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Political Violence and Nonviolent Resistance

6 hour course by Laia Balcells (Georgetown University)

  • Schedule: 20, 21 & 22 June (11:30 - 13:30)

In this course, we will study different forms of political violence: terrorism, protest violence, civil wars, and riots. We will explore the differences between these types of political violence as well as their commonalities. We will look into the geographic and temporal incidence of these different forms of political violence in the contemporary world and put the focus on particular cases (e.g., terrorism and civil war in Spain, civil war in Côte d’Ivoire, riots in India, state repression in Myanmar). We will also study the alternative to political violence, nonviolent protest and resistance, and we will discuss its efficacy in promoting political change.