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Panel Discussion on Nonviolent Resistance and Prevention of Mass Killings during Popular Uprisings
June 1, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pmFree
This is a featured organizational event on PCDN
Join us on June 1st for a free public discussion on nonviolent resistance and the prevention of mass killings during popular uprisings. This event is designed to appeal to a variety of specialist and non-specialist audiences, including:
- Scholars and students of political science, international relations, conflict resolution, and other related fields.
- Civil society actors whose work supports social movements in the US and worldwide.
- NGO and international NGO staff whose work centers on international affairs, conflict resolution, and other related fields.
- Journalists, media actors, and concerned global citizens interested in learning more about groundbreaking research by leading public intellectuals.
This event coincides with the release of a new publication in the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict’s (ICNC) Special Report Series, entitled “Nonviolent Resistance and Prevention of Mass Killings During Popular Uprisings“, authored by outstanding scholars Evan Perkoski of the University of Connecticut and Erica Chenoweth of the University of Denver.
Special Report Summary:
What drives governments to crack down on and kill their own civilians? And how—and to what extent—has nonviolent resistance historically mitigated the likelihood of mass killings? This special report explores the factors associated with mass killings: when governments intentionally kill 1,000 or more civilian noncombatants. We find that these events are surprisingly common, occurring in just under half of all maximalist popular uprisings against states, yet they are strongly associated with certain types of resistance. Nonviolent uprisings that do not receive foreign material aid and that manage to gain military defections tend to be the safest. These findings shed light on how both dissidents and their foreign allies can work together to reduce the likelihood of violent confrontations.