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

Demosisto and other pro-democracy movements in Hong Kong

By Leigh Crossett, NID Intern

In April 2016, Hong Kong students, Joshua Wong and Nathan Law, founded a new pro-democracy political party called ‘Demosisto’ (Branigan). Derived from the Latin words, “demos”, meaning “the people”, and “sisto”, meaning “standing…



By Leigh Crossett, NID Intern

On 19 May 2017, Iranian voters took to the polls to elect their new city and village councilors in tandem with the presidential election. While the power of city and village councils’ are limited…


The Importance of Civic Engagement

By Leigh Crossett, NID Intern

On 25 May 2017, German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and former President of the United States, Barack Obama, addressed the crowd at the German Protestant Kirchentag festival in Berlin. With the theme as, “Being Involved…


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.


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