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Drop Your Weapons

When and Why Civil Resistance Works

Authors: Erica Chenoweth, and Maria J. Stephan
July/August 2014
Foreign Affairs


Over the past three years, the world has witnessed a surge of nonviolent resistance movements. Pictures of huge demonstrations in public squares have become a staple of international news broadcasts, and Time named "the protester" as its Person of the Year for 2011. These days, it seems that at any given moment, thousands of people are mobilizing for change somewhere in the world.

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