VIDEO: Civil Resistance in Ukraine and the Region

By Kroc Institute, March 23, 2022⁣

How does civil resistance work and what can it achieve? This panel discussed how civilians are using strategic civil resistance to diminish the power and impact of the Russian military.

In Ukraine, civilians replace road signs to confuse Russian military vehicles, they block roads with cement blocks and iron pins, and they have set up a complex humanitarian aid system with neighboring countries. Within Russia, protests and resignations by universities, media outlets, and professionals denounce the military invasion.

Panelists include leading experts in civil resistance, some joining us from the frontlines in Kyiv.

Panelists (listed in the order in which they will speak):

  • Maria Stephan, Chief Organizer of the Horizons Project
  • Andre Kamenshikov, Regional Representative of Nonviolence International (USA) and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) in the post-Soviet states
  • Kai Brand Jacobsen, President of the Romanian Peace Institute (PATRIR)
  • Felip Daza, Research Coordinator at Observatory on Human Rights and Business in Barcelona, Spain, professor at Sciences Po University and National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” and member of International Institute for Nonviolent Action
  • Katerina Korpalo, university student from the National University Kyiv-Mohila Academy
  • Rev. Karen Dickman, Executive Director of the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD)
  • David Cortright, Professor Emeritus of the practice at the Kroc Institute


  • Lisa Schirch, Richard G. Starmann, Sr. Professorship Chair in Peace Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

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