Webinar: Synergizing Nonviolent Action and Peacebuilding

The Synergizing Nonviolent Action and Peacebuilding (SNAP) guide provides a strategic framework for activists, peacebuilders, and organizers working to transform violent conflict and advance a just peace. The guide presents a series of strategic and tactical tools and approaches that can be used to reinforce the work of grassroots organizers, activists, and peacebuilders are already doing on the ground to prevent and mitigate violence and build just sustainable peace.

Join us in a conversation on “Synergizing Nonviolent Action and Peacebuilding to Strengthen Movements and Advance a Just Peace” by Dr. Maria Stephan and Tabatha Thompson on Thursday, June 13, 2019, at 12 PM ET

In this webinar, Maria and Tabatha will discuss how nonviolent action and peacebuilding approaches can be used together synergistically to mobilize communities, address power imbalances and conflict drivers, and support inclusive participatory peace processes. 

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Dr. Maria J. Stephan directs the Program on Nonviolent Action at the U.S. Institute of Peace, which focuses on applied research, training, and education and informing policies and practice related to civil resistance, nonviolent action and their roles in transforming violent conflict and advancing just peace. She was formerly a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, where she co-led the Future of Authoritarianism project. Previously, Stephan was lead foreign affairs officer in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO), where she worked on both policy and operations for Afghanistan and Syria engagements.

Earlier, Stephan directed policy and research at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), a private foundation dedicated to developing and disseminating knowledge about nonviolent struggle.  She is the co-author of Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict (Columbia University Press, 2011). The latter book was awarded the 2012 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Prize by the American Political Science Association for the best book published in political science and the 2012 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Defense One, and NPR. Stephan has worked with the European/NATO policy office of the U.S. Department of Defense, and at NATO HQ in Brussels. Click here to read Maria’s complete bio.

Tabatha Thompson is a senior program specialist for the Program on Nonviolent Action at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Prior to joining USIP, Tabatha spent four years managing leadership development programs at the Partnership for Public Service, a nonpartisan nonprofit focused on making the federal government work more effectively. During this time, Tabatha also led Washington, DC’s largest all-volunteer anti-human trafficking nonprofit, DC Stop Modern Slavery, where she worked to raise awareness and promote community action to combat trafficking in the greater Washington area.

Tabatha’s interests focus on community engagement and empowerment in emergency and conflict settings. She most recently conducted research with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York and Liberia, with a focus on community engagement and inclusivity in the peacekeeping process. Articles by Tabatha Thompson include If we want to build peace, we can’t keep women out and How the United Nations Can Harness ‘People Power.’

Click here to read Tabatha’s complete bio.


Please note that the deadline to register for this webinar is one day before the event. We will send the Zoom access link to registrants after the registration closing time and on the day of the event. For further information about this our other webinars, contact us at webinars@mediatorsbeyondborders.org.

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