From 1996 until 2006, Nepal experienced a civil war that resulted in over 16,000 casualties. Remarkably, the conflict transitioned from an armed insurgency to a civil resistance campaign that overthrew the monarchy and brought about a transition to democracy. Leveraging a framework developed by Véronique Dudouet in her 2017 ICNC Special Report, Powering to Peace: Integrated Civil Resistance and Peacebuilding Strategies, this case study analyzes how a combination of civil resistance and peacebuilding strategies made the transition from civil war to civil resistance in Nepal possible and how it led to a successful conflict settlement. However, it also reveals how failures in post-conflict peacebuilding and some shortcomings of civil resistance strategies during that time have produced a turbulent aftermath, falling short of the goals of reconciliation, transitional justice, and sustainable peace.
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|Publisher:||International Center on Nonviolent Conflict|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.14(d)|
About the Author
Ches Thurber is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Northern Illinois University. His research and teaching focus on international security, conflict, and contentious politics. Dr. Thurber has held fellowships at the University of Chicago and Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He received his Ph.D. and MALD from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and his B.A. from Middlebury College. His book project, "Between Gandhi and Mao: The Social Roots of Civil Resistance," investigates how social structures inform movements' willingness to engage in nonviolent and violent strategies. Dr. Thurber's research has been published or is forthcoming in the International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Global Security Studies, and Conflict Management and
Peace Science, among others.