Archive for October, 2012

Aid on Palestinian terms – the case for a boycott

Aid on Palestinian terms – the case for a boycott

Palestinians, already denied their right to self-determination, should not have to receive aid in ways that further undermine local priorities, capacities and ownership.

Did the EU deserve the Nobel peace prize?

Did the EU deserve the Nobel peace prize?

At this critical juncture for Europe, it is important to remember that the EU – despite its very own shortcomings – has strengthened democracy across the old continent and acted as a vital barrier against extremism and nationalism.

Where did Assad go to school?

Where did Assad go to school?

The Sri Lanka model – where a long, low-intensity civil war reached a violent, bloody climax; yet its architects remain in power and have escaped formal sanction by the international community – may have demonstrated to Assad that a brutal, uncompromising approach to internal dissent does not have to end […]

Post-war Sri Lanka – the challenges of reconciliation, reintegration and rehabilitation

Post-war Sri Lanka – the challenges of reconciliation, reintegration and rehabilitation

Three years on from the bloody end to its civil war, Sri Lanka remains beset by the challenges of reconciliation, reintegration and rehabilitation, and faces intense scrutiny over allegations of war crimes and widespread human rights violations.

Religious Tension In Mannar, Sri Lanka

Religious Tension In Mannar, Sri Lanka

As displaced citizens of all religions return to their former homes, land issues and fishing rights in Sri Lanka are hugely contentious and – unless carefully managed by the government – can easily spill over into communal tension.

Kosovo – Belgrade plays smarter but still with nowhere to go?

Kosovo – Belgrade plays smarter but still with nowhere to go?

The EU-led “dialogue” between Belgrade and Pristina will stall at some juncture because of the failure of the Quint and Pristina to accept a real compromise over the north, one that keeps it within Kosovo but also functionally part of Serbia.

Afghanistan – I want to study, so shoot me

Afghanistan – I want to study, so shoot me

By denying women many of their most basic human rights and fundamental freedoms, the Taliban regime in Afghanistan was the proverbial death-knell for progressive lifestyles of women in the country; as the shocking case of Malala Yousufzai demonstrates in the starkest possible manner.

Women in Afghanistan – struggling for representation in the peace process

Women in Afghanistan – struggling for representation in the peace process

The absence of a women’s grassroots support network or social movement is one of the key reasons women have been unable to exert more influence on the peace process in Afghanistan, meaning that any future peace settlement may lack sufficient safeguards to promote and entrench women’s voices.

Rwanda and the DR Congo – ending the culture of impunity

Rwanda and the DR Congo – ending the culture of impunity

Tackling the root causes of war between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo requires an end to the culture of impunity, particularly the prosecution of alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF).

The Democratic Republic of Congo – the business of war

The Democratic Republic of Congo – the business of war

A heady mix of rebels pursuing power, abundant resources and a lack of strategic solutions to address the underlying problems continues to fuel violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Youth as a bridge – peacebuilding in north-western Kenya

Youth as a bridge – peacebuilding in north-western Kenya

The emergence of locally-initiated and supported peacebuilding initiatives by young people – acting as change agents, mentors and leaders – is fostering a new paradigm in governance, development and peacebuilding amongst pastoralist communities in north-western Kenya.

Building an inclusive peace process in the Basque Country

Building an inclusive peace process in the Basque Country

It is time for the local, regional and state-wide political leadership to recognise the maturity of local civil society and afford it a lead-role in the resolution of the Basque conflict and all aspects that surround it – such as the issue of prisoners, the victims of terrorism, political legitimacy and even the right to repentance.

Kosovo – time for reconciliation

Kosovo – time for reconciliation

TransConflict is pleased to present a report, published as part of the project ‘Mediation through Monasteries in Kosovo’, which calls for the establishment of a Community Relations Council to strengthen relations between Peć/Pejë municipality and the Patriarchate.

The Big Give’s Christmas Challenge

The Big Give’s Christmas Challenge

With your help, TransConflict is aiming to secure £2,500 in pledges by midnight on October 14th in order to maximise the benefits of participating in the Big Give’s Christmas Challenge!

Bosnia’s transitional justice strategy requires political support

Bosnia’s transitional justice strategy requires political support

Two years after it was commissioned, Bosnia and Herzegovina has a draft Transitional Justice Strategy; however doubts persist as to whether the document will be adopted, despite widespread acceptance of its importance.

Resolving the Basque conflict

Resolving the Basque conflict

The Spanish government should immediately establish contacts with ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna); not because it owes ETA anything, but because Basque society wants the irreversibility of the end of violence to be guaranteed through the disarmament and dismantling of ETA’s structures.

Kosovo – the EU’s many voices

Kosovo – the EU’s many voices

The EU’s policies in the Western Balkans – particularly vis-a-vis Kosovo – threaten to undermine its credibility as an international actor and raise profound questions about the very future of its burgeoning Common Foreign and Security Policy.

Conflict transformation – seeks to transform the root causes of conflict?

Conflict transformation – seeks to transform the root causes of conflict?

TransConflict is pleased to present additional contributions to the third Peacebuilders’ Panel , which is designed to stimulate debate about peacebuilding and conflict transformation.

Budapest backwards

TransConflict is pleased to present a short-film – entitled ‘Budapest backwards’, by Jeroen Sebrechts – winner of the prize for ‘Best Film’ at the third Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival, which recently took place in Tirana, Albania.