Rapid Field Research and Data Collection Projects
The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) recognizes the value of researching and documenting civil resistance campaigns and movements while they happen, or shortly thereafter. In order to ensure that there is a mechanism to support local partners—such as activists, scholars, and journalists—in recording, documenting and analyzing movements, ICNC has set up a Rapid Field Research and Data Collection Program. Our research interests include local or national campaigns by reformist or revolutionary movements.
Pashtun Protection Movement
The Nonviolent Campaign of the Pashtun Protection Movement in Pakistan
By: Qamar Jafri
The Pashtun Protection Movement Pakistan (PTMP) is a youth-led nonviolent resistance campaign for human rights for the Pashtun people in northwestern Pakistan. This movement’s is reminiscent of Pashtun historical icon Bacha Khan’s organizing nonviolent action for justice in Pakistan’s past. How are these young Pashtuns differentiating themselves from violent religious extremists (e.g. Taliban Movement) and resisting government repression and mistreatment through nonviolent resistance activities? How do they develop and use nonviolent strategies and tactics in their protests and actions? How do they engage supporters and opponents of the movement? How do they manage funding and media coverage of their activities? The study seeks to answer these and other questions questions via relevant field research and data collection and is funded by the ICNC as part of its 2018 rapid field data collection grant.
Qamar Jafri is a PhD candidate in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University Australia.His PhD research focuses on identity conflicts, civil society, civil resistance, human rights, and nonviolent strategies for peacebuilding. He is the recipient of the 2017 RMIT PhD scholarship and a 2018 ICNC rapid research and data collection fellowship on civil resistance. He has worked for more than ten years in education, research, and the non-profit sector in Pakistan.