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LUCIR Lecture: The Power of Civil Resistance

Tuesday 12 November 2019
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague

Civil Resistance: What Everyone Needs to Know

Erica Chenoweth will discuss the surprising history of civil resistance. Sometimes called nonviolent resistance, unarmed struggle, or nonviolent action, this form of political action is now a mainstay across the globe. Chenoweth will address what civil resistance is, trends in the use of civil resistance around the globe, how it works, why it sometimes fails, how violence and repression affect it, and the long-term impacts of such resistance. She will draw upon historical cases of civil resistance and more contemporary examples such as the Arab Awakenings and various ongoing movements in the United States and beyond. The talk draws upon research for her forthcoming book, Civil Resistance: What Everyone Needs to Know, due out with Oxford University Press in 2020.

About the speaker

Erica Chenoweth, Ph.D. is the Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School and a Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Chenoweth’s research focuses on political violence and its alternatives. Foreign Policy magazine ranked her among the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2013 for her efforts to promote the empirical study of civil resistance. She is the author of Civil Action and the Dynamics of Violence (Oxford, 2019), with Deborah Avant, Marie E. Berry, Rachel A. Epstein, Cullen Hendrix, Oliver Kaplan, and Timothy Sisk; The Oxford Handbook of Terrorism (Oxford, 2019) with Richard English, Andreas Gofas, and Stathis N. Kalyvas; The Politics of Terror (Oxford, 2018) with Pauline Moore; Rethinking Violence: States and Non-State Actors in Conflict (MIT, 2010) with Adria Lawrence; Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict (Columbia University Press, 2011) with Maria J. Stephan; and Political Violence (Sage, 2013).


Isabelle Duyvesteyn, Professor of International Studies / Global History at the Leiden University Institute for History


Corinna Jentzsch, Assistant Professor at the Leiden University Institute of Political Science


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