Between 1900-2006, campaigns of nonviolent civil resistance were twice as successful as violent campaigns. Erica Chenoweth will talk about her research on the impressive historical record of civil resistance in the 20th century and discuss the promise of unarmed struggle in the 21st century.
Archive for category: Peacebuilding
In war we often see only the frontline stories of soldiers and combat. Zainab Salbi tells powerful “backline” stories of women who keep everyday life going during conflicts, and calls for women to have a place at the negotiating table once fighting is over.
Below the radar of the forthcoming Geneva-2 peace talks, Bosnian and Syrian women are holding meetings to discuss the lessons that must be learnt from the failure of the Dayton Agreement. However, without the voices of those who have the greatest stake in preserving peace in their countries, peace agreements […]
In Lebanon there is one gunshot a year that isn’t part of a scene of routine violence: The opening sound of the Beirut International Marathon. In a moving talk, marathon founder May El-Khalil explains why she believed a 26.2-mile running event could bring together a country divided for decades by […]
TransConflict is pleased to recommend a course, entitled “Information and intelligence cooperation in multifunctional international operations”, organized by the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), which includes a lecture by TransConflict Advisory Board member, Julian Harston.
Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams brings tough love to the dream of world peace, with her razor-sharp take on what “peace” really means, and a set of profound stories that zero in on the creative struggle — and sacrifice — of those who work for it.
In humanitarian emergencies across the world, people commonly look to their local faith communities for support. But does religion help people and societies to cope with and transition out of conflict and disaster, or is it ill-equipped, superstitious and fatalist, even creating conflict in the first place? Preliminary investigations have […]
Sexual violence during conflict is often used as a way to destroy indigenous populations. Sexual violence impacts not only the individual women, but the community as a whole. And acts of sexual violence are often more than isolated incidents, they can be part of a premeditated and systematic campaign to […]
In politics, it seems counter-intuitive to engage in dialogue with violent groups, with radicals and terrorists, and with the states that support them. But Jonas Gahr Støre, the former foreign minister of Norway, makes a compelling case for open discussion, even when values diverge, in an attempt to build greater […]
William Ury, author of “Getting to Yes,” offers an elegant, simple (but not easy) way to create agreement in even the most difficult situations – from family conflict to, perhaps, the Middle East.