Peace Science Digest

The Peace Science Digest provides organized, accessible and relevant analysis of the top academic research in the field of peace and conflict studies.

What explains success or failure in the Arab Spring?

New research examines the interactive dimensions between movements and their opponents to explain why civil resistance is successful or silenced.

October 5, 2018

‘Violent flank effects’ and the strategic naiveté of Antifa

New research illuminates the impact of armed resistance on nonviolent struggle and raises questions about Antifa’s approach to stopping fascism.

November 11, 2017

How movements can succeed in the face of government repression

Success rates for nonviolent resistance are decreasing as regimes become more savvy, but there are ways for movements to improve their odds and even win.

July 14, 2017

Why indigenous civil resistance has a unique power

New research takes stock of the characteristics, challenges and successes of recent indigenous civil resistance movements in North America.

July 8, 2017

The challenges and strengths of Palestine’s ‘orchestra’ of civil resistance

Recent research argues that the diverse identities among activists in Palestine is what gives the movement its power.

July 1, 2017

Why social change needs to be a laughing matter

New research explores how humor is used in nonviolent action — particularly its ability to disrupt dominant discourses and challenge power.

June 17, 2017