Political developments in Syria and the region: Observations from the ground in conflict resolution practice

Political developments in Syria and the region: Observations from the ground in conflict resolution practice

Saturday March 23, 7:30-9:00 PM Nonviolent Initiative for Democracy is proud to present a lecture by Dr. Marc Gopin on "Political developments in Syria and the region: Observations from the ground in conflict resolution practice".

The Politics of Gender and Democracy in Iran: Between Rights and Honor

The Politics of Gender and Democracy in Iran: Between Rights and Honor

March 10th 5:00- 7:00PM Lecture by: Dr. Ziba Mir-Hosseini The celebration of the international women's day, Nonviolent Initiative for Democracy present a lecture on "the politics of gender and democracy in Iran: Between rights and honor by Dr. Ziba Mir-Hosseini. Since the 1979 Revolution, Iranian politics has conventionally been viewed as a polarized conflict between ‘secular’ and ‘Islamic’ ideologies. She argue that this view has masked the real battle, which has been between despotism and patriarchy, on the one hand, and democracy and feminism, on the other.

Globalization & Social Movement around the World

Globalization & Social Movement around the World

January 20- 5:00-7:00pm Location: 281 Concord Ave., Cambridge MA 02138 The Celebration of Martin Luther King the Nonviolent Initiative for Democracy presents a lecture on Globalization & Social Movement by Aram Hessami; Dr. Hessami’s specialization is in Western Political Thought and Post-modern philosophy. His research and publications are focused on Democratic Transition, Discourse Theory and Social Change

The Future of Global Development for Women

By Ava Sassani, NID Intern

With more than 10,000 microfinance institutions standing as fixtures of the world’s developing economies today (Microfinance Market Outlook, 2014), microfinance, the technique of combating poverty through the opening of traditionally inaccessible financial channels, remains alive…


How social and political movements happen?

A lecture by Dr. Aram Hessami

movements are strongly related to the legitimacy of rulers; always in these occasions the legitimacy of the existing situation is under question. In the modern time, people are the source of legitimacy and their frustration means the legitimacy of the system is severely damaged


Solidarity Democratic Movement

An Interview with Oleg Kozlovsky

Basic democratic freedoms like freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and an independent judiciary have suffered in Russia in recent years and many people, particularly the youth, have started to mobilize one another to demand a stronger democratic system free of corruption and intimidation. Oleg has been one of the leaders in this growing pro-democracy movement, training young people in nonviolent methods of resistance.


Mexico’s 30-day lesson in democracy

Marta Molina

On June 10, at 11:30 in the morning, Mexico City’s Zócalo Plaza began to fill with people wearing creative outfits and carrying posters and signs. Yo Soy 132 academics, Yo Soy 132 artists, the “free journalists 132” and everyday citizens —retirees, children, mothers and entire families — arrived from every corner of the huge plaza.



Afghan Advocates for Peace and Development (AAPD)

the US and NATO should have a strong commitment in supporting democracy and protecting women and civil rights in Afghanistan. Similar to the US, the NATO member countries should enter into a written specified agreement with Afghanistan to secure their support beyond 2014.


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Ramin Jahanbegloo

(Global Encounters: Studies in Comparative Political Theory)

Editor: Ramin Jahanbegloo


Payam Akhavan, Sohrab Behdad, Mehrzad BoroujerdiYousefi EshkevariAkbar GanjiNader HashemiFarhad KhosrokhavarAmin Reza KoohestaniMojtaba Mahdavi, Omid Memarian, Haideh


The Problematic of Modern Violence

Ali Mirsepassi

The critique of violence is linked to a critique of totality, i.e. ‘pure’ modernity. In his theory of deliberative democracy, Dewey asserted that complete democracy entails not merely voting rights but also the creation of a fully formed public dialogical space grounded in effective communication and participation among citizens, experts, and politicians through multiple institutional formations.


Engendering Democracy: Women and the Mass Social Protests in the Middle East and North Africa

Valentine M. Moghadam

The era of globalization favors the expansion of democracy, but global-level and national discourses of democracy often are inattentive to the gendered nature of democratization processes (and it cannot be assumed that neoliberal capitalism is compatible with substantive democracy). A gender analysis is needed for a deeper understanding of democracy and of democratic transitions.


International Women’s Day: Time to Make the Promise of Equality a Reality

Michelle Bachelet

We undermine the quality of our democracy, the strength of our economies, the health of our societies and the sustainability of peace.
This year’s focus of International Women’s Day on women’s equal access to education, training, science and technology underscores the need to tap
this potential.


What Egypt can learn from Ukraine

Roger Myerson, 2007 Nobel Prize Laureate in Economic Sciences

If the leaders of the new regime are serious about promoting competitive democracy in Egypt, they could do well by fulfilling this promise and writing a new constitution that devolves a substantial share of power to separately elected provincial governments. Supporters of democracy in Egypt should watch carefully what they do on this dimension.


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