Archive for December, 2012

Kosovo – the UN role in the north

Kosovo – the UN role in the north

Attempts by Pristina to drive the UN mission out of the north – in particular through cuts in funding and the establishment of its own “Potemkin” administration – has only served to reinforce the partition of Kosovo. 

Ending impunity universally

Ending impunity universally

Only a free media and responsible journalism can contribute to ending impunity universally, hence steps should be taken to punish those who target journalists through intimidation, threats, harassment, imprisonment, torture and even murders.

Kosovo – the EU still looking to bully Belgrade?

Kosovo – the EU still looking to bully Belgrade?

The EU has managed to appear to be resolving the Kosovo conflict through dialogue without actually going anywhere; Serbia and Kosovo have edged closer to each other physically, but the substantive gap between their positions remains total and zero-sum.

Understanding far right extremism

Understanding far right extremism

TransConflict organized a fourth working breakfast, entitled ‘Understanding far right extremism’, as part of the project, ‘Understanding and combating extremism in Serbia’.

Catalonia – divisive policies that merge identities

Catalonia – divisive policies that merge identities

Catalonia is undergoing profound changes – particularly with respect to its class boundaries and defining elements of identity – which are prompting the development of a new Catalan identity.

The Basque Country – a window of opportunities

The Basque Country – a window of opportunities

Following successful elections in the Basque Country at the end of October – the first to take place without violence by ETA – the time has come for the parties to work together to drive the peace process forward.

Norway’s democratic example

Norway’s democratic example

As the process and result in the trial of Anders Breivik shows, a true liberal democracy outlaws actions, not ideas – in contrast to totalitarian systems, which brands certain ideas as insane and/or criminal. 

The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2012

The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2012

The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2012 will begin at 10am GMT (11am CET) on Thursday 6th December, and TransConflict kindly requests your support to help raise funds for the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation!

The challenges of transitional justice in the former Yugoslavia

The challenges of transitional justice in the former Yugoslavia

TransConflict organized a third working breakfast – on the challenges of transitional justice in the former Yugoslavia – as part of its recently-launched project, ‘Understanding and combating extremism in Serbia’.

Journeys of belonging

Journeys of belonging

The British Council’s Our Shared Future project and the UN Alliance of Civilizations have just released a new video series, Journeys of Belonging, that brings to light the common threads that bind people of diverse ages, genders, cultures, religions, ethnicities and beyond.