Minds of the Movement

An ICNC blog on the people and power of civil resistance

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. She was formerly a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, where she co-led the Future of Authoritarianism project. Previously, Stephan directed policy and research at ICNC. She co-authored the award-winning study, Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict (Columbia University Press).