John Green's article about the arms trade fuelling conflict around the globe was very interesting (M Star January 17).
Those interested in nonviolent struggle may like to read the 2011 book Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict by Erica Chenoweth and Maria J Stephan.
Looking at 323 violent and nonviolent attempts at regime change between 1900 and 2006, the authors found that nonviolent campaigns were twice as successful as violent campaigns.
Moreover, they note that nonviolent campaigns are more likely to lead to democratic forms of government than violent campaigns, after the regime has been disposed.
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