ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Non-violence versus US Imperialism

Challenges to US imperialism based on armed struggle have been largely unsuccessful. A much more promising strategy is non-violent popular action, which has only begun to be taken seriously for its potential long-term effectiveness. Six case studies - the Vietnam war, nuclear weapons, East Timor, Iraq, Puerto Rico and the so-called Arab Spring - illustrate the potential of popular unarmed resistance to facets of the US imperial system. This approach warrants further development.

For valuable comments on drafts, the authors thank Sharon Callaghan, Erica Chenoweth, Jack DuVall, Janne Flyghed, Yasmin Rittau and Stellan Vinthagen.

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