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a protester holds a sign that reads "BLACK LIVES MATTER"

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Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

This Summer's Black Lives Matter Protesters Were Overwhelmingly Peaceful, Our Research Finds

| Oct. 16, 2020

Erica Chenoweth and Jeremy Pressman's research shows that the Black Lives Matter uprisings of summer 2020 were remarkably nonviolent. When there was violence, very often police or counterprotesters were reportedly directing it at the protesters.

BlackLives Matter Protest

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Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

The Floyd Protests are the Broadest in U.S. History — and Are Spreading to White, Small-town America

| June 06, 2020

Across the country, people are protesting the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery and demanding action against police violence and systemic racism. National media focuses on the big demonstrations and protest policing in major cities, but they have not picked up on a different phenomenon that may have major long-term consequences for politics. Protests over racism and #BlackLivesMatter are spreading across the country — including in small towns with deeply conservative politics. The authors focus on what is happening in the "swing state" of Pennsylvania in order to give a sense of what is driving these dynamics.

Around 7000 protesters gathered in downtown Minneapolis to denounce Republican President Trump and express solidarity with immigrants

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Magazine Article - UConn Today

Stepping up the Science of Street Protests

| Oct. 23, 2019

In an article published Oct. 23 in Sciences Advances, "The Science of Contemporary Street Protest: New Efforts in the United States," HKS Professor Erica Chenoweth, UConn Professor Jeremy Pressman, and their colleagues outline the challenges and limitations associated with studying protests scientifically on a large scale.

anti-Trump protest near Trump Tower Chicago following Trump's inauguration

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Journal Article - Science Advances

The Science of Contemporary Street Protest: New Efforts in the United States

| Oct. 23, 2019

Since the inauguration of Donald Trump, there has been substantial and ongoing protest against the Administration. Street demonstrations are some of the most visible forms of opposition to the Administration and its policies. This article reviews the two most central methods for studying street protest on a large scale: building comprehensive event databases and conducting field surveys of participants at demonstrations. After discussing the broader development of these methods, this article provides a detailed assessment of recent and ongoing projects studying the current wave of contention.

About 500 people gathered outside an ICE location at the Fort Snelling Whipple Federal Building in St. Paul, Minnesota

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Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

The Anti-Trump ‘Lights for Liberty’ Events Might be the Most Significant Protests You’ve Never Heard Of

| July 31, 2019

The authors analyze data from the recent—and relatively under-reported—'Lights for  Liberty' protests and elaborate on four reasons why they are significant, especially for the 2020 election.

Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

Power without Influence: The Bush Administration’s Foreign Policy Failure in the Middle East

| Spring 2009

The George W. Bush administration's efforts in the Middle East failed to advance U.S. national security. The Bush administration did not defeat terrorism, promote democracy in the region, or stop nonconventional proliferation. It was unsuccessful because it relied too heavily on military force, showed an unwillingness to learn and adapt, and did not resolve long-standing policy contradictions. Given the Bush administration's failure in the Middle East, scholars should examine why material power does not automatically translate into international influence.