M. Hardy Merriman, President

Hardy Merriman - President

Hardy Merriman - PresidentHardy Merriman is President of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC).  His work focuses on how grassroots civil resistance movements around the world can successfully fight for rights, freedom, and justice.  He lectures widely to practitioners, scholars, and members of civil society.

Mr. Merriman has contributed to the books Is Authoritarianism Staging a Comeback? (2015) by The Atlantic Council (ed.), Civilian Jihad: Nonviolent Struggle, Democratization, and Governance in the Middle East (2010) by Maria Stephan (ed.), and Waging Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century Practice and 21st Century Potential (2005) by Gene Sharp.  He has also written about the role of nonviolent action in countering terrorism and co-authored A Guide to Effective Nonviolent Struggle, a training curriculum for activists.  His writings in total have been translated into nine languages.  For a full publication list, click here.  He has worked with the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict since 2005, and prior to that with the Albert Einstein Institution from 2002.
Mr. Merriman has worked with activists from around the world and was also Institute Director (in 2013 and 2014) for the James Lawson Institute, an eight-day intensive program for North American organizers and activists.  His work with academics and members of civil society includes presenting on diverse topics related to nonviolent civil resistance at venues such as the Australian Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (University of Queensland), Cambridge University (UK), the Center for Victims of Torture (Minneapolis, Minnesota), the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University), Harvard University, Middlebury College, Monterey Institute for International Studies, Oberlin College, Stanford University, Swarthmore College, the United States Institute of Peace, Wesleyan University, and many other venues.  He is a graduate of Oberlin College.

The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict is an independent, nonprofit educational foundation that develops and encourages the study and use of civilian-based, nonmilitary strategies to establish and defend human rights, democracy and justice worldwide. It accepts no grants, contracts or funding of any kind from any government or government-related organization or from any other foundation, corporation or institution. It is funded entirely by the family philanthropy of the founding chair.

Source: UNODC

International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC)

ECOSOC Status: None
Type: NGO working on Crime
Address: P.O. Box 18218,
Washington, DC 20006

1919 Pennsylvania Ave
N.W. Suite 725
Washington DC, 20006

Country: United States of America
Region: Northern America
Website: http://www.nonviolent-conflict.org/
UN Languages: English, French, Spanish
Other languages: German, Greek, Polish
  • Research
  • Anti-Corruption
  • Anti-Human Trafficking

  • Other:'Human Rights, Rule of law, Governance, Civil resistance, Civil empowerment, non-violent action'
Short description: Founded in 2002, ICNC is an independent, neutral, non-profit educational foundation that develops resources and knowledge about the use of civilian-based nonviolent strategies to establish and defend human rights, democracy, transparency, and justice, and to fight corruption.
It disseminates a growing collection of articles, monographs, books, DVD documentaries, translations and a second generation computer-based nonviolent strategy video game, which includes an anti-corruption scenario. ICNC cooperates with educational institutions to convene courses and seminars, such as the annual Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict, Tufts University. It participates in international meetings and symposia, including the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC). ICNC is also supporting a new one-year research project on citizen campaigns to fight corruption, to be completed in August 2010.


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