People Power in the Face of Authoritarianism in Nicaragua


Friday, June 12, 2020, 12:00pm to 1:15pm


Virtual Event (Registration Required)

A conversation with Nicaraguan human rights defenders about the trials, triumphs and future challenges of people power in Nicaragua in a context of democratic decay, decreasing civic space and authoritarianism since the return of Daniel Ortega to power in 2007.


  • Amaya Coppens Zamora | Activist, Medical Student, Political Prisoner
  • Mateo Jarquín Chamorro | Assistant Professor, Chapman University 
  • Mónica López Baltodano | Activist, Articulación de Movimientos Sociales
  • Enrique Gasteazoro (co-moderator) | Topol Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
  • Erica Chenoweth (co-moderator) | Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School and a Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Enrique Gasteazoro (HKS 2020) is a Mason Fellow and General Manager of Nicaragua’s leading quality independent journalism outlet, Confidencial. His focus since 2018 has been to help enhance the impact and safeguard the viability of journalism in the face of all-out state censorship and a crumbling economy. Enrique has worked with Dutch civil society on issues of economic empowerment, human rights and responsible business in Central America. Fair labor relations in agriculture, smallholder land rights and the defense of civic space have motivated his role as an activist.

Erica Chenoweth is the Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School and a Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University. She studies political violence and its alternatives. Chenoweth’s next book, Civil Resistance: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford, 2020), explores what civil resistance is, how it works, why it sometimes fails, how violence and repression affect it, and the long-term impacts of such resistance.


Virtual Event Details:
This event will be livestreamed on YouTube Live. Attendees registered for this event (link below) will receive a reminder for the livestream fifteen minutes before the event along with a link to the YouTube page where you can participate in the live chat and ask questions during the event.


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