Archive for February, 2012

A Bosnian plea – ‘Italians, don’t give the peace prize to Ceric’

The decision by Italy’s Ducci Foundation to award Grand Mufti Cerić its peace prizefor his contribution to reconciliation in Bosnia-Herzegovina has sparked a wave of protests from those opposed to his divisive and provocative statements.

The Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation

The Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation

TransConflict is pleased to announce the launch of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation (GCCT), comprised of over forty organizations from a variety of countries.

North Kosovo referendum – not binding, no surprise but it changes everything

The referendum makes clear that the northern Kosovo Serbs reject the imposition of Pristina’s institutions that has been the centerpiece of Quint policy for Kosovo since 2008.

A rebellious referendum in Kosovo – who should fear it and why

A rebellious referendum in Kosovo – who should fear it and why

Reactions to the referendum in the north suggest that it may be time to invite representatives of Serbs in Kosovo to sit at the negotiating table alongside Belgrade and Pristina.

Kosovo – referendum, barricades and EU plans

Ahead of a referendum in the north on attitudes towards Pristina, there are growing signs that a number of actors – particularly KFOR and the EU – are beginning to grasp the realities of the north, including the need to treat the local leaders as legitimate interlocutors.

Kosovo – another attempt to abolish the UN in the north?

Should the Kosovo government end funding of the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) Administration in Mitrovica (UAM), it will cut-off one of the few institutional linkages between north Mitrovica and Pristina.

Europe – facing the extreme

Europe – facing the extreme

Amidst a profound economic and financial crisis, Europe’s leaders must not ignore the rising popularity of extreme right-wing parties and radical anti-immigrant movements, and the threat they pose to multi-culturalism.

Multicultural crises, radicalisation and the enclave mindset

It is the emergence of homogeneous thought and dogmatism – impermeable to dialogue with anyone perceived to be outside the group, and built around rigid understandings of identity and enmity – that fuels the threat of terrorism.

On-line journalism – fostering a spirit of intolerance?

On-line journalism – fostering a spirit of intolerance?

With on-line journalism increasingly fostering a spirit of intolerance and unaccountability, more effective regulation – including the licensing of on-line journalists – needs to be considered as a potential remedy to hate speech on-line.

Sarajevo – beyond the siege

Sarajevo – beyond the siege

Over twenty years on from the onset of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ted Lieverman explores the progress of Sarajevo’s recovery – or not – from the almost four-year long siege.

Kosovo – the referendum reconsidered

Having achieved its aim of demonstrating that the northern resistance to the imposition of Pristina institutions is a genuine popular response, and not the result of criminal coercion, it is now time to reconsider the planned 15th February referendum.