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Peter Ackerman (born November 6, 1946) is the founding chair of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict and the managing director of Rockport Capital Incorporated. He chaired the board of trustees of Freedom House from September 2005 until January 2009. He is a member of the Board of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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He was born in New York City, New York. As an undergraduate he attended Colgate University. After he graduated from Colgate, he attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy where in he earned a Ph.D. in 1976 in International Relations. One of Dr. Ackerman's advisors was Gene Sharp. Dr. Ackerman's thesis, Strategic Aspects of Nonviolent Resistance Movements, examined the nonviolent strategy and tactics used by people who are living under oppression and have no viable military option to free themselves.
After he received his PhD, Dr. Ackerman joined Drexel Burnham Lambert where he worked as an investment banker for 15 years. After the departure of Michael Milken following the SEC investigation of the firm, he was co-head of the High Yield Bond Department, helping, among other things, to shepherd through the RJ Reynolds LBO in 1989 -- the largest LBO in history, which generated $1 billion in fees and record bonuses for employees working on the deal.
In 1990 Dr. Ackerman moved to London where he was a visiting scholar at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. During this time he co-authored with Christopher Kruegler the book Strategic Nonviolent Conflict. Dr. Ackerman was also a content advisor on the Emmy-nominated documentary A Century of Nonviolent Conflict and co-authored with Jack Duvall a book of the same title. In 2002 Dr. Ackerman also helped produce the documentary Bringing Down A Dictator, the sequel to A Force More Powerful, which chronicled the fall of Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic by nonviolent means.
Dr. Ackerman and his wife have two sons, one a mathematician and Olympic wrestler for England, and the other an officer in the United States Marine Corps, who earned the Silver Star for his service in Iraq.