Nonviolent Strategy & Democratic Security: How Nonviolent Movements Promote & Protect Democratic Values
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Nonviolent movements are not only useful in protecting democratic integrity against foreign influence, but they are also beneficial in the promotion and insulation of democratic values in nations that have not yet reached full democratic potential. Through cases studies in Eastern Europe and the United States, this thesis presents an analysis of the offensive and defensive capabilities of nonviolent movements to promote and protect democratic institutions through the use of nonviolent tactics and social media. Based on previous examples of nonviolence in action, it also offers an application of civil resistance as a viable national defense strategy to combat future complex threats. The findings aim to progress the knowledge on a largely misunderstood strategy, concluding that despite recent criticisms on the impact of movements, nonviolence has the potential to improve society and stabilize conflicts through long-term activism.