Resistance and Repression: One Year on from Nicaragua's Civil Uprising


Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 12:00pm


CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Kai ThalerSpeaker: Kai Thaler, Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Harvard University

How did Nicaragua's protest movement grow so quickly in 2018, and how has President Daniel Ortega's regime survived the most serious threat yet to its rule? With activists in prison, exiled, or killed, what options remain for the opposition? One year on, we look at the roots and trajectory of Nicaraguan civil resistance campaign.

Kai Thaler is Assistant Professor of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Fellow at the Sie Cheou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies. He is the author of the 2017 article "Nicaragua: A Return to Caudillismo" in the Journal of Democracy, and his commentary on Nicaragua has been carried by outlets including the BBC, France24, and the Washington Post. He received his PhD in Government from Harvard University.