World Protests Study

As protests are on the rise, people across the globe demand human rights, decent living standards, and real democracy.

Free E-Book | Interactive Website | Online Discussion

Protests have been getting a dubious reputation lately, but leaders everywhere should understand that they are a core tenet of democracy. A new study shows that the overwhelming majority of protests around the world are peaceful and advance reasonable demands. Protesters want human rights, decent living standards, and a voice in the decisions that impact their quality of life.

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in New York and the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD) at Columbia University hosted an online panel discussion of findings from a new FES/IPD open-source e-book, World Protests: A Study of Key Protest Issues in the 21st Century, which is available as a FREE download via Palgrave Macmillan and received global press coverage in the Washington Post, Daily Mail La Crónica de HoyLA NACION, and other outlets. 

World Protests examines 2,809 protests between 2006-2020 in 101 countries and is accompanied by aninteractive website, which allows visitors to access the comprehensive database of 21st-century world protests underpinning the research project.

The November 9th discussion of the book included a presentation by the authors as well as the views and reactions of a distinguished panel of thought leaders and activists. Missed the event? Watch it on YouTube



  • Michael Bröning, Executive Director, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York


  • Isabel Ortiz, Social Justice Program, IPD, Columbia University
  • Sara Burke, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, New York
  • Mohamed Berrada, Economist & Data Analyst
  • Hernan Saenz Cortes, International Relations Expert


  • Alejandra Alayza Moncloa,Head of Office,Oxfam Peru
  • Walden Bello, Human Rights Activist;Co-Chair of the Board, Focus on the Global South
  • Thomas Frank,Best-selling Author, “What’s the Matter with Kansas?”
  • Tinashe Mazala,Co-Founder and Chair of the Board, Centre for Young Leaders in Africa
  • Owen Tudor, Deputy General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)


  • Ines Pohl, Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief, Deutsche Welle 

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