strategist living in Brooklyn, New York, USA. She is a co-founder of civil resistance groups If Not Now and By The People, a project to impeach Donald Trump, and a member of the Momentum community. She currently co-leads the Rooted in Resilience Mapping Project with Faith Matters Network.

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Oakley Hill

Oakley Hill is currently pursuing a masters degree in conflict analysis and resolution at George Mason University, USA. His research interests include peace education in divided societies, using political science data to inform nonviolent resistance strategies, and systemic violence in the United States.

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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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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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Lindsay Littrell

Lindsay Littrell is a Ph.D. student, educator, and a recipient of a 2018-2019 ICNC Curriculum Fellowship. Lindsay’s research interests include the intersections of critical feminisms and social work with civil resistance, transnational solidarity work, and decentering whiteness in the building of collective liberation.

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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. Previously, he served as 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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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 former ICNC Learning Initiatives Network Fellow, and co-founder and outgoing director of Solidarity Uganda. He reports extensively on resistance movements and is author of A Wolf Dressed in Sheepskin: A White Guy’s Dilemma in a Ugandan Jail Cell. Phil lives in Uganda and can be reached at phil@wagingnonviolence.org.

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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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Mohamed Nabil Bennaidja

Mohamed Nabil Bennaidja is a second-year candidate of a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (USA), concentrating on conflict resolution and international negotiation with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.

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