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

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

TransConflict is pleased to present part sixteen 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.”

Ebola and the paradox of human rights

Ebola and the paradox of human rights

The current situation surrounding Ebola in the United States helps highlight a bizarre paradox of our time. We have become so obsessed with romanticized notions of “human rights” that we forget there are boundaries to when and how certain rights may apply.

Five more inconvenient truths about Kosovo

Five more inconvenient truths about Kosovo

Though Kosovo’s relations with the Serbian government in Belgrade have certainly improved and a series of agreements reached in April 2013 under EU mediation committed both sides to long-term normalization of relations, questions remain as to what happens next. Officials in Pristina, Belgrade and Brussels need to address a number of additional truths […]

Breaking down barriers to peace between Israel and Palestine

Breaking down barriers to peace between Israel and Palestine

Those living in an ongoing conflict such as that between Israel and Palestine build emotional and psychological forms of self-defence that underpin its continuation and the reasons why it cannot be solved, thereby eliminating accountability for the conflict’s ongoing existence. Faced with this problem, it is necessary to resort to a psychological approach […]

Why the USA may go to war in the South China Sea

Why the USA may go to war in the South China Sea

Tension in the South China Sea may make policy makers on both sides think about going to war. As China seeks to exercise its control over disputed islands and maritime waters it may seek to block US warships and military aircraft from crossing through large swathes of the South China […]

Can Cairo and Ankara turn a new leaf?

Can Cairo and Ankara turn a new leaf?

Egyptian-Turkish relations have been soured for some time. While there are no signs of rapprochement on either side, the cycle of dispute should end amid wider regional challenges.

Bosnia – stabilization stalled in negative peace

Bosnia – stabilization stalled in negative peace

The current situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina can be can safely described as extant negative peace. Structural and cultural violence are endemic. The pressing problem now is what to do when a political settlement – and stabilization and reconstruction as we know it – are not enough to break a deep-rooted protracted conflict cycle. 

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

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

TransConflict is pleased to present part fifteen 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.”

Is Komšić a better Lagumdžija?

Is Komšić a better Lagumdžija?

The impact of the recent election could become more “civic” than it might appear, if politicians seeking to represent that term examine their own motives, drop their international crutch, and craft an alternative to the patronage bedrock on which the current Bosnia and Herzegovina depends. 

Jammu and Kashmir – a dotted line and a blotted history

Jammu and Kashmir – a dotted line and a blotted history

For Jammu and Kashmir, the Line of Control (LoC) is not only a symbol of state interference in social life, but also an emotional object representing the importance of cross-border alliances. In this sense, areas along the LoC represent a social structure where state-owned military paraphernalia is considered a symbol […]

Time for a national dialogue in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Time for a national dialogue in Bosnia and Herzegovina

It is time for a national dialogue in Bosnia and Herzegovina; one that follows the pattern pioneered in Tunisia, which brought together civil society, business groups and media as well as political parties, and helped an inclusive Government emerge.

The criminal side of Ebola

The criminal side of Ebola

The Health Crisis is only one effect of the Ebola outbreak. Long term effects on the region’s ability to combat crime and provide safety and security for its citizens threaten to outlast the epidemic. International efforts to approach the outbreak should take an holistic approach at addressing the effect Ebola […]

Nagorno-Karabakh – the not-so-frozen conflict

Nagorno-Karabakh – the not-so-frozen conflict

In recent months, the ‘frozen’ Karabakh conflict has been more fire than ice. With outside powers stoking the flames, what are the chances of finally securing peace?

The dynamics of European Enlargement – the Western Balkans case

The dynamics of European Enlargement – the Western Balkans case

The dual question of statehood and state capacity is a specific feature of South East Europe and encourages the search for a modified, adapted approach to enlargement. The argument that border and minority issues in the applicant states are interdependent strengthens the case for a concerted regional approach to enlargement. 

The impact of Ebola

The impact of Ebola

The impact of the Ebola outbreak goes far beyond the thousands of people who have died a horrible death from this ugly disease.  And it should compel us radically to rethink when and especially how we respond to crises.

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

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

TransConflict is pleased to present part fourteen 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.”

Serbia – back to the future

Serbia – back to the future

One irony of Vladimir Putin’s visit to Belgrade is that it coincides with increasing talk of regional reconciliation in the Balkans. Yet the problem with reconciliation is that, as a concept, it is so slippery. Like any process aimed at transforming conflict, reconciliation works in a shadow land of nuance […]

Nobel Peace Prize win for Malala is a message to all students living in conflict – yes you can

Nobel Peace Prize win for Malala is a message to all students living in conflict – yes you can

The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) congratulates Pakistani education activist, Malala Yousafzai, and Indian child rights activist, Kailash Satyarthi, for winning the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

Iraq, Syria and the MidEast – what is to be done?

Iraq, Syria and the MidEast – what is to be done?

The essential fact of the sectarian conflicts (internal and external) that have characterized the MidEast for decades has been the artificial boundaries left behind by empire and the colonial powers. The basic question facing any political approach to restoring peace would be whether to seek to preserve those boundaries or […]

NATO reform needed

NATO reform needed

It is time for the citizenry of NATO countries to demand that the principles contained in the original NATO treaty be honoured and that Article I be followed. Bellicose statements, sanctions and other warlike moves (however futile) are not helpful in reaching a peaceful solution to the Ukraine problem.

Elections as a form of discrimination against Croats in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Elections as a form of discrimination against Croats in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Croats have long been discriminated against not only at the level of the Bosnia-Herzegovina Presidency, but also in the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina, where parties with predominant Croat electoral support have not entered government.

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

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

TransConflict is pleased to present part thirteen 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.”

Empowering female entrepreneurs in Serbia and Kosovo

Empowering female entrepreneurs in Serbia and Kosovo

TransConflict Serbia and Democracy for Development (D4D) from Kosovo – with the support of the British Embassies in Belgrade and Pristina, respectively – organized a conference in Pristina entitled the ‘Empowering female entrepreneurs in the promotion of business opportunities between Serbia and Kosovo’, as part of an on-going project, ‘Creating a New Generation of […]

Four reflections on the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina – part two

Four reflections on the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina – part two

Part two of a paper exploring how the Bonn-powered High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina is based on four fictions – of self-constitution or self-grounding; the principled non-opposability to HR’s decisions; the immediately executive character of his decrees; and his a priori interpretive superiority.

Four reflections on the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Four reflections on the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Bonn-powered High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina is based on four fictions – of self-constitution or self-grounding; the principled non-opposability to HR’s decisions; the immediately executive character of his decrees; and his a priori interpretive superiority.