Violent State Repression

Violent state repression has been a large focus of research for decades and is something that activists have encountered for centuries. Recently scholars’ and activists’ understanding of repression has been called into question with the occurrences of violent state repression in Ukraine, against student protests in Venezuela, and repeatedly in the Syrian conflict. For the next two month’s essay dialogues, we have asked contributors to reflect on some of these questions in light of contemporary cases: How does repression affect future protest? How do states decide to engage in violent repression? What responses are available to protestors? And, does the type of protestor or the cause matter for who is repressed? Contributors have also been encouraged to discuss the gaps in our understanding of the dynamics of political activism and state repression, and how ongoing events may fuel future research on this topic. We are grateful to our distinguished contributors:

Jack Goldstone, George Mason University (essay)
Hank Johnston, San Diego State University (essay)
Carol Skalnik Leff and Peter Chereson, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (essay)
Heidi Reynolds-Stenson and Jennifer Earl, University of Arizona (essay)

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