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Thursday, June 13 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Separating human rights activism from regime change

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This session promotes reflection by activists on how their efforts risk being co-opted by nation states pursuing regime change. Panelists will review ways that governments have used civil society activism to advance geopolitical goals (in state-to-state rivalry.) Then participants will discuss whether that background relates to today's experiences. The first part, on deep background, is multidimensional. It will be historical (e.g. examples of "political warfare" dating back to the Trojan War,) conceptual (e.g. notions of "unconventional warfare," "protest potential," "strategic narratives," etc.), and political (episodes of Internet-empowered activism that led to regime change but not to obvious increases in democracy.) In the second part, attendees will be invited to relate these histories and concepts to their own experiences or to those of their peers. Activists may explore whether today's situations bear any resemblance to past experiences and, if so, what that means for practice. The goal of the session is to make human rights activism more effective in achieving its goals of advancing human rights, social justice, and good governance.

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Hans Klein

Assoc. Professor of Public Policy, Georgia Tech (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Political science research on Internet governance.


Thursday June 13, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am BST
Cyrene (Laico)