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Researcher Studying Nonviolent Action, Peacebuilding, and Democratization


New book From Dissent to Democracy available now!

“We know a lot about when and how civil resisters overturn incumbent political regimes. Yet up until now, we have known little about why some nonviolent revolutions consolidate democracy while others fail to do so. In an empirically rich analysis, Jonathan Pinckney examines this important but surprisingly neglected topic. From Dissent to Democracy significantly advances our understanding of post-uprising factors that shape the long-term trajectories of nonviolent revolutions.” — Sharon Erickson Nepstad, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of New Mexico and author of Nonviolent Struggle: Theories, Strategies, and Dynamics

“Mass protests frequently drive democratization. But as the Arab Spring demonstrated, not all such mobilizations result in successful transitions to democratic rule; many such movements are successfully squashed. Combining high-quality statistical work as well as case studies of Brazil, Nepal and Zambia, Pinckney lands on some crucial lessons.” — Stephan Haggard, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of California San Diego and author (with Robert Kaufman) of Dictators and Democrats: Masses, Elites and Regime Change


New Publication on Nonviolent Action and Peace Processes

Just had an article published in Conciliation Resources most-recent issue of Accord. The issue focuses on “Pioneering peace pathways: Making connections to end violent conflict” and they asked me to write about the various roles that nonviolent action movements can play in shaping peace processes. In my piece I highlight three particular ways that nonviolentContinue reading “New Publication on Nonviolent Action and Peace Processes”

Mali’s Coup: Harbinger of Hope or Uncertainty

With Anushka Bose Originally Posted on USIP Analysis and Commentary. See original post here. Last year was one of the most dramatic years of nonviolent action in recent memory, with millions taking to the streets to push for greater economic equality, democratic representation, and social justice. Some of the most dramatic uprisings took place inContinue reading “Mali’s Coup: Harbinger of Hope or Uncertainty”