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About Jack DuVall

Jack DuVall is Senior Counselor and Founding Director of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. He was the Executive Producer of the two-part Emmy-nominated PBS television series, “A Force More Powerful ” and co-author of the companion book of the same name (Palgrave/St. Martin’s Press 2001).

Articles by Jack DuVall

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Manuel Serrano

Manuel Serrano is Junior Editor at DemocraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Ukraine: a nonviolent victory

Dramatic words or violent acts were not how the Ukrainian people ousted an authoritarian leader and his cronies. Civil resistance shredded the legitimacy of a repressive and corrupt government. The nonviolent movement dissolved the consent of the people and the loyalty of regime defenders on which Victor Yanukovych depended.

Ruthless regimes not impervious to civil resistance: A reply to Maged Mandour

There is little systematic evidence to suggest that “ruthlessness” is, in and of itself, a critical variable.

A new world of power: the source and scope of Civil Resistance

Find a person who believes that civil resistance is less legitimate than an edict or directive of the state, and you will probably have found someone who speaks for those who exercise power, not for those on whose consent the legitimacy of that power must rest. An introduction to a new partnership.

Civil resistance and the language of power

“If you want to build a ship, don’t gather your people and ask them to provide wood, prepare tools, assign tasks. Call them together and raise in their minds the longing for the endless sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Obama: the honourable candidate

A good friend of mine, who is a local personal acquaintance of Obama's in Chicago, mentioned to me an interesting trait of the Illlinois Senator: his personal thoughtfulness, going further than most politicians in thanking people for favours. This seems to come out of the way he identifies himself, as an everyday human being rather than a VIP. As most Americans who’ve known national political candidates will tell you, this is not common among successful politicians, many of whom seem to have turned into the person they have been outwardly exhibiting for years, or who live double identities, one as a normal person behind closed doors, and another who is constantly performing. And as we know, in a television age and an entertainment culture, the demands of constant performance can seem to warp the sensibilities of the performer.

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