Archive for February, 2013

Kenya will decide and the world will be watching – the 2013 elections

Kenya will decide and the world will be watching – the 2013 elections

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 […]

Executive leadership programmes

Executive leadership programmes

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.

Serbia and Syria

Serbia and Syria

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.

Transforming civil conflict

Transforming civil conflict

TransConflict is pleased to recommend the following online course, entitled “Transforming civil conflict”, organized by Modus Operandi and the Network University.

Turkish-Serbian relations – a rising strategic axis in the Western Balkans

Turkish-Serbian relations – a rising strategic axis in the Western Balkans

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.

Solving the Syrian conflict starts by building trust

Solving the Syrian conflict starts by building trust

A locally-focused, bottom-up approach which puts Syrian interests first offers a prospective path for transition and a peaceful settlement to the conflict.   

Sins of American English for spreading anti-Americanism across the globe

Sins of American English for spreading anti-Americanism across the globe

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 Sahara at the crossroads

The Sahara at the crossroads

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 […]

Kosovo – trust and distrust

Kosovo – trust and distrust

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 […]

After Syria

After Syria

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. 

Information and intelligence cooperation in multifunctional international operations

Information and intelligence cooperation in multifunctional international operations

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. 

The end of the Lagumdzija-Komsic Affair, and the future of the Federation

The end of the Lagumdzija-Komsic Affair, and the future of the Federation

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.

The inaugural GCCT newsletter

The inaugural GCCT newsletter

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

Never Again Rwanda

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 – working for sustainable peace

Rwanda – working for sustainable peace

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.

Kosovo – what about north Mitrovica?

Kosovo – what about north Mitrovica?

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. 

One government – three poles of power

One government – three poles of power

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.

Conflict in Rwanda – definitions and drivers

Conflict in Rwanda – definitions and drivers

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.

Kenya – the quest for restorative justice

Kenya – the quest for restorative justice

One clear element is that violence in Kenya has to do with community identities, particularly where the young males of society are concerned.

Addressing the culture of violence in Kenya

Addressing the culture of violence in Kenya

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.

Turkey – can the Shanghai Cooperation Organization be an alternative to the EU?

Turkey – can the Shanghai Cooperation Organization be an alternative to the EU?

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.

Peaceful change in the Balkans?

Peaceful change in the Balkans?

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’s artful path toward peace – cultural industries and post-conflict reconciliation

Rwanda’s artful path toward peace – cultural industries and post-conflict reconciliation

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.

Is there a change in Serbian foreign policy?

Is there a change in Serbian foreign policy?

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.