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Dr. Maciej Bartkowski is Senior Director for Education & Research at International Center on Nonviolent Conflict where he works on academic programs for students, faculty, and professionals, curricular development, online learning and global academic and educational outreach and research in the growing field of civil resistance studies.

He has taught short seminars or spoke about strategic nonviolent conflict, movement's mobilization, nonviolent actions, civil resistance and democratization at various academic institutions around the world, including Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Amsterdam University, University of Basque Country and Deusto University in Bilbao, Central European University in Budapest, Cambridge University, Rosario University in Bogota, SAIS program inBologna, Honk Kong University, Euro-Mediterranean University in Slovenia, Collegium Civitas in Poland, Cairo University in Egypt, United Nations Peace University in Costa Rica.




The work on the book started in August 2009 as soon as I joined the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), a Washington based nonprofit private foundation that creates and disseminates knowledge about civil resistance. ICNC’s leadership, together with its founding chair, Peter Ackerman, and its president, Jack DuVall, has been wholeheartedly supportive of the project— both intellectually and materially. Without their support, this volume would not have seen the light of day.


Another person who has been instrumental in the development of the book, and whose editing skills and historical insights have been invaluable, is Howard Clark, the author of the chapter on Kosovo. Many times over, Howard played the indispensable role of mentor and ghost editor.


Hardy Merriman, ICNC Vice President, scrupulously and with a great intellectual precision informed by his deep knowledge of strategic nonviolent conflict offered his own corrections and requested further clarification, all of which enhanced the book.


My special appreciation goes to Mary Elizabeth King, the author of the chapter on Palestine, for her unceasing encouragement and insights into nonviolent struggles.


Furthermore, engaging discussions with Stephen Zunes, chair of the ICNC academic advisers’ committee, enlightened me on many important aspects of civil resistance during independence struggles.


Suravi Bhandary, former ICNC program associate, was a valuable behind-the-scenes manager of the project, as well as a diligent assistant in creating the appendix of conflict summaries presented at the end of the book. I thank other ICNC staff members, including Ashley Farnan and Jake Fitzpatrick for their editing suggestions as well as the anonymous reviewers whose recommendations bear on the improved content of the book.


Last but certainly not least, I extend my appreciation to Lynne Rienner and her staff that worked tirelessly on a rough manuscript and turned it into the beautifully designed and well-edited book that you -the reader- can now purchase.

Dr. Bartkowski also speaks about civil resistance at different policy forums that in the past included Council of Europe in Strasbourg, Wilton Park in UK, Community of Democracies meeting in Santiago, Chile. He conducts research and writes on nonviolent movements and strategic nonviolent conflict.

His co-authored articles on civil resistance include A Human Right to ResistEgypt: How to Negotiate the Transition. Lessons from Poland and China  and forthcoming Snowball Effects and Political Space in Civil Resistance: Understanding the Effectiveness of Strategic Nonviolent Conflict.

Dr. Bartkowski holds the position of Adjunct Professor at George Mason University where he co-teaches a course on civil resistance. In Fall 2013, he will teach a course on nonviolent populous warfare in Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University.

Before joining ICNC Dr. Bartkowski has worked as a lecturer, a visiting faculty and a director of academic programs at a number of academic institutions in the United States, Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He taught at the Bard College Globalization and International Affairs Program in New York, the Open Society Institute Undergraduate Exchange Program, Adelphi University and at the Academy of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

He has also done research at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, a traineeship at the European Parliament, was an European Union observer of the Lebanese parliamentary elections in 2005 and the OSCE election supervisor in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1997. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and M.A. in International Relations and European Studies from Central European University in Budapest, completed his undergraduate work at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and speaks fluent English, Polish and Russian, as well as basic Ukrainian and German.

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