The Dynamics of Nonviolent Power:
Egypt, Tunisia and beyond
Senior Advisor at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC)
Date: April 20, 2011
Time: 12:00PM to 1:30PM
Where: Pound Hall, Room 108, Harvard Law School Campus
Bring your lunch. Drinks and dessert will be served.
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About the lunch:
What makes nonviolent, civilian-based movements effective? What are the skills and strategic choices that can make the difference between success and failure for these movements?
As events in the Middle East reverberate around the world, speculation about whether other grassroots, civilian-based uprisings in the region and beyond will succeed or fail is a recurrent theme. This presentation will provide insight into this question by providing an analytical framework for understanding how nonviolent movements work. It will also contextualize recent events in the Middle East within the broader field of nonviolent conflict and best practices distilled from other nonviolent struggles during the 20th and century.
About the Speaker:
Hardy Merriman is a senior advisor at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC). He writes and presents about nonviolent conflict both for academic audiences as well as for activists, organizers, other practitioners. He has co-authored or contributed to works such as Waging Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century Practice and 21st Century Potential (2005) by Gene Sharp, Civilian Jihad: Nonviolent Struggle, Democratization, and Governance in the Middle East (2010) by Maria Stephan (ed.), and the CANVAS Core Curriculum: A Guide to Effective Nonviolent Struggle (2007). Hardy also serves as a member of the board of advisors to the Meta-Activism Project.
Three things I want to offer are pertinent and current:
(1) Regionalism inherently serves governance. Something about Afghanistan I learned this week was contributed by Brig. Genl. Martin that the form of social organization was local, and shar’ia comparatively minimal although the hierarchical implicit of law effected the national sense of unity about local and province subsidiarity. Lakh Brahimi best created the socio-legal introduction to consensus oriented political discourse by hosting national strategy experience for all leaders.
(2) “No smoking.” given the global advertising campaign and focus, this oxymoron introduces irony to the workplace and legal program. That is another new universal despite internal or hierarchical constraint in the reality.
(3) Consent to be governed. Not all democracies are established upon consent, it is to be clarified among values in the nascent situations.