Archive for January, 2013

Reconciliation in post-war Sri Lanka

Reconciliation in post-war Sri Lanka

Differing conceptualisations of the term ‘reconciliation’ has sparked a debate regarding the best way to approach the issue. Whilst government policy is firmly concerned with reconciling the state with society, a number of organisations are attempting inter-community reconciliation. 

Serbia and Bosnia – uniting for justice?

Serbia and Bosnia – uniting for justice?

Belgrade and Sarajevo are to sign an agreement to cooperate over war crimes cases, but some victims fear that it may not bring more convictions. 

The culture of denial in Prijedor

The culture of denial in Prijedor

According to the verdicts of the Hague Tribunal, this year marks the twenty-first anniversary of the ethnic cleansing of Prijedor’s non-Serb population. However, as the case of Prijedor’s memorial culture shows, a culture of denial continues to shape the past, present and future memories of the crimes against humanity committed.

Circling the wagons north of the Ibar

Circling the wagons north of the Ibar

It should not be assumed that the developing arrangement between Pristina and Belgrade will put an end to North Ibar as a separate entity, any more than it will settle the overarching sovereignty issue. Still, the events of the last year indicate that the main threat to this Serb enclave […]

Former prisoners and conflict transformation in Northern Ireland

Former prisoners and conflict transformation in Northern Ireland

The changing dynamics of ‘post conflict’ political discourse, coupled with the emergence of a new generation who did not necessarily live through the thirty year conflict, requires a re-imagining of conflict transformation by former prisoners. They need to move beyond discourses which informed their journey to the prisons and re-evaluate […]

Kosovo – an approach to settling the north emerging?

Kosovo – an approach to settling the north emerging?

Dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade has moved surprisingly well since the new – supposedly radical nationalist – Serbian government took up its side late last year. The Quint will now have to convince Pristina to stop the violence against Serbs already under its authority.

Damascus and the Tariqa (the way by initiation)

Damascus and the Tariqa (the way by initiation)

With the current hardening of the sense of duality between Syrian government and opposition, good faith negotiations seem even further away.  The vision of an inclusive Syria in which all political factions and sectarian communities play a part is giving way to a desire of each to destroy their perceived […]

Bold but practical – incorporating peace and security in the new global development framework

Bold but practical – incorporating peace and security in the new global development framework

The United National High Level Panel has a responsibility to ensure that the post-2015 Development Agenda addresses the difficult questions of peace and security by looking at the evidence of what works in conflict-affected and fragile states.

What should replace the UN’s Millennium Development Goals?

What should replace the UN’s Millennium Development Goals?

TransConflict is pleased to present a contribution to the debate on how to most effectively integrate peacebuilding and violence prevention into the post-Millennium Development Goals.

Human security through civil society in post-war Kosovo

Human security through civil society in post-war Kosovo

This research, entitled ‘Lessons learned: challenges to building gendered human security through civil society in post-war Kosovo’, identifies and explores the challenges to building gendered human security through local and international NGOs in Kosovo’s post-war NGO boom period.

Mali – hijacked autonomy, outsized ambitions, French intervention

Mali – hijacked autonomy, outsized ambitions, French intervention

Whilst it may be fairly easy for the French forces to take the three major cities of north Mali, there are fears that the Islamic groups will move toward Niger or Burkina Faso, both fragile States.

Albanians play the “Greater Albania” card over north Kosovo

Albanians play the “Greater Albania” card over north Kosovo

The response of the Kosovo Albanians – who still want to win everything and reject any compromise over the north – to Serbia’s new “Kosovo Resolution” and the Platform is seeking to scare their international friends by raising the specter of Albanian irredentism.

The art of war – cultural policies and post-conflict reconstruction

The art of war – cultural policies and post-conflict reconstruction

Are post-conflict societies that foster, promote, and develop their cultural industries providing important reconciliation benefits to their communities? If so, should governments make cultural policy a vital part of their post-conflict reconstruction plans?

The need for civil society in peace negotiations

The need for civil society in peace negotiations

Peace negotiations are traditionally dealt with using a top-down approach, whereby state actors and leaders often enter into peace discussions without consulting or involving the many other stakeholders involved, including civil society groups. But what impact can these groups really have in the peace negotiation phase?

A turbulent year for transitional justice in the Balkans

A turbulent year for transitional justice in the Balkans

With four key verdicts delivered by the Hague Tribunal, 2012 proved to be turbulent year for transitional justice in the former Yugoslavia; one that threatens to further endanger already damaged regional co-operation.

Conflict transformation – a long-term, gradual and complex process?

Conflict transformation – a long-term, gradual and complex process?

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

The myth of Europe

The myth of Europe

Europeans tend to cling to the dream – the idea – of Europe as a matter of political, social and economic theology while all too often ignoring the hard, demanding practical tasks of building the structures and functions that are necessary in making the founders’ vision a reality.

Belgrade’s platform for Kosovo

Belgrade’s platform for Kosovo

Serbia’s platform for negotiations on Kosovo can be seen as a first real effort to accommodate the diametrically opposed views of Kosovo and Serbia on final status, while also recognizing the realities on the ground in north Kosovo.

Serbia’s shaky platform

Serbia’s shaky platform

Serbian president Nikolic’s platform on Kosovo has more to do with domestic politics – particularly attempts to undermine prime minister Dacic’s effort to strike a deal that would freeze Kosovo’s de facto partition – rather than with the status of his country’s former province.