The Coronavirus pandemic has transformed the way (academic) information has been circulated in an enormous way. I have lately been active in many webinars and zoom conferences.


The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) has been one of the centers that I have learnt during the pandemic. In previous weeks I applied for the fifth edition of a highly popular, information-packed and free participant-led online course on Civil Resistance Struggles: How Ordinary People Win Rights, Freedom, and Justice led by ICNC and I got accepted to the course which will begin on Thursday, March 4, 2021, and end on Thursday, April 22, 2021.


Today I have had the chance of joining a live webinar organized by ICNC. In the webinar a groundbreaking new study was presented:The Role of External Support in Nonviolent Campaigns.

The webinar hosted Professor Erica Chenoweth and Dr. Maria Stephan. They discussed their groundbreaking new study on external support to civil resistance movements, which is published in ICNC Press’s forthcoming monograph: The Role of External Support in Nonviolent Campaigns: Poisoned Chalice or Holy Grail?


The Role of External Support in Nonviolent Campaigns: Poisoned Chalice or Holy Grail? is the culmination of an ICNC-sponsored multi-year research project.

About the Monograph

“The authors use original qualitative and quantitative data to examine the ways that external assistance impacted the characteristics and success rates of post-2000 revolutionary nonviolent uprisings. Among other findings, they argue that long-term investment in civil society and democratic institutions can strengthen the societal foundations for nonviolent movements; that activists who receive training prior to peak mobilization are much more likely to mobilize campaigns with high participation, low fatalities, and greater likelihood of defections; that donor coordination is important to be able to effectively support and leverage non­violent campaigns; and that concurrent external support to armed groups tends to undermine nonviolent move­ments in numerous ways. Flexible donor assistance that supports safe spaces for campaign planning and relationship-building and multilateral diplomatic pressure that mitigates regime repression can be particularly helpful for nonviolent campaigns.”



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