About the Regional Institute

The Regional Institute on the Study and Practice of Strategic Nonviolent Action in the Americas offers practitioners and academics alike a great opportunity to learn about, and reflect on, ways to achieve social change nonviolently. Join us to learn how strategic nonviolent action can shift the existing balance of power and increase awareness of issues of injustice with the goal of bringing about change. Come and learn from case studies throughout Latin America and the world.

This course is designed to equip activists, scholars, teachers, professionals, and other future peacebuilders from all countries in the Americas with practical tools, knowledge, and hands-on experience to understand the power of nonviolent action to transform the state and society and improve social justice.

What is strategic nonviolent action?

Strategic nonviolent action is a powerful way for people to fight for their rights, freedom, justice, and self-determination without resorting to violence.

It can be carried out through tactics such as strikes, boycotts, mass protests and various forms of non-cooperation. As large numbers participate in these actions in a unified, organized, and disciplined way, they disrupt the capacity of their opponents to control events. When a movement sequences its tactics to strategically escalate pressure on its opponent, while remaining resilient and avoiding or withstanding repression, it can impose dramatic costs and force change by undercutting the existing system’s base of support, shifting the loyalties of its defenders and causing bystanders to side with the movement.

Many nonviolent action campaigns and movements have created these dynamics and changed history as a result. Even violent adversaries have been susceptible to nonviolent challenges.


  • What is strategic nonviolent action?
  • How nonviolent action works
  • Why nonviolent campaigns succeed or fail
  • Nonviolent strategy and tactics
  • Movement and campaign communications and media
  • Case studies of movements and campaigns from Latin America and around the world, including field trip
  • How strategic nonviolent action shapes societies, national, and international affairs


  • Work in groups to create strategic and tactical action plans
  • Bilingual curriculum with simultaneous translation from English into Spanish and Spanish into English


Agenda and session summaries of the Regional Institute for the Study and Practice of Strategic Nonviolent Action


  • 97% of participants recommended the Regional Institute to other people.
  • 89% reported having greater knowledge about civil resistance and nonviolent organizing than before they joined the Institute.
  • 100% of participants reported that they learned about strategic nonviolent action from other course participants, highlighting the significance of collective horizontal learning that took place at the Institute.