Notes from the Nov. 20 class

What does it take to make a nonviolent action campaign work?


Liberation Without War:  The Emerging Era of Nonviolent Conflict, by Jack DuVall
  • •There is not a single instance in the past 100 years in which terrorism or violent insurrection has succeeded in creating a society in which political liberty and economic development have flowered. 
  • •We cannot avoid the reality that terrorism is a law enforcement problem that may require military force as a form of police action in some cases
  • •Political oppressors are at the heart of the global crisis.
  • •45 to 50 non-democratic, repressive regimes left in the world today
  • •We can no longer afford to wait for indigenous civilian movements to engage in the trial-and-error process of reinventing nonviolent struggle
  • •The global community must invent new ways of providing assistance to these movements
  • –Training in strategic nonviolent action
  • –Better information-distributing technology
  • –Need a new, nongovernmental, international foundation to provide this support
  • –Expand and strengthen international sanctions
  • It is time to recognize that no government can exercise sovereignty unless it is based on the people’s consent.
A Long-Term Strategy for American Security
By Jayne Docherty and Lisa Schirch
November, 2001

Short-Term Strategy: (Increased security in the next 2 years)

1.Dismantle terrorist networks.
2.Use a defensive military strategy.
3.Start a civilian-based defense program in the United States.
Intermediate Strategies (Increased security in the next 10 years)
4.Acknowledge the interconnected nature of the conflicts in the Muslim world.
5.Craft long-term multilateral arrangements and organizations for addressing problems in the regions of the world that are home to large Muslim populations.
6.Plan for and support an authentically Afghan government after the removal of Al Qaeda. 
Long-Term Strategies (Increased security in the next 10 years)
7.Help build a global environment that does not support terrorism. 
8.Create new relationships with Muslim countries.
9.Promote democratization in Muslim countries currently led by dictators. 
10.Reduce our dependence on oil.

Reframing Terror from the Perspective of Conflict Resolution, by John Paul Lederach
1.How can we pursue rigorous accountability for the atrocity committed
at the same time promote systemic prevention that stops this phenomenon from recycling into our children's' generation?
2.How can we increase personal responsibility for the individual leaders that promote this use of violence
at the same time change the social, economic, political, and cultural milieu that produces generations of recruits?
3.How can we (U.S. and West) strategically respond as outsiders in the Middle East and Central Asia
at the same time support and encourage internal agents of change and the elimination of terrorism within the cultural, religious and political milieus of the region?
Michael’s Self Promotion

Are there other places I can teach this class (History and Strategy of Nonviolent Action)?

•Fall 2004, Compleat Scholar: Religion: Source of Conflict, Resource for Peace