The Fostering a Fourth Democratic Wave project seeks to catalyze support for nonviolent pro-democracy movements fighting against authoritarian rule.
Fostering a Fourth Democratic Wave is a joint project between the Atlantic Council and the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), aimed at catalyzing support for nonviolent pro-democracy movements fighting against authoritarian rule. If democracies are to prevail in an era of great power competition, they need an actionable, evidence-based plan for pushing back on authoritarianism and supporting a new wave of democratic transitions, which we refer to as the “Fourth Democratic Wave.”
The project recognizes that civil resistance movements—using tactics such as strikes, boycotts, civil disobedience, and a range of other nonviolent tactics—are one of the most powerful forces for democracy worldwide and therefore central to reversing the last fifteen years of democratic recession. The projected resulted in the report Fostering a Fourth Democratic Wave: A Playbook for Countering the Authoritarian Threat, that centers on steps that the US and its allies can take to support pro-democracy civil resistance movements, which are at the core of democratic transitions.
1. Proposes new approaches and tools to support civil resistance movements.
2. Advances a new international norm — the “Right to Assistance” to pro-democracy movements — and identifes steps to advance and implement it.
3. Develops strategic and tactical options to constrain authoritarian regimes and drive up the cost of their repression.
Fostering a Fourth Democratic Wave: A Playbook for Countering the Authoritarian Threat
The playbook will draw on cutting edge research to articulate effective strategic and tactical options.
Engage scholars, experts, and activists on democracy and human rights across all major regions to address topics critical to effective international support for civil resistance movements.