Authors of Nonviolent-Resistance Book Win Grawemeyer Award in World Order

A University of Denver professor and a foreign-affairs officer with the U.S. State Department who collaborated on a book about nonviolent resistance have won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, the University of Louisville announced on Monday. The $100,000 prize will go to Erica Chenoweth, who works at Denver’s School of International Studies, and Maria Stephan, of the State Department.

Chenoweth and Stephan collected and analyzed data on all known uprisings between 1900 and 2006 involving more than 1,000 people that related to a country’s secession, overthrow of a dictatorship or removal of a foreign occupation. They learned that the non-violent campaigns succeeded twice as often as the violent ones—even in the face of brutal repression.

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