Live Academic Webinar on “Dynamics and Factors of Transition from Violence to Nonviolent Resistance”


Organiser: International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), Wednesday, November 12, 2014 / 12:00-1:00pm EST (18:00-19:00 GMT+1 Berlin time)

Based on the newly-published edited book “Civil Resistance and Conflict Transformation. Transitions from Armed to Nonviolent Struggles” (Routledge August 2014), this webinar will provide some insights on the interplay between civil resistance, armed insurgency and conflict transformation. Particular focus will be placed (both conceptually and empirically) on the phenomenon of armed groups shifting their conflict-waging strategies from violent to nonviolent means, especially in contexts which cannot be resolved by force but are also 'unripe' for conventional de-escalation methods such as negotiation and political integration. Relying on evidence from such various settings as South Africa, Palestine, Western Sahara, West Papua, Mexico, Colombia, Nepal and Egypt, the webinar talk will review the dynamics of organizational and strategic shifts from armed to unarmed conflict and factors inducing such transitions - from a change of leadership and a pragmatic re-evaluation of the goals and means of insurgency in the light of evolving inter-party power dynamics, to the search for new local or international allies and the cross-border emulation or diffusion of new repertoires of action.

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