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Video - Harvard Kennedy School

Why Civil Resistance Works

| Sep. 08, 2021

We are living in an age of mass political participation, and civil resistance has emerged as a mainstay of the many social movements active around the world. On this episode of "Behind the Book", we speak with Erica Chenoweth, Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard Kennedy School, about their new book, Civil Resistance: What Everyone Needs to Know, which provides a robust introduction to the theory and practice of civil resistance.

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- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

International Council Event Explores “The U.S.-China Rivalry in Five Dimensions”

The International Council is a prestigious group of senior business leaders and former government officials who care deeply about—and financially support—the Belfer Center’s mission to advance research, ideas, and leadership for a more secure, peaceful world. As part of a Center-wide effort to strengthen our community’s diversity, the Council has increased the number of female members four-fold in recent years. 

An illuminated traffic barrier is seen on the Capitol grounds before sunrise in Washington, Monday, March 8, 2021.

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

News - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Domestic Terrorist Plots Against the U.S. Government: How Serious is the Threat?

We asked several of our experts in intelligence and political violence to share their thoughts on the U.S. Capitol Police statement that militia groups may be planning to blow up the Capitol and “kill as many members as possible” during the upcoming (and still unscheduled) State of the Union address.  Erica Chenoweth, Paul Kolbe, Farah Pandith, and Nickolas Roth share their views. 

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

AP/John Minchillo, File

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.

a Syrian army tank firing during a battle against Islamic State militants in Deir el-Zour

SANA via AP, File

Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Affairs

The Death and Life of Terrorist Networks

| Oct. 05, 2020

The authors explain why over recent decades, militant groups with the kind of vast international network of affiliates, allies, and supporters that ISIS has assembled have proved difficult to defeat. Alliances have helped ISIS expand and gain influence in good times and have relieved pressure by deflecting attention toward affiliates in bad times. 

Protesters raise white papers

AP/Kin Cheung

Journal Article - Journal of Democracy

The Future of Nonviolent Resistance

| July 2020

This article argues that the decreased success of nonviolent civil resistance was due not only to savvier state responses, but also to changes in the structure and capabilities of civil-resistance movements themselves. Perhaps counterintuitively, the coronavirus pandemic may have helped to address some of these underlying problems by driving movements to turn their focus back to relationship-building, grassroots organizing, strategy, and planning.

Audio - Harvard Kennedy School

A Historic Crossroads for Systemic Racism and Policing in America

| June 08, 2020

After 400 years of systemic discrimination against black people in America, the volcanic reaction to video of the brutal killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis has pushed America to another major inflection point in its seemingly endless struggle with race. Hundreds of thousands of Americans, both black people and allies from other racial identities, have taken to the streets to decry police brutality and systemic discrimination, and to demand change. PolicyCast Host Thoko Moyo welcomes Harvard Kennedy School Professors Khalil Muhammad and Erica Chenoweth for a discussion on the demanded change.