July 2014 Review

TransConflict is pleased to present a selection of articles published during July, plus updates from the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation

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1) The elephant in the room – Bosnia and Herzegovina’s unmentionable Constitutional disability

Dr. Valery Perry – Considering the experience of post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina over 18 years, it is time to seriously question whether it will ever be possible for the best executed, most well-intended socio-economic projects, donations, investments and interventions to take lasting and sustainable root in the current constitutional and political structure. Read on…

2) Turkey’s Kurdish peace process – framework law – part 2

Dr. Ulas Doga Eralp – The framework law officially bestows the Turkish government with the responsibility of introducing necessary reforms that address challenges in the social, political, psychological and educational sectors. Whilst there is no clear description of how those reforms will look like, the draft law also does not mention the word “ Kurdish” even once. Read on…

3) A political framework for a new approach to Israeli-Palestinian coexistence

Howard Cort – A political framework for a new approach to Israeli-Palestinian coexistence provides for a joint country called Israel-Palestine having equal rights for all, separate geographical areas for the two peoples, the ability by individuals to live anywhere in the entire country (within practical limits) either as a citizen or as a legal resident, firm security guarantees for both peoples and substantial autonomy for both peoples. Read on…

4) Israel’s Gaza offensive

Kirthi Jayakumar – The contention that Israel is on its path of conflict against Gaza in its pursuit of self-defence is not acceptable. If armed force is to be justified as self-defence under the UN Charter, it is absolutely necessary that a precursor armed attack occurred. This is simply not the case with respect to illegally-occupied Palestine. Read on…

5) Why constitutional reform will not solve the Bosnian blockade

Florian Bieber – Whilst the strong link between ethnicity, territory and governance has caused problems that contribute to the Bosnian crisis, the constitutional reform cannot hope to overcome this, but can only reduce its impact at best. Constitutional reform entails a trade-off between seeking to achieve modest improvements of the institutional structure, whilst sustaining public debate on topics that sideline the issues of main concern for Bosnia and Herzegovina’s citizens, such as poverty, corruption and the economy. Read on…

6) More muddling through in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

Dr. Valery Perry – Constitutional reform is never a “panacea,” in any country. However, by engaging citizens, creating opportunities for litigation and targeting constituencies ready and able to demand accountability in targeted areas, the language of reform can at least be normalized and, perhaps even democratized. Read on…

7) Bosnia’s constitutional reform – response to Valery Perry

Florian Bieber responds to Valery Perry’s piece on constitutional reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Read on…

8) Kosovo at a critical juncture

Andrea Lorenzo Capussela – Following the parliamentary elections of June 8, a new political landscape is emerging in Kosovo. Will it be more democratic? Read on…

9) Before the next ISIS, we need nonviolent counterterrorism strategies

Erin Niemela – There are three easy paths any rational politician could advocate that will decrease hostilities, prevent the emergence of new terrorism recruiting environments and empower local communities to engage in nonviolent conflict resolution strategies. Read on…

10) Basque Country – social forum to promote the peace process

Lokarri – The Social Forum is an example of how a citizens’ initiative can generate new ideas and solutions to overcome impasses and find new ways to progress in the consolidation of the peace process. Read on…

Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation

1) The Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation – An Update

TransConflict is pleased to provide an update on the work of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation (GCCT), which is comprised of organizations committed to upholding and implementing the Principles of Conflict Transformation. Read on…

2) Sweeping victory in India orders UN about turn over Kashmir

Mazhar Iqbal – The potential disappearance of UN military observers from Kashmir would mean the Security Council has turned a deaf ear and a blind eye to the challenges that continue to exist, and which threaten to further strain relations between India and Pakistan. Read on…

3) Wi’am from Palestine

TransConflict is pleased to present the profile of Wi’am from Palestine, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation. Read on…

4) The Interfaith Encounter Association from Israel

TransConflict is pleased to present the profile of the Interfaith Encounter Association from Israel, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation. Read on…

5) New members of the GCCT

TransConflict is pleased to welcome two new members of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation – Go Group Media from Georgia and Peace Point Action from NigeriaRead on…

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