On March 4th, Kenyans will vote in the country’s most complex and momentous elections to date. The build-up to the polls has been eagerly watched and debated – both in Kenya and abroad. Whilst there there are many reasons to believe that the elections may proceed peacefully, there are also reasons […]
Archive for February, 2013
TransConflict is pleased to recommend the Executive Leadership Programmes (ELPs) delivered by the International Peace and Development Training Center (IPDTC) – PATRIR, in partnership with ENGI, which will take place in London from 18th-23rd March 2013.
There has been a failure of public diplomacy by the US, the UK, France and Germany to serve the interests of stability in either Serbia or Syria, and thus a failure to strengthen or secure both ‘western’ interests, and the interests of the poor people of these two countries.
TransConflict is pleased to recommend the following online course, entitled “Transforming civil conflict”, organized by Modus Operandi and the Network University.
The strategic relations between Turkey and Serbia is an important case of how a century of negative peace could transform via economic cooperation and development.
A locally-focused, bottom-up approach which puts Syrian interests first offers a prospective path for transition and a peaceful settlement to the conflict.
Whilst the misuse of language has existed for centuries, contemporary manifestations show a particularly special and perfidious modus operandi. Namely, the language of deceit is acting as a proxy force, coining new phrases to justify hidden military, political and economic agendae.
The current crisis in Mali, the French intervention and the international terrorist threat it poses have once again put jihadism centre-stage in the media. While analysts assess the likelihood of France’s success in the region and the critical situation, rightly emphasising the consequences of recent events in Libya, few have […]
That the EU dialogue has made certain progress – not all of it implemented in the north due in large part to the distrust – should not lead to excessive optimism. The northern Kosovo Serbs may some day come to accept something like Belgrade’s platform, but they almost certainly won’t […]
The Lebanonization of Syria means the latter could face a long period of instability and rivalry among sectarian, tribal, and other competitors for power, resources, and status.
TransConflict is pleased to recommend the following course, entitled “Information and intelligence cooperation in multifunctional international operations”, organized by the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), which includes a lecture by TC Advisory Board member, Julian Harston.
Manipulation of electoral loopholes and political disenfranchising of an entire ethnic group – Bosnia’s Croats – has further complicated efforts to reconcile the collective rights of ethnic groups with the rights of the individual.
TransConflict is pleased to present the inaugural Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation newsletter, showcasing the work of the GCCT and its members.
Never Again Rwanda (NAR) is a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation, comprised of organizations committed to upholding the Principles of Conflict Transformation.
Rwanda has shown ingenuity in conflict transformation thanks to the policy of National Unity and Reconciliation, as well as to the participatory and innovative justice system known as Gacaca.
Defining the boundaries and relationship between the two Mitrovicas will require acceptance of the fact that North Mitrovica is perhaps the most zero-sum issue of all and that it cannot be simply left to Pristina to decide.
As usual, the politics and power of government in Serbia have become the politics and power of personality and personal competition, raising the prospect of new elections sometime this year.
The sources of conflict in Rwanda – and in Africa’s Great Lakes region, in general – can be divided into three categories: its colonial heritage, chronic bad governance and conflict-generating political systems.
One clear element is that violence in Kenya has to do with community identities, particularly where the young males of society are concerned.
TransConflict is pleased to present a two-part analysis of the drivers of conflict in Kenya, focusing initially on the need for restorative justice – particularly where land matters are concerned – in order to address the emerging culture of violence.
It is high time for EU leaders to revise their negative stances on Turkey’s membership prospects as the country and its leadership seriously start assessing authoritarian alternatives.
The pre-modern politics that still define the Balkans’ adaptation to the end of empire cannot be simply be pushed aside by visions of post-national Europe. It will take time, patience and real compromise.
Rwanda is a prime example of a post-conflict society that is using film, theatre music, and other creative industries in its journey toward reconciliation and rebuilding.
Serbia’s foreign policy has not moved away from the refrain “both Kosovo and the EU” and “four pillars of foreign policy” – both well-known catchwords of the previous government – yet is far removed from the politics of Milošević.