NW Regional Conference at Seabeck, WA

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Speakers

Jamila RaqibJamila Raqib

Jamila Raqib has been the Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institution since 2005 and is a Research Affiliate of the Center for International Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  She works closely with Dr. Gene Sharp, the world’s foremost scholar on strategic nonviolent action.  Jamila joined the Albert Einstein Institution in 2002, focusing on the promotion and distribution of writings and translations, on the technique of nonviolent struggle and its potential in acute conflicts worldwide.  Her work involved consulting with translators to develop terminology for accurate dissemination of understanding about strategic nonviolent struggle in numerous languages.  As the Institution’s Executive Director, she responds to inquiries from individuals and groups around the world, facilitates access to material through online and print dissemination, provides editorial assistance to Dr. Sharp, coordinates numerous publication agreements with international publishers, and speaks with members of the domestic and international media about the importance of tools and resources on nonviolent struggle for social and political movements.  In 2009, she collaborated with Dr. Sharp to create a new curriculum titled Self-Liberation: A Guide to Strategic Planning for Action to End a Dictatorship or Other Oppression.  Jamila is fluent in Pashto and has knowledge of Dari.  See Jamila’s presentation to the 2014 Oslo Freedom Forum (link is external).

Erica ChenowethErica Chenoweth

Erica Chenoweth is an internationally recognized authority on political violence and its alternatives. Her path-breaking research on the effectiveness of nonviolent resistance has earned her numerous distinctions for “proving Gandhi right.” Foreign Policy magazine ranked her among the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2013. She also won the 2014 Karl Deutsch Award, given annually by the International Studies Association to the scholar under 40 who has made the most significant impact on the field of international politics or peace research. As Associate Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and Associate Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, Chenoweth is author or editor of three books and dozens of scholarly articles. With Maria Stephan, she won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, which is presented annually in recognition of outstanding proposals for creating a more just and peaceful world order, for their book Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict. The book also won the 2012 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award given annually by the American Political Science Association to the best book on government, politics, or international affairs published in the U.S. in the previous year. She is currently the co-chair of the Academic Advisory Board at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict and a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations.  See Erica's TED Talk. (link is external)

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