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Women entrepreneurs, example not exception

Women entrepreneurs, example not exception

Women aren’t micro – so why do they only get micro-loans? Reporter Gayle Tzemach Lemmon argues that women running all types of firms – from home businesses to major factories – are the overlooked key to economic development. 

The road to peace in Mali – political roadblocks and other obstacles

The road to peace in Mali – political roadblocks and other obstacles

Civil society organisations are doing good work in Mali. But their job is being made more difficult by the need to address the root causes of conflict, especially the discontent of those in the north.

Beyond political indifference – dealing with past wrongs in Uganda

Beyond political indifference – dealing with past wrongs in Uganda

All of Uganda needs to acknowledge their duty and responsibilities to advocate for the plight of war affected victims and advance their agenda in the national to international arena.

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 6

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 6

TransConflict is pleased to present part six of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995″, which “aims at describing causes, features, and consequences of ethnic cleansing as a policy in Bosnia-Hercegovina during the war.”

Sweeping victory in India orders UN about turn over Kashmir

Sweeping victory in India orders UN about turn over Kashmir

The potential disappearance of UN military observers from Kashmir would mean the Security Council has turned a deaf ear and a blind eye to the challenges that continue to exist, and which threaten to further strain relations between India and Pakistan. 

Israel’s Gaza offensive

Israel’s Gaza offensive

The contention that Israel is on its path of conflict against Gaza in its pursuit of self-defence is not acceptable. If armed force is to be justified as self-defence under the UN Charter, it is absolutely necessary that a precursor armed attack occurred. This is simply not the case with respect […]

Before the next ISIS, we need nonviolent counterterrorism strategies

Before the next ISIS, we need nonviolent counterterrorism strategies

There are three easy paths any rational politician could advocate that will decrease hostilities, prevent the emergence of new terrorism recruiting environments and empower local communities to engage in nonviolent conflict resolution strategies. 

Protect teachers from wartime attacks

Protect teachers from wartime attacks

Attacks on teachers and other educators are a disturbingly common tactic of war and a serious threat to education, the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) said in a new study released yesterday, Protecting Education Personnel from Targeted Attack in Conflict-Affected Countries.

Basque Country – social forum to promote the peace process

Basque Country – social forum to promote the peace process

The Social Forum is an example of how a citizens’ initiative can generate new ideas and solutions to overcome impasses and find new ways to progress in the consolidation of the peace process. 

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 5

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 5

TransConflict is pleased to present part five of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995″, which “aims at describing causes, features, and consequences of ethnic cleansing as a policy in Bosnia-Hercegovina during the war.”

Can we leverage empathy to stop Boko Haram?

Can we leverage empathy to stop Boko Haram?

Empathy and dialogue, not force, are the keys to ending the Boko Haram’s campaign of violence and terror by leveraging efforts to pivot a community of fighters towards peace.

The elephant in the room – Bosnia and Herzegovina’s unmentionable Constitutional disability

The elephant in the room – Bosnia and Herzegovina’s unmentionable Constitutional disability

Considering the experience of post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina over 18 years, it is time to seriously question whether it will ever be possible for the best executed, most well-intended socio-economic projects, donations, investments and interventions to take lasting and sustainable root in the current constitutional and political structure.

Turkey’s Kurdish peace process – framework law – part 2

Turkey’s Kurdish peace process – framework law – part 2

The framework law officially bestows the Turkish government with the responsibility of introducing necessary reforms that address challenges in the social, political, psychological and educational sectors. Whilst there is no clear description of how those reforms will look like, the draft law also does not mention the word “ Kurdish” even […]

Attacks on schools commonplace in conflicts around the world

Attacks on schools commonplace in conflicts around the world

The UN Secretary-General’s report released last week confirms findings that attacks on education are a deliberate tactic in most armed conflicts worldwide, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA).

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 4

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 4

TransConflict is pleased to present part four of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995″, which “aims at describing causes, features, and consequences of ethnic cleansing as a policy in Bosnia-Hercegovina during the war.”

Across the Line of Control – the real stakeholders of peace

Across the Line of Control – the real stakeholders of peace

The 740km line of control dividing Indian and Pakistani administered Kashmir, which has been labelled ‘Asia’s Berlin wall’, has a profound impact on on communities.

Kosovo at a critical juncture

Kosovo at a critical juncture

Following the parliamentary elections of June 8, a new political landscape is emerging in Kosovo. Will it be more democratic?

June 2014 Review

June 2014 Review

TransConflict is pleased to present a selection of articles published during June, plus updates from the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation. 

Norway leading the way to end military use of schools

Norway leading the way to end military use of schools

The Norwegian government’s leadership to promote international standards to protect schools and universities from military use during armed conflict could spare students and teachers the horrors of war.

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 3

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 3

TransConflict is pleased to present part three of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995″, which “aims at describing causes, features, and consequences of ethnic cleansing as a policy in Bosnia-Hercegovina during the war.”

Bosnia and Iraq – cycles of calamity

Bosnia and Iraq – cycles of calamity

Whatever government structure is finally developed for an ethnically segregated Iraq it should not be as dysfunctional as the Dayton constitution proved to be for Bosnia. Avoidance of an equivalent post-conflict catastrophe must be the predominant goal of the international policymaker.

Turkey’s Kurdish peace process: dead end – part 1

Turkey’s Kurdish peace process: dead end – part 1

Turkey is gearing up for Presidential elections in August, and the Kurdish vote might determine the next president of Turkey. 

Understanding mass violence is the first step to reconciliation in the Central African Republic

Understanding mass violence is the first step to reconciliation in the Central African Republic

Genocidal violence is by and large political; when these politics are understood, non-violent platforms can then be constructed that provide a route to reconciliation and, in the case of the Central African Republic (CAR), rebuilding important institutions and systems for human security.

The rising gap between Shias and state institutions in Pakistan

The rising gap between Shias and state institutions in Pakistan

Targeted killings of Shias Pakistan is fuelling growing mistrust between Shias and state institutions.

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 2

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 2

TransConflict is pleased to present part two of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995″, which “aims at describing causes, features, and consequences of ethnic cleansing as a policy in Bosnia-Hercegovina during the war.”