The Peace Frequency: Episode 4

Guest: Maria Stephan


Air Date: October 21, 2014

In this episode, USIP Senior Policy Fellow Maria Stephan, co-author of Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict, discusses the concept of civil resistance as a tool for both conflict prevention and transformation. Dr. Stephan addresses such questions as: Where does civil resistance fit into peacebuilding? How can external actors support nonviolent campaign movements? How can nonviolent movements address potential spoilers?

Featured Quotes from the Show

“Violent and nonviolent resistance go together like oil and water…When you add violence to the mix, you are going to decrease popular participation.”

“Why do civil resistance movements succeed? They succeed because they tend to attract much larger and more diverse participation.”

“Nonviolent resistance is twice as effective – strategically and historically – as armed campaigns.”

“People power – individuals coming together collectively to exert a voice and to mobilize – is here to stay.”

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