Monday, November 7, 2011

START Seminar on Merits of Civil Resistance

Date: November 11, 2011 (RSVP by Nov. 9)
Location: Margaret Brent Room 2112 in Stamp Student Union

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) will bring internationally recognized terrorism scholar Erica Chenoweth to the University of Maryland to discuss the research in her new book, “Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict.” The START Seminar will be held from 2:00p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11 in the Margaret Brent Room 2112 in Stamp Student Union on campus.

The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required and should be made to by 5 p.m. on November 9th.

Chenoweth’s book, co-authored by Maria Stephan, analyzes the effectiveness of nonviolent resistance campaigns. The authors argue that nonviolent resistance campaigns lead to increased involvement and participation creating more peaceful democracies that are less likely to regress into civil war. With a combination of case studies and quantitative data, Chenoweth and Stephan demonstrate that peaceable campaigns are more successful compared to their violent counterparts.

Chenoweth is an assistant professor of government at Wesleyan University and the Founder and Director of the Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research. Her research at START focuses on ethno-nationalist terrorist groups in the Middle East and North Africa. She has presented her research at workshops and conferences throughout the United States and Europe and her work has recently been featured in The New York Times, Foreign Police and The Christian Science Monitor.