James Lawson Institute

Civil Resistance in the Contemporary U.S.: Challenges, Opportunities, and Implications

December 23, 2017 Effective Civil Resistance 0

In the aftermath of President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration on January 20th, we have seen a spate of resistance across the U.S., ranging from street protests to legal challenges. New alliances are formed, often across what just a few months ago would have been thought of as insurmountable political divides.

Over the past few years, we have seen a wave of new scholarship on civil resistance, much of it based on solid empirical research. Many of the findings run contrary to what is commonly expected, such as the finding that movements adopting non-violent techniques tend to be more successful than those that turn to violence, or the emphasis on cultivating sympathy within the state’s security apparatus as a key to success for non-violent resisters.

In this seminar, hosted by the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights at the University of Oslo and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), we examine the ways in which the unfolding resistance in the U.S. extends or contradicts existing insights in the scholarship on civil resistance. What are the key challenges faced in movement-building? What are the obstacles to building and maintaining movement

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