UCL Uncovering Politics

Courage in Politics

Episode Summary

This week we are looking at the place of courage in politics. What is it? And what role does it play – in times both of conflict and of peace?

Episode Notes

We’re looking this week at the political role of courage. The current, dreadful conflict in Ukraine provides numerous extraordinary examples of courage: of civilians who stand up to Russian tanks; of Ukraine’s president, who remains in Kyiv despite manifest personal danger; of anti-war protesters in Russia, who take to the streets though they know they are likely to be arrested and perhaps beaten. 

Courage can take many forms. So we ask what exactly it is, and what roles it can play – in times of conflict and in the context of peaceful democracy.

But first, we’ll focus in on one kind of clearly courageous action in politics – the action of local peace communities in conflict-ridden societies. We’ll consider what these local peace communities are, where they can be found, and when they succeed.

To explore courage and peace communities, we are joined by two PhD students here in the UCL Department of Political Science.