Overcoming the Challenges of Transitional Mobilization

Publication Type: Peaceworks

Nonviolent action can be a powerful way to bring about peaceful transitions from autocratic rule to democracy. But even when initially successful, movement leaders often face significant challenges, from frustrations that grievances are not addressed quickly enough to counterrevolutions aimed at restoring the authoritarian status quo. This report examines two recent transitions—the 2011 Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia and Armenia’s 2018 Velvet Revolution—and presents recommendations for improving the likelihood that change initiated through nonviolent action leads to robust and lasting democracy. Supporters of opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan protest in Republic Square in Yerevan, Armenia, on May 2, […]

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