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25 years after landmark treaty, children’s rights still violated with impunity in conflict

25 years after landmark treaty, children’s rights still violated with impunity in conflict

On the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) called on states to safeguard children’s rights to life and education by addressing widespread attacks on schools, teachers, and students, and military use of education buildings during […]

Dialogue group in the French Basque Country

Dialogue group in the French Basque Country

The “Declaration of Aiete” outlines proposals for strengthening French Government-ETA dialogue, dealing with the consequences of the conflict and providing a legal, political and institutional framework for the Basque Country of France.

Overcoming the stigma of sexual violence in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Overcoming the stigma of sexual violence in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Up to 50,000 women were raped during the civil war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The stigma and silence around sexual violence means that their suffering has continued long after the end of the conflict. A joint initiative by the British Embassy and civil society hopes to change this.

Turkey’s Balkan politics

Turkey’s Balkan politics

The accession of Western Balkan countries to the European Union will be among the principal preoccupations of Turkish foreign policy in the upcoming years.

Bosnia-Herzegovina and the failed revolution of the SDP (2010-2014) – part 1

Bosnia-Herzegovina and the failed revolution of the SDP (2010-2014) – part 1

Although in Bosnia and Herzegovina identitarian and ethnic parties are usually blamed for the chronic political deadlock of the country, a thorough examination of the past legislature (2010-2014) may suggest another interpretation. The deepest political crisis in the history of the country after the independence was the product of the […]

Northern Ireland – a transformative strategy for women, peace and security

Northern Ireland – a transformative strategy for women, peace and security

Moving beyond the paralysing difference of opinion about whether the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland constituted an armed conflict, women peacebuilders have produced a strategic guide which places international women, peace and security goals in a domestic framework for action.

The tenth GCCT newsletter

The tenth GCCT newsletter

TransConflict is pleased to present the tenth Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation (GCCT) newsletter, showcasing the work of the GCCT and its members.

Go Group Media from Georgia

Go Group Media from Georgia

TransConflict is pleased to showcase the work of Go Group Media from Georgia, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation.

International Peace and Development Training Center (IPDTC) training courses

International Peace and Development Training Center (IPDTC) training courses

TransConflict is pleased to present information about new training courses offered by the International Peace and Development Training Center (IPDTC), which was established by the Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR), a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation (GCCT).

Kosovo status – carpe diem?

Kosovo status – carpe diem?

Several important factors provide the context for smart, collective planning and action in the benefit of all the peoples of Kosovo and led by the northern Serbs.

South Sudan – militarization inhibits popular representation

South Sudan – militarization inhibits popular representation

With militarization inhibiting popular representation, there is a need to identify pillars of peace that that can be amplified to help transform communities away from cultures of revenge to cultures that embrace diversity and peace.  

Burkina Faso – the (in)significant coup

Burkina Faso – the (in)significant coup

While it looks as though the political transition in Burkina Faso is being handled peacefully, concerns remain that the country could descend into violent conflict. It is important, then, to ask what effect such instability could have on neighboring states, particularly Mali and Côte d’Ivoire, and the region at large. The […]

ISIS – becoming armed, dangerous and a participant in mass violence

ISIS – becoming armed, dangerous and a participant in mass violence

Leaving aside financial support from more fundamentalist elements within the various Gulf states, three factors have assisted the fast-paced recruitment of such a large army; namely, the Syrian civil war, total and pervasive inequality in Iraq, and the general plight of Muslims in these areas.

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

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

TransConflict is pleased to present part eighteen 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.”

What if the Islamic State wins?

What if the Islamic State wins?

If Islamic State cannot be defeated militarily, and if “degrading” it remains a distant and uncertain outcome, then everyone may have to accept that the IS will remain a factor and that the effort to build a Sunni state on the basis of Sharia must be allowed to play itself […]

Bosnia – the international community and Izetbegović’s project of dediscoursification

Bosnia – the international community and Izetbegović’s project of dediscoursification

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s politics in the post-Dayton period is to a large extent a politics of continuation of war by other means, and for such a continuation international actors are indeed chiefly responsible.

Bosnia – Izetbegović and implementation of the Dayton peace agreement

Bosnia – Izetbegović and implementation of the Dayton peace agreement

Alija Izetbegović, a member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina until 2000, considered the post-Dayton peace agreement period as a frame that ought to be used as a tool to continue the war by verbal means, including both legal and diplomatic channels.

Information and intelligence cooperation in multifunctional international operations

Information and intelligence cooperation in multifunctional international operations

TransConflict is pleased to recommend a course, entitled “Information and intelligence cooperation in multifunctional international operations”, organized by the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), which includes a lecture by TransConflict Advisory Board member, Julian Harston.

Bosnia – the theory of dediscoursification and Dayton as a continuation of the state of war

Bosnia – the theory of dediscoursification and Dayton as a continuation of the state of war

The theory of dediscoursification explains in detail what exactly happens when language fails; that is, when some political actors gradually come to a realization that, to their shared problems or political conflict, they are unlikely to find a joint solution in the medium of language.

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

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

TransConflict is pleased to present part seventeen 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.”

Greater Serbia and Greater Albania do not exist – the myth of bad Serb-Albanian relations

Greater Serbia and Greater Albania do not exist – the myth of bad Serb-Albanian relations

The incidents during the recent football match between Serbia and Albania and the fall-out with attacks against bakeries owned by real (and presumed) Kosovo Albanians in Serbia and the postponement of the visit of Albanian Prime Minister to Belgrade have created a misleading hype about Serb-Albanian relations.

Finding peace for Nagorno-Karabakh

Finding peace for Nagorno-Karabakh

The conflict of Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenia and Azerbaijan, is one of the bloodiest and most intractable to emerge from the breakup of the Soviet Union, making peacebuilding even more imperative. 

Confronting ISIS – military intervention or peaceful alternatives?

Confronting ISIS – military intervention or peaceful alternatives?

In the absence of a viable solution the crimes committed by ISIS, it is arguable that intervention is the only available route. However, the first step to securing sustainable peace is to iron out creases in the extant legal system and install peaceful alternatives to conflict.

Pursuing reconciliation with armed opposition groups in Afghanistan

Pursuing reconciliation with armed opposition groups in Afghanistan

Though Afghanistan’s new president, Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, has already demonstrated the political will to pursue reconciliation with armed opposition groups, such as the Taliban and Hezb-e Islami, a clear strategy is required in order to secure a sustainable peace settlement. 

Mistakes were made

Mistakes were made

Global inequality – countries divided into “haves” and “have-nots” – leads to whole groups feeling that the “modern” world has no room for them.  They become mobilizable for identity conflicts, where the identity may be anything that explains why “we” are left out.