FSI applications now being accepted

    The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) is now accepting applications for the seventh annual Fletcher Summer Institute (FSI), which is the “only executive education program in the advanced, interdisciplinary study of nonviolent conflict, taught by leading scholars and practitioners of strategic nonviolent action and authorities from related fields.” The week-long conference will take place from June 24-30, and the application, which is due by March 15, can be downloaded here.

    According to the announcement, this year the institute will:

    address these and other critical questions: What are the most important strategic factors in civil resistance? What roles do communications and new technology play in nonviolent struggles? How do the actions of the international community affect indigenous nonviolent movements? Historical and contemporary cases of civilian-based struggles will be examined, including issue-based movements as well as popular struggles against foreign occupations, and authoritarian governments.

    I had the good fortune of attending FSI two summers ago and could not more highly recommend it. The presentations were top-notch and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the other participants, who were policymakers, scholars, journalists and activists from 29 different countries. (To get a taste of the sessions, many of the presentations from last year can be viewed here.) If you want to really dig deep into the exciting field of civil resistance, there is no better place to start.



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