The following articles include opinion pieces on the current situation in Ukraine, the case for nonviolent civil resistance, information about the successful nonviolent Orange Revolution of 2014, and ways to keep up to date on the unfolding war.
The Case for Nonviolence in Ukraine
- Ukraine: nonviolent resistance is a brave and often effective response to aggression, Alexandre Christoyannopoulos, The Conversation, 5/03/20222. Nonviolent resistance spreads hesitation and doubt in the invading force.
- Ukraine’s secret weapon may prove to be civilian resistance, Daniel Hunter, Waging Nonviolence, 17/2/2022. Unarmed Ukrainians changing road signs, blocking tanks and confronting the Russian military are showing their bravery and strategic brilliance.
- Ukraine doesn’t need to match Russia’s military might to defend against invasion, George Lakey, Waging Nonviolence, 25/02/2022. Throughout history, people facing occupation have tapped into the power of nonviolent struggle to thwart their invaders.
- Why Ukrainians are ready to fight for their democracy, Olga Boichak, The Conversation, 4/02/2022. Although this article doesn’t focus on nonviolence it addresses the growth of civil society and the history of civic activism that has prepared Ukrainians to defend their democracy.
- Pulling Away Putin’s Pedestal: Opportunities and Challenges for Nonviolent Resistance, Jason MacLeod, ICNC, 11 March 2022. Noncooperation will be key to defeating Putin and ending the Russian military’s occupation of Ukraine.
Civil Resistance & Strategic Nonviolence Texts
- 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action, Gene Sharp, 1973. The classic text which outlines the many varied tactics that can be used in strategic nonviolence.
- Civil Resistance Tactics in the 2ist Century, Michael Beer, 2021. An update of Dr Sharp’s work by documenting additional methods of nonviolent action and scholarship. Includes a webinar to watch.
The Orange Revolution of 2014
The Ukrainian people ousted an authoritarian leader and his cronies in 2014. The nonviolent movement dissolved the consent of the people and the loyalty of regime defenders on which Victor Yanukovych depended.
- Ukraine: a nonviolent victory, Open Democracy, 2014.
- How Ukraine Ousted an Autocrat: The Logic of Civil Resistance,
- Orange Revolution, International Center for Nonviolent Conflict. Includes a film available to watch.
- How Ukraine’s Orange Revolution shaped twenty-first century geopolitics, 2020, Atlantic Council. Includes commentary on Putin’s response to the Orange Revolution.
- Assessing Ukrainian Grassroots Activism Five Years After Euromaidan, Carnegie, Europe, 2019.
Keep up to date
- Resistance Studies Initiative, University of Massachusetts – Feed Aggregator
- Human Rights Watch: Ukraine
- Amnesty International: Ukraine