In light of the Middle Eastern revolutions, Wesleyan Gov. professor and professional badass Erica Chenoweth wrote a guest-post a couple of days ago in the political science blog The Monkey Cage, arguing for non-violent conflict studies to be considered a primary (or at least, an important) dimension in security studies. She was later quoted in political commentator Andrew Sullivan‘s blog, The Daily Dish.
Now, in case you didn’t know, Chenoweth is the head honcho of the Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research (PTIR) here at Wesleyan, which she started in 2008. (For more information on the program, go here. Also, PTIR is looking for research interns this summer, and the deadline for applications is tomorrow. For that, go here.) Prof. Chenoweth is also a mad-cool person, and you should drop by her office and say hi.
She’s also an affiliate of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), an independent non-profit (and apparently apolitical) organization that seeks to promote the study and practice of nonmilitary and nonviolent strategies in achieving political and social goals. On a related note, ICNC Senior Advisor Hardy Merriman was here this past Tuesday to give a poli-sci breakdown of the Egyptian protests. It, too, was mad-cool. Happy second-last day prior to Spring Break!
[Thanks to Shoutbox Poster for the tip!]