August 2014 Review

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

 Suggested Reading Conflict Background GCCT

1) Time to do a deal with Assad?

Gerard M. Gallucci – The military options for the West vis-a-vis Iraq and the IS are limited without some ability to operate permissively in Syria. This would require movement toward a political settlement to the Syrian civil war and an arrangement with Assad. We would need to work with those we find in power rather than those we would wish to find there. Read on…

2) Michael Brown and social fission

David B. Kanin – The bottom line is not that democracy is dead or activism is pointless, but that the accelerating decline of Western power creates unlimited possibilities for different forms of politics and the organization of power—to include forms that will look more like traditional structures than the fantasies of liberal, secular, or anti-Capitalist thinkers. Read on…

3) Turkey’s Kurdish peace process – part 3

Dr. Ulas Doga Eralp – The DDR roadmap that is expected to take shape by October will be the result of a tough negotiation process that will need to address the thorny issues of democratic autonomy, general amnesty and education in mother tongue. Yet one wonders how long the peace process will sustain its momentum if the parties continue to delay taking the necessary steps. Read on…

4) From Nigeria to Iraq – the on-going failure to protect women and girls in armed conflict

Karol Alejandra Arámbula Carrillo – Armed conflicts like the one currently consuming Iraq, plus the actions of Boko Haram in Nigeria, continue to show that women and girls are among the most vulnerable actors, regularly subject to indiscriminate exploitation, discrimination and violence. Read on…

5) Why youth policy is a key factor in preventing conflict

Heidi Green – On International Youth Day, it is vital to acknowledge and understand the role of youth policies and the positive effect their implementation has on communities and countries, especially for the reduction and prevention of conflict. Read on…

6) Nigeria, Boko Haram and the ‘Sri Lankan Model’ of counter-insurgency

Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice – As awful and as crude as it may appear, the ‘Sri Lankan model’ of counter-insurgency continues to be showcased around the world in seminars and presentations organized by the Sri Lankan military (for instance, in Burma, Turkey, Indonesia, Bangladesh and the Philippines). Read on…

7) Could the use of rockets be banned in the Middle East?

René Wadlow – Efforts to eliminate stocks of rockets and missiles seem unlikely to succeed in the current context. However, a ban on use might be a real possibility and merits speedy consultations. Read on…

8) All parties should protect schools and children in Gaza conflict

Attacks on schools that are not being used for military purposes violate international humanitarian law. The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) calls on all parties to the conflict to respect education facilities as safe zones and to refrain from any military activity in or around schools that could put them—and civilians at the schools—at risk. These attacks endanger UN schools acting as places of refuge. Read on…

9) Whose peace are we building?

Kirthi Jayakumar – There is a reason why military and foreign intervention doesn’t work. These interventions thrust “solutions” onto the people of the country intervened in. These “solutions” are the intervening power’s idea of what the ideal is, and are not necessarily the ideal for the people with whose country the intervention occurs. These people do not own these “solutions”, and have no stake-holding in the process of arriving at such a “solution”. Read on…

10) The SITF report speaks less of Kosovo than of the international community

Andrea Lorenzo Capussela – What is most interesting about the report unveiled on Tuesday by the special investigative task force (SITF) is not what it says about the KLA, but what it implies about the post-conflict and state-building international interventions in Kosovo. Read on…

Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation

1) The Centre for Research, Documentation and Publication from Kosovo

TransConflict is pleased to present the profile of the Centre for Research, Documentation and Publication from Kosovo, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation. Read on…

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