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Shaazka Beyerle is a researcher, writer and educator in nonviolent action, with a focus on anti-corruption and accountability (including linkages to governance, development, and violent conflict) as well as gender and nonviolent action. She has been a 2017 Jennings Randolph senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and is a senior advisor at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict and a nonresident fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University.

From December 2015 to June 2017 she was the lead researcher for a World Bank Nordic Trust Fund project entitled, “Citizen Participation is a Human Right: A Human Rights-Based Approach to the World Bank's Citizen Engagement Mandate,” and in 2016 was visiting professor at the University for Peace (Costa Rica). She testified at a US Congress Committee on Security and Cooperation in Europe hearing on combating corruption in the OSCE region, and served as an elected coordinating committee member, UN Convention Against Corruption Civil Society Coalition (2013-2016). She earned an M.A. in international relations from George Washington University and a B.A. from the University of Toronto.

Most recently, Ms. Beyerle is the co-author of Citizens as Drivers of Change: How Citizens Practice Human Rights to Engage with the State and Promote Transparency and Accountability (World Bank Group 2017). She is also the author of Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability and Justice (Lynne Rienner 2014), and Freedom from Corruption: A Curriculum for People Power Movements, Campaigns and Civic Initiatives (2015).

She has contributed chapters in: Challenges of Democracy in the European Union and Its Neighbors (Johns Hopkins 2016); “Is Authoritarianism Staging a Comeback?” (Atlantic Council 2015); Conflict Transformation: Essays on Methods of Nonviolence (McFarland 2013); and Civilian Jihad: Nonviolent Struggle, Democratization and Governance in the Middle East (Palgrave 2010). She regularly publishes articles and reviews, including on Romanian people power versus corruption (Foreign Policy), transitions from armed struggle to nonviolent resistance (Peace and Conflict journal), corruption and extremism (Foreign Policy), and corruption and violent conflict (Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare).

Selected publications  

Beyerle, Shaazka. 2014. Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability and Justice. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner (downloadable version and translations now available).  

Beyerle, Shaazka; David Bulman; Marco Larizza; Berenike Schott. 2017. Citizens as Drivers of Change: How Citizens Practice Human Rights to Engage with the State and Promote Transparency and Accountability. Washington, D.C.: World Bank Group.  

Beyerle, Shaazka. 2015. Freedom from Corruption: A Curriculum for People Power Movements, Campaigns and Civic Initiatives.  

Olteanu, Tina and Shaazka Beyerle. 2018. The Romanian People versus Corruption: The Paradoxical Nexus of Protest and Adaptation, Partecipazione e Conflitto (PACO): The Open Journal of Sociopolitical Studies, special issue on “Anti-corruption from below: Social movements and societal accountability (forthcoming).  

Beyerle, Shaazka and Miranda Rivers. 2017. To Curb Corruption and Violence, the ‘Sandwich Effect’, The Olive Branch Blog, US Institute of Peace, November 6.  

Beyerle, Shaazka and Tina Olteanu. 2016. How Romanian People Power Took on Mining and Corruption, The Democracy Lab-ForeignPolicy.com, November 17.  

Beyerle, Shaazka. 2016. Challenges of Democracy: Corruption – Chapter in Challenges of Democracy in the European Union and Its Neighbors, Aylin Unver Noi and Sasha Toperich (eds.), Washington, DC: Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University.  

Beyerle, Shaazka. 2015. People Power Versus the Corruption-Impunity-Authoritarian Nexus – Chapter in Is Authoritarianism Staging a Comeback?, Mathew Burrows and Maria Stephan (eds.),  Washington, DC: Atlantic Council.  

Beyerle, Shaazka. 2013. We Want Freedom: Nonviolent Conflict to Curb Corruption – Chapter in Conflict Transformation: Essays on Methods of Nonviolence, Rhea A. DuMont, Tom H. Hastings and Emiko Noma (eds.), Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishing  

Beyerle, Shaazka and Arwa Hassan. 2009. Popular Resistance against Corruption – Chapter in Civilian Jihad: Nonviolent Struggle in the Middle East, Maria Stephan (ed.), New York, NY: Routledge.

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Shaazka Beyerle

Affiliation

United States Institute of Peace

Professional Title

2017 Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow

Topics

Specialisms

Citizen engagement and empowerment, nonviolent action, grass-roots organizing, mobilization and civic initiatives -- to impact corruption and improve transparency, accountability and rights. Roles of women, youth and social media to impact corruption; Impact of international actors on grass-roots civic initiatives to impact corruption and improve transparency, accountability and rights.

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