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Peace Studies Lecture - Erica Chenoweth

11/12/14 7:30pm to 9:30pm

The Peace Studies Lecture this year will be presented by Dr. Erica Chenoweth"Why Civil Resistance Works: Unarmed Conflict in the Past and Future.”

Prof. Erica Chenoweth will discuss her book, co-authored with Maria Stephan, "Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict,"  which argues that between 1900 and 2006, campaigns of nonviolent resistance were more than twice as effective as violent insurgencies. Nonviolent resistance presents fewer obstacles to moral and physical involvement, information and education, and participator commitment, leading to enhanced resilience, a greater probability of tactical innovation, increased opportunity for civic disruption, and shifts in loyalty among opponents. Moreover, nonviolent resistance movements tend to usher in more durable and internally peaceful democracies.

Erica Chenoweth, Ph.D. is Associate Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and an Associate Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO). An internationally recognized authority 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. Chenoweth received the 2014 Karl Deutsch Award, given annually to the scholar under the age of 40 who has made the greatest impact on the field of international politics or peace research. Together with Maria J. Stephan she won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order and the 2012 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the best book on government, politics, or international affairs.

This event is offered by the Peace Studies Program, supported by funding from the Rainer Oppenheim Fund for International Understanding.

For more information, please contact Dr. Christopher Buck.