Archive for May, 2012

Upholding the principles of conflict transformation

Upholding the principles of conflict transformation

With the addition of eight new members, the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation is now comprised of over seventy organizations, each committed to upholding the principles of conflict transformation.

Europe and the Balkans – a goal worth aspiring to?

Europe and the Balkans – a goal worth aspiring to?

TransConflict participated in the TransEuropa festival in London, part of a Europe-wide festival which takes place simultaneously in 14 cities, including Belgrade for the very first time.

A new narrative – why a ‘Bosnian Spring’ is Bosnia’s only hope

A new narrative – why a ‘Bosnian Spring’ is Bosnia’s only hope

TransConflict is pleased to present a response to a recent article by Dusan Babic, entitled ‘The war of narratives’, which calls for a new narrative and mobilization that challenges the prevailing politics of division and fear.

Kosovo – Pristina’s Potemkin ‘North Kosova’

Kosovo – Pristina’s Potemkin ‘North Kosova’

Pristina’s demand that UNMIK close its office in north Mitrovica, combined with attempts to install its own Potemkin administration in its place, constitute a fresh assault on peace and stability.

Recovery in Rwanda – traditional courts for reconciliation

Recovery in Rwanda – traditional courts for reconciliation

Gacaca Courts – local courts based upon communitarian values – were recovered from previous traditions by the post-genocide government; focusing not necessarily on punishment, but first and foremost on forgiveness and reconciliation.

Beyond transitional justice – memorialisation in Africa

Beyond transitional justice – memorialisation in Africa

The African Union Human Rights Memorial (AUHRM) will not only memorialise the victims of major African human rights atrocities, but also document, research and educate current and future generations about major human rights abuses on the continent.

The war of narratives

The war of narratives

Different historical accounts produce different war-inspired and post-war narratives, particularly narratives of victimhood and collectivised guilt, which undermine attempts to foster tolerance and reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Kosovo – Pristina doesn’t really want negotiations on the north

The May 17 arrest of a young Serb employee of UNMIK’s north Mitrovica office suggests that the Kosovo Albanians have no intention of accepting a negotiated outcome for the region north of the Ibar River.

New members of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation

New members of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation

In the past month, TransConflict has been pleased to welcome a host of new members of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation, which works to uphold and implement the Principles of Conflict Transformation.

The West, Milosevic and the collapse of Yugoslavia – a response to David B. Kanin

The West, Milosevic and the collapse of Yugoslavia – a response to David B. Kanin

Josip Glaurdic responds to a review of his new book, ‘The Hour of Europe: Western Powers and the Breakup of Yugoslavia’, by David B. Kanin, whose own response is also presented below.

Kosovo – getting to dialogue on the north

Kosovo – getting to dialogue on the north

Having realized that the north cannot simply be conquered, the Quint might finally be ready to recognize that something more than the bare outline of the Ahtisaari Plan may be required to unlock the status dispute.

The art of debating

The art of debating

A regional tournament in Belgrade provided students from throughout the Western Balkans with the opportunity to debate a variety of contemporary issues of relevance to the region and beyond.

Salience and emotion

Salience and emotion

Progress toward more effective management of regional disputes will be possible only if leaders emerge inside the region capable and willing to channel their own and their followers’ emotions toward negotiations everyone accepts from the outset will lead to painful sacrifices on everyone’s part.

The International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict

TransConflict is pleased to announce that it has become a signatory to the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict.

Dealing with the past in post-conflict societies

Dealing with the past in post-conflict societies

Unless the past is articulated in such a way in which the connection of events and experiences are integrated in a real and meaningful way, the ‘truths’ which drove conflict will continue to be reproduced.

Serbia votes for jobs and prosperity

Serbia votes for jobs and prosperity

Amidst a deteriorating economic environment, the Serbian electorate goes to the polls on May 6th with issues such as jobs and prosperity trumping those of Kosovo and the EU.

Mostar – heritage reconstruction in a divided city

A new research film by the European CRIC Research Project analyses the unexpected outcomes of heritage reconstruction in Bosnia and Herzegovina, twenty years after the outbreak of war.