Diplomacy Lab - South African Non-Violent Protests

South Africa (SA) has a significant tradition of non-violent strategic action being used to effect change. The African National Congress (ANC), for example, only chose the armed route after many decades of peaceful protest action. More recent protest, however, such as the #feesmustfall campaign and community service delivery protests, appear to resort to violence as a matter of course, often with destruction of property and injury to people. This working group will be to examine the reasons for this change from the perspective of the non-violent traditions of Martin Luther King and Mahatma Ghandi.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Karin Warner