Stephen Zunes : Nonviolent Action


One of the Democrats’ Biggest Hawks Is Now Senate Foreign Relations Chair
26 January 2021

Now with a working majority, the Democrats have named Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) to chair the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. This has rung alarm bells for advocates of peace, human rights and international law, given that Menendez has opposed the Iran nuclear agreement, repeatedly attacked the United Nations and the International Court of Justice, supported unconditional military aid to governments that have used the weapons in the commission of war crimes, and taken other positions far closer to those of Republicans than rank-and-file Democrats.


Nonviolent Activists Laid the Groundwork to Oppose a Coup. They May Have Saved the Republic
20 January 2021

Activists prepared for months, expecting Trump to steal the election. They were right, and he failed.
Since President-elect Joe Biden’s decisive win in November, there has been understandable consternation at the efforts by President Trump and his supporters to steal the election. It is also important to understand why, so far, and despite the recent violence in Washington, his attempts have been unsuccessful.


When a Ceasefire is Not Enough
1 January 2021

THE WAR BETWEEN Armenia and Azerbaijan this past autumn was an avoidable tragedy.
The disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region has been populated since at least the second century B.C.E. by Armenians, one of the world’s oldest Christian civilizations. The Muslim Azeris and others have lived there and in neighboring areas for centuries as well, and the region was ethnically mixed (albeit majority Armenian) when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.


Is the U.S. Prepared to Resist a Coup?
26 October 2020

President Donald Trump’s refusal to agree to a peaceful transfer of power has raised concerns that the Republicans may try to steal the 2020 Presidential Election. If Trump and his Republican allies attempt to invalidate the election results, would enough Americans be able to mobilize to stop it?


Resisting Stolen Elections: Lessons from the Philippines, Serbia, Ukraine, and Gambia
23 October 2020

Discussion has grown for months about how the upcoming U.S. election results could be contested and possibly subverted.

No one knows for certain what will happen, but there are precedents we can learn from about how attempts to overturn election results have been stopped.


Resisting Stolen Elections: Lessons from the Philippines, Serbia, Ukraine, and Gambia
23 October 2020

In 1986, the National Movement for Free Elections in the Philippines (NAMFREL) mobilized as many as 500,000 volunteers to monitor the most sensitive and vulnerable precincts in an effort to minimize violence and electoral fraud.


VIDEO: Democracy Defense
20 October 2020

Nonviolence International, Beautiful Trouble, BlackOUT Collective, and OR Books present a webinar on: “Democracy Defense: Advice from Activists Around the World.”


INTERVIEW: 2020 Election, Nonviolent Action, and More
3 October 2020

LINK:

https://www.facebook.com/joel.tyner/videos/10160419403615744/


How Sudan’s Pro-Democracy Uprising Challenges Prevailing Myths about Civil Resistance
22 April 2019

A powerful pro-democracy civil insurrection in Sudan which has ousted a longstanding dictator and his successor is still in progress, but Sudanese are hopeful for a full democratic transition.


The Power of Nonviolent Action in Conflict Zones
25 October 2018

While the world is no less conflict-ridden than it has been in the past, recent decades have witnessed a remarkable shift in many areas regarding how conflict has been waged. In many places where either armed struggle or acquiescence to violence and injustice were once seen as the only alternatives, strategic nonviolent action has proven […]