About Hardy Merriman

I am president of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.  I have worked in the field of civil resistance since 2002.  I study, present, and write about grassroots movements nonviolently fighting for human rights and political change around the world.  I lead workshops for activists and organizers in these movements; speak about these movements with academics, journalists, and members of NGOs; and develop resources for practitioners and researchers in the field of nonviolent conflict.

I am also an adjunct lecturer at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University).

Prior to being president of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), I was vice president and director of content development from 2012-2014, during which time I also directed the James Lawson Institute, an eight-day intensive program for North American organizers and activists focusing on nonviolent civil resistance, in 2013 and 2014. From 2007-2012 I was a senior advisor to ICNC, and from 2005-2007 I was director of programs and research. From 2002-2005, I worked at the Albert Einstein Institution.

I have contributed to the books Is Authoritarianism Staging a Comeback? (2015) by Mathew Burrows and Maria Stephan (eds.), Civilian Jihad: Nonviolent Struggle, Democratization, and Governance in the Middle East (2010) by Maria Stephan (ed.), and Waging Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century Practice and 21st Century Potential (2005) by Gene Sharp.  I have also written about the role of nonviolent action in countering terrorism and co-authored A Guide to Effective Nonviolent Struggle, a training curriculum for activists.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

Chapters

Peter Ackerman and Hardy Merriman, “The Checklist for Ending Tyranny” in Mathew Burrows and Maria J. Stephan (eds.), Is Authoritarianism Staging a Comeback?, Washington, DC: The Atlantic Council, 2015
DOWNLOAD ENGLISH (PDF 168k)
DOWNLOAD ARABIC TRANSLATION (قائمة مرجعية لإنهاء الطغيان) (PDF 223k)
LINK TO CHINESE TRANSLATION (结束暴政清单)
DOWNLOAD FARSI TRANSLATION (چک لیستی برای پایان استبداد) (PDF 536k)
DOWNLOAD FRENCH TRANSLATION (La “checklist” pour mettre fin à l’oppression) (PDF 244k)
DOWNLOAD RUSSIAN TRANSLATION (Контрольный список по борьбе с тиранией) (PDF 165k)
DOWNLOAD SINDH TRANSLATION (آمریت جي خاتمي جي پیڪ لسٽ) (PDF 150k)
DOWNLOAD SPANISH TRANSLATION (La Lista de Control para Terminar con la Tiranía) (PDF 51k)
DOWNLOAD TURKISH TRANSLATION (Tiranlığı sona erdirmek için kontrol listesi) (PDF 199k)

Hardy Merriman, “Theory and Dynamics of Civil Resistance” in Maria Stephan (ed.), Civil Resistance in the Middle East: Popular Struggle, Democratization, and Governance, New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
LINK

Hardy Merriman and Jack DuVall, “Dissolving Terrorism at Its Roots”, in Summy, Ralph and Senthil Ram (eds.), Nonviolence: An Alternative for Countering Global Terror(ism), Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, 2007
DOWNLOAD (PDF 209k)

Hardy Merriman, “California Grape Workers’ Strike and Boycott–1965-1970” in Sharp, Gene, Waging Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century Practice and 21st Century Potential, Boston: Porter Sargent Publishers, 2005
LINK

Training Manual

Srdja Popovic, Slobodan Djinovic, Andrej Milivojevic, Hardy Merriman, and Ivan Marovic, CANVAS Core Curriculum: A Guide to Effective Nonviolent Struggle, Belgrade, Serbia: Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS), 2007
DOWNLOAD ENGLISH VERSION (PDF 14.5mb)
DOWNLOAD ARABIC TRANSLATION (المناهج الدراسية الاساسية لمركز تطبيق اعمال و استراتيجيات الصراعاللاعنفي) (PDF 6.2mb)
DOWNLOAD CHINESE TRANSLATION (非暴力行动与战略应用中心核心教程 : 有效的非暴力抗争指南) (PDF 6.4mb)
DOWNLOAD FARSI TRANSLATION (برنامه درسی «کنواس : راهنمای مبارزه بی خشونت موثر) (PDF 7.11mb)
DOWNLOAD SLOVAK TRANSLATION (Základné Osnovy CANVAS: Sprievodca Efektívneho Nenásilného Boja) (PDF 6.7mb)

Literature Reviews

Maciej J. Bartkowski and Hardy Merriman, “Civil Resistance” in Patrick James (ed), Oxford Bibliographies in International Relations, New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.
LINK

Stephen Zunes, Hardy Merriman, and Maria J. Stephan, “Nonviolent Struggle” in Denemark, Robert A. (ed.), The International Studies Encyclopedia, Volume VIII, Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2010.  Updated in June 2015.
LINK

Articles and Papers

“Movement Building and Civil Resistance: Key Resources for Movement Organizers” by Hardy Merriman, Korbel Quickfacts of Peace and Security, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, December 2016.
DOWNLOAD (PDF 529k)

“The Trifecta of Civil Resistance: Unity, Planning, Discipline” by Hardy Merriman, openDemocracy.net (online), November 19, 2010
LINK TO ENGLISH VERSION
DOWNLOAD ARABIC TRANSLATION (ثلاثیة المقاومة المدنیة: الوحدة، والتخطیط، والانضباط) (PDF 127k)
LINK TO CHINESE TRANSLATION
Version 1 (公民抵抗三要素:团结、规划、纪律)
Version 2 (公民抗争的三大成功要素:一致、计划和纪律)
LINK TO FARSI TRANSLATION (سه اصل اساسی مقاومت مدنی: اتحاد، برنامه ریزی، انضباط۱)
DOWNLOAD FRENCH TRANSLATION (Le tiercé gagnant de la résistance civile: unité, planification et discipline) (PDF 135k)
DOWNLOAD RUSSIAN TRANSLATION (Три принципа гражданского сопротивления: единство, планирование, дисциплина) (PDF 224k)
DOWNLOAD SPANISH TRANSLATION (La trifecta de la resistencia civil: unidad, planificación, disciplina) (PDF 102k)
DOWNLOAD TAGALOG TRANSLATION (Ang trifecta ng panlipunang pagtanggi: pagkakaisa, pagpaplano, disiplina) (PDF 415k)
DOWNLOAD TURKISH TRANSLATION (PDF 545k)
LINK TO TURKISH TRANSLATION (Başarılı sivil direnişin üç anahtarı: birlik, planlama, disiplin)
Trifecta-UrduDOWNLOAD URDU TRANSLATION (PDF 119k)
DOWNLOAD XHOSA TRANSLATION
(Iqela lezinto ezintathu zoluntu oluchasayo: ubunye, ukuceba, ingqeqesho) (PDF 195k)

“Civil Resistance: A First Look” (Uncredited. I wrote over 65% of this booklet)
International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, 2010
DOWNLOAD ENGLISH VERSION (PDF 6.3mb)
DOWNLOAD CHINESE TRANSLATION (公 民 抵 抗: 初 探 ) (PDF 919k)
DOWNLOAD FRENCH TRANSLATION (Résistance Civile: Premier Aperçu) (PDF 547k)
DOWNLOAD KITUBA TRANSLATION (Mvingu Ya Bantu: Dyambu Ya Ntete) (PDF 554k)
DOWNLOAD LINGALA TRANSLATION (Koboya Ya Bana Mboka: Ndimbola Ya Yambo) (PDF 553k)
DOWNLOAD RUSSIAN TRANSLATION (Гражданское сопротивление: с первого взгляда) (PDF 557k)
DOWNLOAD SLOVAK TRANSLATION (Občiansky odpor – prvý pohľad) (PDF 263k)
DOWNLOAD SPANISH TRANSLATION (Resistencia Civil: Un Vistazo Initial) (PDF 555k)
DOWNLOAD TAGALOG TRANSLATION (Ano ang panlipunang pagtanggi [civil resistance]?) (PDF 497k)

“Mauritania’s Coup is a Setback for Democracy” by Stephen Zunes and Hardy Merriman, National Catholic Reporter, October 3, 2008
LINK

“Agents of Change and Nonviolent Action” by Hardy Merriman, Conservation Biology, Volume 22, No. 2, April 2008
DOWNLOAD RELATED ARTICLE (PDF 56k)
LINK TO CHINESE TRANSLATION (变革因素与非暴力行为)
DOWNLOAD SINDH TRANSLATION (تبدیليءَ جا اھڃاڻ ۽ عدم تشدد تي ٻڌل عمل) (PDF 91k)
LINK TO TURKISH TRANSLATION (Şiddetsiz Eylem ve Değişimin Aktörleri)

Other Writing and Translations

Introduction for Training Manual for Nonviolent Defense Against the Coup d’État by Richard K. Taylor, Washington, DC: Nonviolence International, 2011
DOWNLOAD ENGLISH VERSION (PDF 1.4mb)
DOWNLOAD SPANISH TRANSLATION (Manual de Capacitación para la Defensa No Violenta Contra Golpes de Estado) (PDF 10.9mb)

“Costs and Risks in Nonviolent Conflict” presentation
Webinar for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, September 23, 2010
LINK TO CHINESE TRANSLATION

SELECTED PRESENTATION
AND GUEST LECTURING VENUES*:

American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies annual conference (2009)
American University
Amherst College
Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Queensland University
Cambridge University (England)
Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney (Australia)
Center for Victims of Torture, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Central Connecticut State University (2010-2014)
Central European University
Colorado College
Dartmouth College
European Humanities University (Lithuania)
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (2006-2015)
Watch presentation
George Mason University
Georgetown University (2013, 2015)
Georgia Institute of Technology
Golden West College
Harvard University (2011, 2013)
Read related article
ICNC Summer Institute at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
International Peace Research Association Annual Conference (2006)
International Summit on Conflict Resolution Education (2011, 2014, 2015)
The James Lawson Institute
James Madison University
Kadir Has University (Turkey)
Middlebury College
Read related article
Monterey Institute for International Studies
New York University
Oberlin College (2007, 2012)
Peace Research Institute of Oslo (Norway)
Portland State University
School for Authentic Journalism (Mexico)
Sonoma State University
Stanford University (2010, 2011, 2015)
Swarthmore College
United States Institute of Peace
University of Amsterdam
University of Basque Country (Spain)
University of Chicago
University of Denver
University of Deusto (Spain)
University of San Francisco
University of Sarajevo (Bosnia)
University of St. Andrews (Scotland)
University of Toronto
Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) (2010, 2017)
Wesleyan University

* Note: Videos of some of these presentations are available for viewing here.