Speaker: Dr. Erica Chenoweth / Assistant Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver
Date: Monday, June 16th, 2014
Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Description: This session will discuss how repression affects nonviolent campaigns, provide empirical evidence that nonviolent movements are often effective even against brutally oppressive opponents. Erica discusses how movements “manage” repression through the promotion of backfire, as well as the strategic options movements have in dealing with repression. She also provides evidence suggesting that nonviolent movements that adopt violence or develop armed wings are not usually advantaged relative to nonviolent movements. This is because using violence against the regime, even when provoked, can undermine the necessary public participation that nonviolent campaigns enjoy, and can also undermine the backfiring of regime repression.
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