Hardy Merriman - PresidentHardy Merriman is President of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC).  His work focuses on how grassroots civil resistance movements around the world can successfully fight for rights, freedom, and justice.  He lectures widely to scholars, practitioners, and members of civil society.

Mr. Merriman has contributed to the books Is Authoritarianism Staging a Comeback? (2015) by The Atlantic Council (ed.), Civilian Jihad: Nonviolent Struggle, Democratization, and Governance in the Middle East (2010) by Maria Stephan (ed.), and Waging Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century Practice and 21st Century Potential (2005) by Gene Sharp.  He has also written about the role of nonviolent action in countering terrorism and co-authored A Guide to Effective Nonviolent Struggle, a training curriculum for activists.  For a full publication list, click here.  He has worked with the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict since 2005, prior to that with the Albert Einstein Institution from 2002.
Mr. Merriman has worked with activists from around the world and is also Institute Director for the James Lawson Institute, an eight-day intensive program for North American organizers and activists.  His work with academics and members of civil society includes presenting on diverse topics related to nonviolent civil resistance at venues such as the Australian Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (University of Queensland), Cambridge University (UK), the Center for Victims of Torture (Minneapolis, Minnesota), the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University), Harvard University, Middlebury College, Monterey Institute for International Studies, Oberlin College, Stanford University, Swarthmore College, the United States Institute of Peace, Wesleyan University, and many other venues.  He is a graduate of Oberlin College.