Shaazka Beyerle

Senior Fellow

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 was previously a senior research advisor in the Program on Nonviolent Action at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP). In 2017 she was a USIP Jennings Randolph senior fellow, is a senior advisor at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, and was a nonresident fellow at the former 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.” In 2016, she was a visiting professor at the University for Peace in Costa Rica, and testified at a 2014 US Congress Committee on Security and Cooperation in Europe hearing on combating corruption in the OSCE region.

Ms. Beyerle speaks frequently at conferences, workshops, universities and webinars, including at: Columbia Law School Center for Public Integrity; Council of Europe World Forum for Democracy; Fletcher School for Law and Diplomacy; Geneva Peace Week; George Washington University Law School; Global Partnership for Social Accountability Global Partners Forum; Harvard University; International Anti-Corruption Conferences (IACC); International Studies Association; ParlAmericas Open Parliament Network; PeaceCon; Seoul Democracy Forum; Third Conference of States Parties of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC); Transparency International Summer School on Integrity (Lithuania); University of Sydney; University of Yangon; and the World Bank Fragility Forum.

Ms. Beyerle is an elected Coordinating Committee member of the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) Civil Society Coalition, where she served once before from 2013-2016. She is a member of Transparency International’s ASK (Anti-Corruption Solutions and Knowledge Programme) Expert Network, and a Friend of the International State Crime Initiative (Queen Mary University-London, Harvard University, University of Hull), and an Editorial Board member of the State Crime journal. She earned an M.A. in international relations from George Washington University and a B.A. from the University of Toronto.

Selected publications

Beyerle, Shaazka and Sayed Ikram Afzali. 2022. Enabling Civil Society and Social Movements – Chapter in Untapped Power: Leveraging Diversity and Inclusion for Conflict and Development, Carla Koppell (ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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

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.

La Ring, Khin Sandar Nyunt, Nist Pianchupat and Shaazka Beyerle. 2020. Nonviolent Action in Myanmar: Challenges and Lessons for Civil Society and Donors. Washington, DC: United States Institute of Peace.

Beyerle, Shaazka. 2019. Six Takeaways for the Next Decade of People Power, The Olive Branch Blog, US Institute of Peace, December 2017.

Beyerle, Shaazka. 2019. Brazil’s Digital Resistance Against Corruption, Social Media, Technology and Peacebuilding Policy Brief No. 40, Toda Peace Institute, Japan.

Beyerle, Shaazka and Davin O’Regan. 2019. Overcoming Hurdles to Citizen Activism for Fiscal Governance, Fiscal Futures Blog Series, Transparency and Accountability Initiative, April 17.

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.

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, 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.

Ackerman, Peter and Shaazka Beyerle. 2016.  Lessons from Civil Resistance for the Battle Against Global Financial Corruption, Diogenes SAGE, January.

Stephan, Maria and Shaazka Beyerle (03/17/2015).  How to Stop Extremism Before It Starts,

Ackerman, Peter and Beyerle, Shaazka (01/2015). La Résistance Civile Contre La Corruption Financière, Diogene, special issue on Nonviolence.

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