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Feb 6, 2023

"I would say the most defining variable of successful nonviolent movements is the large, diverse and sustained participation. " --Maria Stephan

Waging Conflict Without Violence: Maria Stephan

"Can nonviolent civil resistance be successful even against the most militarily sophisticated and brutal regimes? My podcast guest this month, political scientist Maria Stephan, says unequivocally 'yes.' Co-Lead and Chief Organizer at The Horizons Project and the former Director of the Program on Nonviolent Action at the United States Institute of Peace, Maria is the co-author, with Erica Chenoweth, of the award-winning book, Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict. The result of two years of research -- collecting and analyzing data on over 330 major, violent and nonviolent campaigns -- the book makes the case for a surprising conclusion: nonviolent campaigns were actually twice as effective as violent ones in achieving their political goals." Kern Beare is the founder of the Difficult Conversations Project. In his conversation with Maria Stephan, they delve how the tools and strategies of nonviolent action can be used to counter the authoritarian tendencies prevalent in our world today.


You can learn more about Kern Beare's work through this in-depth interview, "Learning to Live Together Via Difficult Conversations." More ...