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Josef Korbel School of International StudiesSié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy

University of Denver

Conferences & Events

The Role of Non-Violent Strategies in Violent Contexts

"The Role of Non-Violent Strategies in Violent Contexts" is a two-day conference to be held at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies exploring how non-violent groups in violent environments affect security outcomes. Non-violent actors—particularly local civilians, NGOs, and transnational corporations—affect stability in conflict zones and the prospects for post-conflict development and governance. The conference will analyze the behavior of these actors as a group so as to better inform U.S. efforts to shape security environments, reduce asymmetric violence, and create conditions for long-term peace and stability.

Read the full conference description here. 

If you wish to attend the conference or have any questions, please email Sie.Center@du.edu. The Sié Center would also like to thank the Center for Middle East Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and the One Earth Future Foundation for their generous support of the workshop.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10

Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy
Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM       INTRODUCTORY ROUNDTABLE

  • Deborah Avant, Sié Chéou-Kang Chair for International Security and Diplomacy, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
  • Erica Chenoweth, Associate Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
  • Rachel Epstein, Associate Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
  • Cullen Hendrix, Assistant Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
  • Oliver Kaplan, Assistant Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
  • Timothy Sisk, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM       OPENING DINNER

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11

Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy
Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM       PANEL I: CIVILIAN STRATEGIES

Chair:  Oliver Kaplan, Assistant Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

  • Michael Beer, Executive Director, Nonviolence International
  • Rev. Dr. Mauricio Garcia-Duran, Chairman, Center for Research and Popular Education
  • Maria J. Stephan, co-author of Why Civil Resistance Works

Discussant:  Cassy Dorff, Doctoral Candidate, Duke University


10:45 AM - 12:15 PM       PANEL II: CIVIL SOCIETY/ADVOCACY GROUP STRATEGIES

Chair:  Erica Chenoweth, Associate Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Discussant:  Dyan Mazurana, Associate Research Professor and Research Director for Gender, Youth and Community, Feinstein International Center, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy


12:30 PM - 1:30 PM       LUNCH


1:30 PM - 3:00 PM       PANEL III: IGO STRATEGIES

Chair:  Timothy Sisk, Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

  • Ozonnia Ojielo, Coordinator for Conflict Prevention and Recovery, Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, UNDP New York
  • Necla Tschirgi, Professor of Practice, Human Security and Peacebuilding, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, University of San Diego

Discussant:  Dr. Nathan Black, French Environmental Fellow, Harvard University


3:15 PM - 4:45 PM       PANEL IV: TRANSNATIONAL NGO STRATEGIES

Chair:  Deborah Avant, Sié Chéou-Kang Chair for International Security and Diplomacy, University of Denver

  • Patrick G. Coy, Professor and Director, Center for Applied Conflict Management, Kent State University
  • Alec Crawford, Associate, International Institute for Sustainable Development
  • Kate Toth, Researcher, Humanitarian Outcomes

Discussant:  Sarah Lischer, Associate Professor, Wake Forest University


5:00 PM – 8:00 PM       DINNER

Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality
University of Denver

Cocktails will begin at 5:00 pm, and dinner at 6:00 pm.

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Peter Ackerman, Founding Chair, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12

Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy
Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM       PANEL V: BUSINESS STRATEGIES

Chair:  Tricia Olsen, Assistant Professor, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver

  • Virginia Haufler, Associate Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland
  • Jana Hönke, Lecturer, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh and Senior Associate Researcher, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Ben Miller, Associate Director, Corporate Engagement Program, CDA
  • Zahed Yousuf, Senior Programme Officer for the Private Sector and Peacebuilding, International Alert

Discussant:  Lee C. Sorensen, Senior Manager, Responsibility to Protect and Business, One Earth Future Foundation


10:45 AM - 12:15 PM       PANEL VI: ROUNDTABLE

Chair:  Rachel Epstein, Associate Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

  • Fotini Christia, Associate Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Alexandra Gheciu, Associate Professor and Director, Centre for International Policy Studies, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa
  • Andrew Mack, Professor and Director, Human Security Report Project, Simon Fraser University

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM       WORKING LUNCH: NON-VIOLENT STRATEGIES AND THE
                                      RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT

Sponsored by One Earth Future Foundation

  • Lee C. Sorensen , Senior Manager, Responsibility to Protect and Business, One Earth Future Foundation
  • Scott Wisor , Project Manager, Responsibility to Protect and Business, One Earth Future Foundation