The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) is now accepting applications for the 2012 Fletcher Summer Institute (FSI) for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict at Tufts University from June 24-30, 2012.
FSI is the only executive education program in the advanced, interdisciplinary study of nonviolent conflict and civil resistance, taught by leading international scholars and practitioners.
In 2011 and 2012, the Arab Spring and people’s movements for rights, democracy, and self-determination in Mexico, Nigeria, Palestine, West Papua, and many other nations seized the world’s attention as never before. Their struggles demonstrate that a profound shift is underway in how political, social, and economic change is being sought and achieved everywhere.
Civil resistance requires the use of diverse tactics including strikes, sit-ins, boycotts, marches, and other disruptive actions. Ultimately, nonviolent conflict that is strategically planned raises the cost of oppression and dissolves the legitimacy of unjust power-holders. As cases of civil resistance multiply, it is essential that international professionals, journalists, scholars, and policy analysts understand how this form of struggle is generated, the strategies that make it effective, and how it can be fostered and learned. FSI will address these and other issues, such as how nonviolent movements are sustained, how democratic transitions occur, and how movements deal with violent flanks and extreme repression.
Historical and contemporary cases will be examined, including campaigns for social and environmental rights as well as political struggles against foreign occupiers and authoritarian rulers.
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