By Associated Press - Sunday, October 25, 2015

CLARENDON, Vt. (AP) - A 1995 graduate of Vermont’s Mill River Union High School has won a prestigious award from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy for a study pointing to nonviolence as the best way to make change.

The Rutland Herald reports that Maria Stephan and her collaborator - Erica Chenoweth - did a statistical analysis that resulted in the 2011 publication of a study called “Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict.”

The authors looked at more than 300 uprisings around the world between 1900 and 2006 and found that the nonviolent ones were more than twice as likely to succeed as the violent ones.

The Henry J. Leir (‘Leer’) Human Security Award follows two other national awards the study has received.

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