Civil disobedience

Students cheer on speakers during a gathering to mark the first anniversary of student groups stormed the parliament in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

10 years ago, the Sunflower Movement pushed Taiwan away from China


March 18 marks the 10-year anniversary of a movement that changed Taiwanese politics for a generation. The Sunflower Movement saw hundreds of students occupy Taiwan’s Legislature — demanding that lawmakers reconsider a trade deal they were about to ratify with China.

A woman in Tehran climbs onto a car and sets her hijab ablaze.

‘The hijab will never be the same,’ protester in Iran says

Israeli armor moves along northern point of Syria during the Yom Kippur War of October 1973.

Unmaking modern strategy: Part II

Critical State
A man raises his fist and wears a black BLM shirt as he stands in the sunroof of a car with a huge American flag.

Legislating peace and security: Part I

Critical State
The area where the statue of Edward Colston stood is seen

Symbols of ‘racist past’ topple amid global BLM protests; New Zealand reports no active COVID-19 cases

Top of The World
A black man stands in a crowd with his fist raised in the air.

The power of protest: Part I

Critical State

Critical State looks at the power of protest to lead to lasting change. According to new research by Omar Wasow, the power of protests to set agendas is high, it seems, but its power to persuade is limited.

A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask attends a Human Rights Day march organized by the Civil Human Right Front, in Hong Kong, China, on Dec. 8, 2019.

Nonviolent protest defined the decade. But is civil resistance losing its impact?

Global Politics

As the number and size of nonviolent protests worldwide have grown, so has the frequency of governments acting in authoritarian ways.

A student leans over a candle at a memorial with lots of photos and paintings

How one protester’s death by Colombian riot police polarized the movement


Dilan Cruz’s death made him a martyr in the eyes of many Colombians, reigniting mass protests just as they began to fade. But his death has also been used to politicize the moment as President Ivan Duque attempts to quell the weeks-long protests. 

Cameras and people surround Joshua Wong as he speaks to the media.

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong: ‘We will continue our battle until the day we have democracy’

Conflict & Justice

In Hong Kong, protesters are prepared to take to the streets on July 1, the day of Hong Kong’s handover from the UK to China, to protest a controversial bill that would allow extradition from Hong Kong to mainland China. Joshua Wong is one of the leaders of the protest movement, and he spoke to The World’s host, Marco Werman, about his experience advocating for Hong Kong’s people.

A police officer is shown with a helmet and clear face mask down, striking a person with an umbrella with his batton.

In Hong Kong, anger and frustration toward China aren’t new

Conflict & Justice

Demonstrators in Hong Kong are calling for the repeal of a controversial new extradition bill with China. But that’s just the last straw for many Hongkongers, whose resentment toward mainland China has been building for some time.