In recent years, a burgeoning literature has explored the strategic advantages of using nonviolent resistance to achieve positive political outcomes, such as regime change and democratization. Yet, despite one-fifth of largescale nonviolent campaigns occurring during the course of a civil war, we know little about the affect nonviolent resistance might have on the transformation of armed conflict. Bringing together the previously isolated literatures on nonviolent resistance and peacebuilding, this manuscript explores how nonviolent resistance can aid peacebuilding efforts that transform ongoing armed conflict, using data on all civil wars episodes since 1945. The finding show nonviolent resistance does have a positive impact on the resolution of armed conflict, with evidence deriving from a Large-N statistical analysis, out-of-sample prediction and structured-focused case studies.
About the Author:
Dr. Luke Abbs is a Fellow at the Centre of Religion, Reconciliation and Peace (CRRP), University of Winchester, and Associate Fellow at the Department of Government, University of Essex (since 2018). His research interests are nonviolent resistance and its impact on peace processes, religious peacebuilding, non-state armed actors, United Nations Peacekeeping, and mixed qualitative and quantitative methodology. Luke holds a PhD and MA in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent.