Services for Think Tanks and Policy Institutes

Outcomes of civil resistance-driven political transitions (CRTs) versus non-CRTs (i.e. from violent rebellions, coups and elite-led liberalization) in non-democratic regimes from 1945-2015. Credit: Jonathan Pinckney. When Civil Resistance Succeeds: Building Democracy After Popular Nonviolent Uprisings. ICNC Press, 2018. p. 34.

The rise of authoritarianism worldwide is a threat that must be faced and countered. A more authoritarian world is a world of more violent conflict, atrocities, human rights abuse, corruption, humanitarian crises, displaced people, and attacks on democracies, international institutions, and global stability.

Fortunately, an established body of research shows that one of the most powerful drivers of democratic development over the last century is civil resistance movements. This means that strategies to reverse the authoritarian tide must put the role of dissidents and popular nonviolent movements at the center of their focus.

External actors that support democracy and human rights—including governments, multilateral institutions, and the INGO sector—can all increase the impact of their work by doing so.

To this end, I offer these services to think tanks and policy institutes:

Services for Think Tanks and Policy Institutes

The rise of authoritarianism worldwide is a threat that must be faced and countered. A more authoritarian world is a world of more violent conflict, atrocities, human rights abuse, corruption, humanitarian crises, displaced people, and attacks on democracies, international institutions, and global stability.

Fortunately, an established body of research shows that one of the most powerful drivers of democratic development over the last century is civil resistance movements. This means that strategies to reverse the authoritarian tide must put the role of dissidents and popular nonviolent movements at the center of their focus.

Outcomes of civil resistance-driven political transitions (CRTs) versus non-CRTs (i.e. from violent rebellions, coups and elite-led liberalization) in non-democratic regimes from 1945-2015. Credit: Jonathan Pinckney. When Civil Resistance Succeeds: Building Democracy After Popular Nonviolent Uprisings. ICNC Press, 2018. p. 34.

External actors that support democracy and human rights—including governments, multilateral institutions, and the INGO sector—can all increase the impact of their work by doing so.

To this end, I offer these services to think tanks and policy institutes:

Strategy and Program Development

One of my blog posts addressing the importance of support to civil resistance movements.

Civil resistance movements shape world affairs. As more populations arise to demand rights, freedom, and justice against authoritarian rule, core questions facing the foreign policy community are how to engage, support, and create an enabling environment for grassroots nonviolent pressure.

To address these questions, I help institutions incorporate civil resistance thinking and content into their existing activity portfolio. I also help design new programs and strategies of engagement.

I started ICNC Press in 2015, which has produced 25 original publications and 17 translations.

Over my 16+ years of work with the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, I developed a portfolio of activities (workshops, convenings, advancing policy-relevant research, and producing cutting edge publications, among others) at the intersection of research, support for dissidents, and outreach to the policy community. I bring this experience, lessons learned, and best practices to my work.

Research and Writing

The last decade has seen leaps in our understanding of the power and impact of civil resistance movements on domestic and international affairs.  This work must integrate into foreign policy thinking and catalyze new approaches.

Bridging the scholar-practitioner divide, I provide research and writing services in this field as principal investigator, author, or co-author. I also provide editorial feedback on draft manuscripts.

Past work along these lines includes:

Presenting

I have extensive experience guest lecturing on a wide variety of topics related to civil resistance and movements. My presentations incorporate cutting edge research alongside practitioner insights.

A sample of venues at which I've presented include:

Speaking at the Community of Democracies Governing Council meeting, March 5, 2015

  • Alliance for Peacebuilding annual conference
  • American Society of International Law
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  • American University
  • 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 European University
  • Chautauqua Institution
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  • Community of Democracies
  • Council on Foreign Relations
  • Creighton University
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  • Dartmouth College
  • European Humanities University (Lithuania)
  • Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) (Ecuador)

    Speaking at the United States Institute of Peace, October 16, 2019

  • Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
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  • Frontiers of Democracy conference, Tufts University
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  • George Mason University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University (2011, 2013, 2017)
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  • International Peace Research Association Annual Conference
  • The James Lawson Institute
  • James Madison University
  • Josef Korbel School of International Studies (University of Denver)
  • Kadir Has University (Turkey)
  • Middlebury College
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  • Monterey Institute for International Studies (now the Middlebury Institute)
  • New York University
  • Peace Research Institute of Oslo (Norway)
  • Stanford University
  • United States Institute of Peace
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  • University of Amsterdam
  • University of Basque Country (Spain)
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Deusto (Spain)
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Sarajevo (Bosnia)
  • University of St. Andrews (Scotland)
  • University of Toronto
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech)

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

Contact Me

For questions, comments, and more information about my services and costs, contact me. I can offer a free initial consult.

If you have a request for services that don't fit into the above categories, you can also let me know and I may be able to help you, or refer you to someone who can.

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