Archive for April, 2012

Kosovo – end of ‘supervised independence’

Kosovo – end of ‘supervised independence’

In the absence of a mutually-acceptable political outcome for northern Kosovo, the UN must be prepared to stay in the field and return, if necessary, its own international police force to stand with KFOR as the responsible peacekeepers.

Women as peacemakers in Sudan – challenges and opportunities

Women as peacemakers in Sudan – challenges and opportunities

With Sudan and South Sudan on the verge of all-out war, many local peacebuilding organizations are utilising the potential of women to act as peacemakers between communities in an attempt to thwart further violence.

Inter-cultural dialogue through monasteries in Kosovo

Inter-cultural dialogue through monasteries in Kosovo

The Orthodox monasteries and the municipalities of Peć and Dečani have to start creating the basis for healthy community relations in order to ensure that the former become centres of inter-cultural dialogue, rather than a focus for conflict.

Transitional justice and the Hague Tribunal – justice impossible?

Transitional justice and the Hague Tribunal – justice impossible?

Prosecuting war crimes is only one of the prerequisites for transitional justice; the lack of other effective mechanisms at the national and regional level explains, in part, the shortcomings of transitional justice in the former Yugoslavia.

Building peace and stability in Eastern Africa

Building peace and stability in Eastern Africa

With contemporary wars in Eastern Africa largely driven by economic motives and agendas which thrive under poor governance, countries need to believe in – and practice – good and democratic governance in order to ensure peace and stability.

Kosovo – now and in the future

Kosovo – now and in the future

Kosovo faces two fundamental challenges – its still unsettled status and the economy – that will continue to inhibit its progress towards becoming a self-sustaining, economically prosperous, and socially stable country.

Do good walls make good neighbours?

Do good walls make good neighbours?

Over a decade on from the Good Friday Agreement, Belfast is yet to tackle the interfaces and contested spaces of the north of the city, or indeed to look to remove the walls that have for so long shaped the daily lives of the people living there; real peace does not need to be sustained or “secured” by walls.

Al Jazeera Balkans – an island of media professionalism

Al Jazeera Balkans – an island of media professionalism

Al Jazeera Balkans is an island of media professionalism in the region; building bridges between peoples, fostering a spirit of tolerance and reconciliation, and challenging the ‘Us’ and ‘Others’ narrative of many public broadcasters.

Kosovo – Pristina’s effort to strangle the north

Kosovo – Pristina’s effort to strangle the north

Pristina’s illegal actions against Trepca North have brought its ability to operate and pay its thousands of workers and dependents to a grinding halt; a move that is unlikely to improve an already dangerously tense situation.

Promoting inter-cultural dialogue in south east Europe

Promoting inter-cultural dialogue in south east Europe

Almost three years on from the inaugural regional ministerial conference in Sarajevo in 2009, TransConflict participated in the Second United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Conference for South East Europe in Belgrade, Serbia, on 11th April 2012.

The West, Milosevic and the collapse of Yugoslavia

Josip Glaurdic’s ‘The Hour of Europe: Western Powers and the Breakup of Yugoslavia’ makes an extremely important contribution to the understanding not only of the period he covers, but also of the more general problem of how the United States and European Union behave toward the rest of the world.

Reflections on the siege of Sarajevo

Reflections on the siege of Sarajevo

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s ethno-nationalist politicians are the product of ethno-nationalist self-partition on the part of three groups of people, all of whom have been scarred by their wartime experiences.

Kosovo – almost time to deal with the north

Only dialogue, patient outreach and a shared readiness to compromise can tackle the root causes of recent tensions in the north of Kosovo; namely, its unsettled status and Quint insistence on trying to settle it through use of force.

Serbia and Kosovo – Tadic bets on good behavior?

With Serbia’s president having announced his resignation in order to contest the presidential elections, one might have imagined the Quint giving Tadic some space and peacemaking more time; instead they seem to be focused on squeezing the noose tighter.

Regaining the face

Regaining the face

“Regaining the face” is an experimental documentary by Pance Prendzov which explores the rebuilding of Macedonia’s capital, Skopje, 80% of which was destroyed by the July 1963 earthquake.

Millet, nation, community

As a signifier, Bosnjak – which is gaining traction as a national identity in Sandjak (in both Serbia and Montenegro), and among Balkan Muslims in Western Europe – is coming to connote a political identity associated with access to state power, “European” credentials and Islamic legitimacy.

Perspectives on conflict transformation in the Balkans

Perspectives on conflict transformation in the Balkans

On Sunday, 25th March, the co-founders of TransConflict Serbia, Ms. Mirjana Kosić and Mr. Ian Bancroft, met with 30 representatives of the Young European Federalists from Germany (JEF – Junge Europäische Föderalisten) and Serbia (Mladi evropski federalisti), respectively.