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.
Archive for November, 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The perverse consequences of personal insecurity on development are visible to anyone who lives in a setting characterized by violent crime or political violence.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.