Archive for November, 2012

Kosovo – still a battle for the north?

Kosovo – still a battle for the north?

UNMIK, EULEX and KFOR should act as necessary to stop unilateral construction in north Mitrovica until there is a mutually agreed, Kosovo-wide approach to internally-displaced persons (IDPs) from all communities.

Basque conflict – consensus on an agenda of disarmament, dismantling and reinsertion

Basque conflict – consensus on an agenda of disarmament, dismantling and reinsertion

The problem the Basque peace process faces is that the Spanish government will not change its strategy until ETA declares its dissolution, whilst ETA is not prepared to take steps towards its disarmament and until contact takes place with the government; thereby creating an obstacle to the consolidation of peace.

More new writing from Serbia – post-modern excavations of the common life

More new writing from Serbia – post-modern excavations of the common life

Three new pieces of writing from Serbia take up and engage significant omissions in official history and public discourse – among them the homegrown democracy of the prosaic, the local and the pastoral interrupted by conflict, and death under uncompromising centralization and endless transition to nowhere.

Confronting instead of ‘banning’ extremism in Serbia

Confronting instead of ‘banning’ extremism in Serbia

Right-wing extremism – and even terrorism – can exist and flourish without political participation and the success of radical right-wing parties, yet it cannot exist without the unchallenged xenophobic and populist sentiments of the public.

Post-2015 debate must include voices from the front line

Post-2015 debate must include voices from the front line

It is clear that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have failed in fragile and conflict-affected states, as they have not sufficiently tackled the structural causes and drivers of conflict, choosing instead to treat the symptoms.

Combating violence in sports in Serbia

Combating violence in sports in Serbia

At a second working breakfast, organised on 22nd November as part of the project ‘Understanding and combating extremism in Serbia’, TransConflict had the pleasure of hosting Mr. Marko Savković and Mr. Saša Đorđević, researchers from the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP), who addressed the participants on the topic of violence in sport.

Kosovo – stuck in the same old places?

Kosovo – stuck in the same old places?

The situation on the ground in the north of Kosovo has changed little since 2009, despite often strenuous efforts by Pristina – supported by KFOR and EULEX – to bring the northern Kosovo Serbs to heel.

Transforming conflict in the Middle East requires out-of-the-box thinking

Transforming conflict in the Middle East requires out-of-the-box thinking

To think out-of-the-box is what we owe to the Palestinians and the Israelis more than ever, and the only real contribution we can make from outside to start transforming this conflict.

Keep soldiers out of schools and universities

Keep soldiers out of schools and universities

TransConflict is pleased to present a new report, entitled “Lessons In War: Military Use of Schools and Other Education Institutions during Conflict”, published by the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack. 

Uganda must stay the course in Somalia

Uganda must stay the course in Somalia

Following a critical UN report alleging that Uganda and Rwanda have been supporting the March 23 Movement (M23) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Uganda has threatened to withdraw its forces from regional peacekeeping engagements; an ill-conceived step which undermines its national interests.

Making a case for personal security in the post-2015 development agenda

Making a case for personal security in the post-2015 development agenda

The perverse consequences of personal insecurity on development are visible to anyone who lives in a setting characterized by violent crime or political violence.

Let Palestine be

Let Palestine be

The recognition of Palestinian statehood would signal the birth of a peace process that would positively affect not just Israel and Palestine, but also the dynamics of the entire region.

From creative ambiguity to a constructive process – how to approach northern Kosovo?

From creative ambiguity to a constructive process – how to approach northern Kosovo?

TransConflict is pleased to present a second paper by the Democracy for Development Institute (D4D), entitled “From Creative Ambiguity to a Constructive Process – How to Approach Northern Kosovo?”, which examines the various approaches that have been put forward for integrating the north of Kosovo and suggests guidelines towards a better […]

The fourth Peacebuilders’ Panel

The fourth Peacebuilders’ Panel

TransConflict is pleased to announce the fourth Peacebuilders’ Panel, which is designed to stimulate debate about peacebuilding and conflict transformation amongst practitioners, academics, students and enthusiasts alike.

Civic activism in south-west Serbia

Civic activism in south-west Serbia

TransConflict, in conjunction with the National Democratic Institute (NDI), are working to improve the position of young people in south-west Serbia, in particular the municipalities of Novi Pazar, Priboj, Prijepolje, Raška and Sjenica.

The future of interaction between Prishtina and Belgrade

The future of interaction between Prishtina and Belgrade

TransConflict is pleased to present a paper by the Democracy for Development Institute (D4D), entitled “The Future of Interaction Between Prishtina and Belgrade”, which explores the track record of the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue to date and reviews factors that need to be reconsidered in the structure of the new dialogue process.

23 years in power – the curious case of Montenegro

23 years in power – the curious case of Montenegro

A change of the ossified governing structures and one-party control over the entire state remains a conditio sine qua non for genuine democratization of the Montenegrin polity and society.

The Cemetery of France

The Cemetery of France

TransConflict is pleased to present a second CRIC Project (Conflict and Identity) film, entitled ‘The Cemetery of France’, which examines new debates on the heritage of destruction at the Verdun battlefield.

Places that Died for France – Commemoration and Memory on the Verdun Battlefield

Places that Died for France – Commemoration and Memory on the Verdun Battlefield

As the one-hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of World War One approaches, TransConflict is pleased to present a CRIC Project (Conflict and Identity) film, entitled ‘Places that Died for France – Commemoration and Memory on the Verdun Battlefield’.

Clinton-Ashton ukazes – now what?

Clinton-Ashton ukazes – now what?

Whatever happens, regarding the Balkans as a whole, international notables once again have demonstrated they have no real strategy regarding how to grapple with the region beyond ad hoc, improvisational management of the various twists and turns they often neither anticipate nor efficiently adjust to.

Long-term peace in Thailand’s South only through space for insurgents

Long-term peace in Thailand’s South only through space for insurgents

In order to bring an end to the violence and bloodshed that has been plaguing Southern Thailand for nearly eight years, it is absolutely pivotal that insurgency groups be encouraged to organise politically and come to the negotiating table as soon as possible.

Popular hatred

Popular hatred

The granting of free speech by a Burmese government attempting to reform – and inexperienced in the attendant complications of doing so – has provoked an unexpected outburst of explicit, popular, legitimized, hatred directed at a single targeted community, the Rohingya.

Kosovo – what’s so special about borders?

Kosovo – what’s so special about borders?

In the 21st Century – and within the context of bringing both countries into the EU – borders need not be impermeable and enclaves of states within states need not create insurmountable problems.

Advocating against extremism

Advocating against extremism

As part of its new project, ‘Understanding and combating extremism in Serbia’, TransConflict Serbia organized a training on advocacy campaign development, designed to strengthen responses to instances of extremism.

Ethnic stereotypes and national myths

Ethnic stereotypes and national myths

TransConflict yesterday launched its new project, entitled ‘Understanding and combating extremism in Serbia’, which is designed to improve understanding about – and formulate responses to – extremism in Serbia by engaging representatives of parties from across the political spectrum, civil society organizations, academics and the media.