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All parties should protect schools and children in Gaza conflict

All parties should protect schools and children in Gaza conflict

Attacks on schools that are not being used for military purposes violate international humanitarian law. The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) calls on all parties to the conflict to respect education facilities as safe zones and to refrain from any military activity in or around schools that could […]

July 2014 Review

July 2014 Review

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

Bosnia’s constitutional reform – response to Valery Perry

Bosnia’s constitutional reform – response to Valery Perry

Florian Bieber responds to Valery Perry’s piece on constitutional reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

More muddling through in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

More muddling through in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

Constitutional reform is never a “panacea,” in any country. However, by engaging citizens, creating opportunities for litigation and targeting constituencies ready and able to demand accountability in targeted areas, the language of reform can at least be normalized and, perhaps even democratized.

The Interfaith Encounter Association from Israel

The Interfaith Encounter Association from Israel

TransConflict is pleased to present the profile of the Interfaith Encounter Association from Israel, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation.

Why constitutional reform will not solve the Bosnian blockade

Why constitutional reform will not solve the Bosnian blockade

Whilst the strong link between ethnicity, territory and governance has caused problems that contribute to the Bosnian crisis, the constitutional reform cannot hope to overcome this, but can only reduce its impact at best. Constitutional reform entails a trade-off between seeking to achieve modest improvements of the institutional structure, whilst sustaining […]

Sarajevo, one hundred years later

Sarajevo, one hundred years later

Last month commemorations were held to mark 100 years since the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand – and the beginning of the chain of events that led to World War One. A century later, the events of 1914 still cause division in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

A political framework for a new approach to Israeli-Palestinian coexistence

A political framework for a new approach to Israeli-Palestinian coexistence

A political framework for a new approach to Israeli-Palestinian coexistence provides for a joint country called Israel-Palestine having equal rights for all, separate geographical areas for the two peoples, the ability by individuals to live anywhere in the entire country (within practical limits) either as a citizen or as a […]

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 7

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 7

TransConflict is pleased to present part seven 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.”

Wi’am from Palestine

Wi’am from Palestine

TransConflict is pleased to present the profile of Wi’am from Palestine, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation.

The Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation – An Update

The Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation – An Update

TransConflict is pleased to provide an update on the work of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation (GCCT), which is comprised of organizations committed to upholding and implementing the Principles of Conflict Transformation.

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).