Nonviolence in Mass Uprisings

January 27, 2020

The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University has launched a new interactive map that catalogs mass uprisings, drawing from research by Erica Chenoweth and Carr Fellow Christopher Shay.

Under the direction of Chenoweth and Shay, The Nonviolent and Violent Campaigns and Outcomes (NAVCO) data project is the first of its kind to collect systematic data on both violent insurgencies and nonviolent civil resistance campaigns. The coverage is global but includes only maximalist campaigns, that is, movements seeking to overthrow an incumbent government, expel a foreign military occupation, or claim territorial independence.

The data project covers hundreds of these campaigns, and the interactive tool allows users to study trends in the onset and outcomes of mass mobilizations over time and across regions; patterns of participation in mass movements; retaliation against mass movements; the success or failure of the campaign; and more.

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