Civil Resistance in the Contemporay U.S.: Challenges, Opportunities and Implications
In the aftermath of President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration on January 20th, we have seen a spate of resistance across the US, ranging from street protests to legal challenges. New alliances are formed, often across what just a few months ago 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 finding that movements adopting non-violent techniques then to be more successful adopting than those that turn to violence, or that cultivating sympathy within the state’s security apparatus is key/an important to the success of non-violent resisters’?
In this seminar, 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 cohesion, of ensure effective communication, and - ultimately - gaining political leverage?
Erica Chenoweth is one of the world`s foremost analysts of civil resistance. She was listed by Foreign Policy in 2013 as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers "for proving Gandhi right," and received the Karl Deutsch Award (International Relations) for the most significant contribution to the study of International Relations and Peace Research”. Chenoweth is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
Inaugurating the Oslo Lectures on Peace and Conflict, this event is the first in a series co-hosted by the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo and the Peace Research Institute Oslo. The event marks the mutual commitment of the two institutions to collaborate in ensuring Oslo’s future as the leading hub for scholarly insight on peace and conflict, manifested in education, research, and interaction with policy-makers and practitioners, as well as engagement in public debate.
- Inga Bostad, Director, Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo
- Ole Petter Ottersen, Rector, University of Oslo
- Kristian Berg Harpviken, Director, Peace Research Institute, Oslo
- Erica Chenoweth, Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
Panel discussion (TBC)