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Returning disputed war monuments

TransConflict is pleased to present a research paper, entitled 'Returning disputed war monuments – can heritage be reinterpreted for new political agendas?', which explores how the much-disputed Isted Lion - which Denmark recently returned to Flensburg, Germany - no longer recalls a famous Danish military victory, but is instead presented as a symbolic expression of trust between the two countries.

The importance of being Bosniak

Many Bosniak political and media opinion makers are discovering that their best option involves using a traditional and, in the context of current borders, transnational ethnic movement to improve their leverage with their neighbours and the EU.

The Berlinisation of north Kosovo

A European solution to the Kosovo issues requires that boundaries be broken down through negotiation and compromise, rather than reinforced through unilateralism and the use of violence.

Post-Gaddafi Libya – a liberal peace project

Despite Western policy-makers insisting that they will not meddle in Libya's internal affairs in the aftermath of the war, it is hard to believe that the Libyans will be in the driving seat when it comes to choosing their country's future governance and economic systems.

Independence interruptus

The behavior of all sides in the current customs dispute demonstrates that — as far as the locals are concerned — the question of who has sovereignty is an indelibly zero-sum dispute; one that the respective local elites must be left to settle on their own.

Kosovo – the gathering storm

In light of the unilateralism and brute force employed by Pristina in the north, Serbia must escape the stalemate that currently defines its policy towards Kosovo and adopt a stronger policy towards both the Quint and the EU.

Kosovo – of talks and violence

Though talks between Pristina and Belgrade are likely to continue at some stage in the near future, the recent violence is an important reminder that negotiations are determined not just on the negotiating table, but also on the streets of the north of Kosovo.

Kosovo – kako bi mogao da izgleda 'Ahtisari plus'?

‘Ahtisari Plus’ pristup, koji bi ponudio oblik specijalne autonomije za sever, mogao bi biti osnova za kompromis između Beograda i Prištine - kompromis koji bi takođe mogao dobiti dovoljno podrške od strane kosovskih Srba sa severa kako bi bio održiv.

More than electing Podgorica’s mayor

With mayoral elections approaching on July 19th, splits between the two old governing coalition partners - the predominant Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) - demonstrate that the stakes are high in Montenegro's political party dynamics.

The trouble with transparency

Any long-term improvement in activities currently grouped under the slogan “governance” must include patronage networks as necessary, legitimate actors; otherwise corruption will not diminish, much less go away.

Novi Pazar's cultural wealth and versatility

Novi Pazar's entrepreneurship, combined with its traditional cultural and historical wealth, provide assets that should be capitalized on by both Serbs and Bosniaks, regardless of their political or ethno-religious differences, for the city to move forward and flourish as it did in the nineties.

A response to the Minister for Kosovo

Reverend Donald Reeves MBE responds to a recent statement by Serbia's Minister for Kosovo and Metohija, Goran Bogdanovic, and reiterates the need to initiate a sustainable peace building process in Kosovo centered around the monasteries of Pec and Decani.

The perpetual theatre of Kosovo

'Teatro Stabile del Kosovo' - The Perpetual Theatre of Kosovo - is filmed, directed and edited by award-winning Italian reporter, Roberto Valussi, who travelled extensively throughout Kosovo for more than a year during its making.

New Serbia, new NATO

TransConflict Serbia is pleased to present the contribution of Ambassador Lawrence Rossin, NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Operations, to the conference “New Serbia, new NATO – Future Vision for the 21st Century”, which took place in Belgrade in December 2010.
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