The Fletcher School: 7th Annual Fletcher Doctoral Conference

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Peter Ackerman is the Founding Chair of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, and one of the world’s leading authorities on the issue of nonviolent resistance. He is co-author of two seminal books, A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict (Palgrave/St. Martin's Press, 2001) and Strategic Nonviolent Conflict: The Dynamics of People Power in the Twentieth Century (Praeger, 1994).

Dr. Ackerman is currently managing director of Rockport Capital Inc., a private investment firm. He is also a member of various boards, including the executive council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, the U.S. advisory council of the United States Institute of Peace, the advisory board for America Abroad Media, and the board of directors of Spirit of America, a nonprofit humanitarian organization in the United States. He previously served as chairman of the board of Freedom House.

Dr. Ackerman was the Executive Producer of the PBS-TV documentary, "Bringing Down a Dictator," on the fall of Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic. It received a 2003 Peabody Award and the 2002 ABC News VideoSource Award of the International Documentary Association. He was also the Series Editor and Principal Content Advisor for the two-part Emmy-nominated PBS series, A Force More Powerful, which charts the history of civilian-based resistance in the 20th century.

Dr. Ackerman holds a Ph.D. from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, where he also served as Chairman of the Board of Overseers for fifteen years.