July 2017 Review

July 2017 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) Kosova-Metohija?

David B. Kanin – Do Kosovars and Serbs have options other than work avoidance? Read on…

2) Yemen’s calamity is of damning proportions

Dr. Alon Ben-Meir – The conflict in Yemen can end only through a political solution, as no solution secured by force will survive. The Trump administration must learn from Iraq and Syria’s intractable violent conflicts, which could not be resolved through military means. To resolve the conflict in Yemen, the US must join hands with the EU to achieve a peace agreement and put an end to the unconscionable tragedy inflicted on millions of innocent people. Read on…

3) Israel’s intrusion into Palestinian Territories – reality or delusion?

Hriday Ch. Sarma – It is community engagements and mediation that can pave the way for peaceful settlement of Israel-Palestine conflict, and not subjective political commentaries. Read on…

4) The Kurds under Erdogan’s tyrannical governance

Dr. Alon Ben-Meir – Erdogan will not succeed in killing every PKK fighter—not only because of the nature of guerilla warfare, but primarily because of the Kurds’ determination to preserve their rich cultural heritage, language, and fundamental human rights. They will remain resolute and will outlast Erdogan, regardless of how much pain and suffering they endure under his tyrannical governance. Read on…

5) Attempts to intimidate human rights lawyer Lakshan Dias in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice – The Sri Lanka Campaign, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation, is deeply concerned by recent attempts by senior government of Sri Lanka officials to intimidate Attorney at Law, Mr Lakshan Dias – a vital and irreplaceable voice within the human rights community who has worked tirelessly in support of detainees held under Sri Lanka’s draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act, as well as asylum seekers who have been deported back to the country. Read on…

6) Peacebuilding in Bosnia-Herzegovina – intercultural dialogue in Brcko District

Monica Reeves – A greater focus on understanding and evaluating the work of various peacebuilding initiatives – such as those of Svitac in Brcko District, Bosnia-Herzegovina – can reinforce efforts to replicate and adapt them in different post-war contexts. Read on…

7) Azerbaijan ‘Digital Trade Hub’ set to bind Regional and Eurasian Markets

Hriday Ch. Sarma – A Digital Trade Hub Project (DTH) is being implemented with the purpose of strengthening Azerbaijan’s position as a key digital trade hub in the South Caucasus region as it now attempts to discard its traditional image of an oil and gas exporting country. Read on…

6) Afghanistan – a morally corrupting war

Dr. Alon Ben-Meir – In the end, the solution lies in peace negotiations with moderates in the Taliban, who are Afghani nationals and will not be dislodged from their own land, and no one is better equipped to achieve that than the tribal chiefs. They want to take matters into their hands and end the decades-long suffering, death, and destruction they have and continue to endure. Read on…


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