Faculty Resources for Adding Civil Resistance Content to Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution Programs

Presented by: Steve Chase, Manager of Academic Initiatives, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict; Colins Imoh, University of Toledo
Presented at: 13th International Conference on CRE, Columbus, OH
Date of Session: April 5, 2019

Session Description: There are times when diplomacy, dialogue, mediation, and conflict prevention efforts are not sufficient by themselves to win rights, freedom, and justice. Recent research also documents that nonviolent civil resistance campaigns are more effective than just using “normal institutional channels” such as elections, lobbying, and litigation, one-off mass protests, or violent rebellions when undemocratic power elites dominate a county’s economic and political life. This has been shown to be true in dictatorships, authoritarian societies, and in formal or backsliding democracies like the United States. Can peace studies and conflict resolution education programs be complete without exploring civil resistance movements and strategies? What resources are available to faculty members wanting to learn about and teach students about this often neglected, but very important element of conflict transformation? This workshop will share the many academic resources available from the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, a Washington, D.C.-based educational foundation that promotes the study and use of civil resistance movements and campaigns and supports innovative faculty research, teaching, and publishing.