Rebel Power: Why National Movements Compete, Fight, and Win
- Date: –17:30
- Location: Lewinsalen, room 3576, Östra Ågatan 19, Uppsala
- Lecturer: Peter Krause, Associate Professor of political science at Boston College, Research Affiliate with the MIT Security Studies Program
- Organiser: Department of Peace and Conflict Research, and Uppsala Forum
- Contact person: Mattias Vesterlund
Welcome to this Uppsala Forum Guest Lecture on national movements.
Most of the world’s states—from Algeria to Ireland to the United States—are the result of robust national movements that achieved independence. Many other national movements have failed in their attempts to achieve statehood, including the Basques, the Kurds, and the Palestinians. In Rebel Power, Peter Krause offers a powerful new argument to explain this variation focusing on the internal balance of power among nationalist groups, who cooperate with each other to establish a new state while simultaneously competing to lead it. Krause conducted years of fieldwork in government and nationalist group archives in the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe, as well as more than 150 interviews with participants in the Palestinian, Zionist, Algerian, and Irish national movements. Krause identifies new turning points in the history of these movements and provides fresh explanations for their use of violent and nonviolent strategies, as well as their numerous successes and failures. His findings help us understand the causes and consequences of contentious collective action today, from the Arab Spring uprisings to the civil wars and insurgencies in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and beyond.
Peter Krause is an Associate Professor of political science at Boston College and a Research Affiliate with the MIT Security Studies Program. He is the author of Rebel Power: Why National Movements Compete, Fight, and Win (Cornell University Press, 2017) and the co-editor of Coercion: The Power to Hurt in International Politics (Oxford University Press, 2018). He has published articles on Middle East politics, political violence, and national movements in Comparative Politics, International Security, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, and Security Studies, among others. His current projects focus on which insurgent organizations take power after regime change and the impact of education on attitudes about terrorism.