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New ICNC Special Report
‘How to Win Well: Civil Resistance Breakthroughs and the Path to Democracy’
How do nonviolent resistance movements oust dictators? What effects do these different ways of ousting dictators have on countries’ long-term political trajectories? In this special report, Dr. Jonathan Pinckney traces the pathways through which civil resistance movements of the last seventy years have removed dictatorships and the impact of these different pathways on levels of democratic progress. He finds that pathways that involve campaign initiative, institutional mechanisms, and building cooperative norms – particularly negotiated transitions – tend to lead to the highest levels of democratic progress.
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Webinar and Special Report Launch:
‘Complementary Paths to Peace? Tracking Peacebuilding and Civil Resistance Strategies in Liberia’
ICNC is pleased to host Janel B. Galvanek and James Suah Shilue as they discuss their forthcoming case study on the integration of peacebuilding and civil resistance in Liberia, Working Tirelessly for Peace and Equality: Civil Resistance and Peacebuilding in Liberia —available soon for download from ICNC.
This webinar examines the methodologies and approaches of the various actors involved in civil resistance and peacebuilding throughout the various phases of conflict in Liberia, from a period of latent conflict to the post-settlement phase after 2003. Many different actors in Liberia pursued strategies of peacebuilding and civil resistance simultaneously, which led to the complementarity of their work and increased the impact they had on both political and civic reform, as well as on the ultimate peace process.
Expanding on sociologist Gene Sharp’s famous 198 methods of nonviolent action, veteran activist and organizer Michael Beer identifies scores of additional tactics in his new ICNC monograph, Civil Resistance Tactics in the 21st Century. Beer also proposes helpful new categories of nonviolent action. This publications is available for free download.
On a webinar on March 31, Beer was joined by ICNC Founding Director Dr. Peter Ackerman and veteran civil resistance scholar Shaazka Beyerle to discuss his findings.
ICNC is proud to present the newest addition to its popular Monograph Series, The Role of External Support in Nonviolent Campaigns: Poisoned Chalice or Holy Grail? by Drs. Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan, authors of the groundbreaking civil resistance classic, Why Civil Resistance Works.

Published by ICNC Press, this new report employs original, qualitative, and quantitative data to examine the ways that external assistance impacted the characteristics and success rates of post-2000 revolutionary nonviolent uprisings.
Homing in on eight nonviolent campaigns, Chenoweth and Stephan analyze the effects that training, funding, and other support from outside governmental and non-governmental actors had on the efforts to resist powerholders’ abuse, corruption and injustice.
Download the full monograph for free here.
Watch the March 3 webinar with the renowned authors here.
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