Archive for category: Asia

Cooperation for Peace and Unity (CPAU) from Afghanistan

Cooperation for Peace and Unity (CPAU) from Afghanistan

TransConflict is pleased to showcase the work of Cooperation for Peace and Unity (CPAU) from Afghanistan, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation.

Afghanistan – achieving the MDGs through peacebuilding

Afghanistan – achieving the MDGs through peacebuilding

TransConflict is pleased to announce the launch a new project by the Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR), in partnership with Cooperation for Peace and Unity Afghanistan (CPAU), both members of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation.

The two Koreas – evidence for how the Cold War continues

The two Koreas – evidence for how the Cold War continues

It is possible to identify key elements that characterize the conflict between North and South Korea as a one based upon the image of the Cold War.

Is transitional justice a forgotten issue in Afghanistan?

Is transitional justice a forgotten issue in Afghanistan?

Thirty years of conflict has left a history of war crimes, human rights abuses, and atrocities, for which many victims have never received justice.

Afghanistan – Cooperation for Peace and Unity

Afghanistan – Cooperation for Peace and Unity

TransConflict is pleased to present the profile of Cooperation for Peace and Unity from Afghanistan, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation.

The fog of war in Sri Lanka

The fog of war in Sri Lanka

Reporting of the civil war in Sri Lanka has tended to distort various aspects of the violence that ensued, particularly in terms of the number of civilian casualties and the causes of their deaths.

New Silk Road – stabilising Afghanistan post-2014

New Silk Road – stabilising Afghanistan post-2014

The revival of the country’s ancient role as a trade and transport hub for South and Central Asia can contribute to a stable and prosperous Afghanistan.

Kashmir – an integral part of what?

Kashmir – an integral part of what?

The dispute over Jammu and Kashmir has long been discussed from an Indian or Pakistani perspective, ignoring the views of those Kashmiris who feel that they have been denied their right to self-determination for over six decades.

Natural resources and peacebuilding – is the United Nations united?

Natural resources and peacebuilding – is the United Nations united?

There is a fundamental need to address natural resource degradation, governance and benefit-sharing as a fundamental component of peacebuilding in Afghanistan and other post-war countries.

Inclusive peacebuilding in Nepal – challenges and opportunities

Inclusive peacebuilding in Nepal – challenges and opportunities

Current peacebuilding programmes in Nepal are not benefiting the people most affected by violence. The main problem is that the critical issue of inclusivity has not been properly addressed. Looking at the established ‘peace infrastructure’ and various peacebuilding activities, it’s easy to think a lot is being done to promote […]

A year on from Malala’s attack – keeping education out of the battle

A year on from Malala’s attack – keeping education out of the battle

One year ago today, school girl Malala Yousefzai was attacked by the Pakistani Taliban. This sombre anniversary is a reminder of the perils that students, teachers, and professors face in areas of conflict and repression around the world, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA).

Land disputes and governance in Afghanistan

Land disputes and governance in Afghanistan

Land in Afghanistan is an extremely complicated issue, proving a main source of conflict. Weak governing institutions and a lack of political will to tackle the issue seriously, however, have made it practically impossible to resolve disputes over land and property in an effective and fair manner.

Local peacebuilders demand an end to conflict in Kashmir

Local peacebuilders demand an end to conflict in Kashmir

As the Kashmir peace process falters, cross-border skirmishes between Indian and Pakistani forces are becoming more frequent, and innocent people are being caught in the crossfire. Local peacebuilders are demanding this change and the peace process be bought back on track.

We’ll do this again sometime – retaining lessons-learned from Iraq and Afghanistan

We’ll do this again sometime – retaining lessons-learned from Iraq and Afghanistan

As NATO prepares to withdraw from Afghanistan, and the engagement in Iraq passes 10 years, government leaders must take on board the lessons learned from the past decade.

Education – the instrument of peace in Kashmir

Education – the instrument of peace in Kashmir

A growing number of young people in Kashmir are suffering from emotional despair, low self-esteem, a lack of cultural connectivity and a loss of values. They are angry at their situation and susceptible to political overtures and groups that hope to profit from their situation. If the current negative attitudes […]

Reconciliation in post-war Sri Lanka

Reconciliation in post-war Sri Lanka

Differing conceptualisations of the term ‘reconciliation’ has sparked a debate regarding the best way to approach the issue. Whilst government policy is firmly concerned with reconciling the state with society, a number of organisations are attempting inter-community reconciliation. 

Popular hatred

Popular hatred

The granting of free speech by a Burmese government attempting to reform – and inexperienced in the attendant complications of doing so – has provoked an unexpected outburst of explicit, popular, legitimized, hatred directed at a single targeted community, the Rohingya.

Where did Assad go to school?

Where did Assad go to school?

The Sri Lanka model – where a long, low-intensity civil war reached a violent, bloody climax; yet its architects remain in power and have escaped formal sanction by the international community – may have demonstrated to Assad that a brutal, uncompromising approach to internal dissent does not have to end […]

Post-war Sri Lanka – the challenges of reconciliation, reintegration and rehabilitation

Post-war Sri Lanka – the challenges of reconciliation, reintegration and rehabilitation

Three years on from the bloody end to its civil war, Sri Lanka remains beset by the challenges of reconciliation, reintegration and rehabilitation, and faces intense scrutiny over allegations of war crimes and widespread human rights violations.

Religious Tension In Mannar, Sri Lanka

Religious Tension In Mannar, Sri Lanka

As displaced citizens of all religions return to their former homes, land issues and fishing rights in Sri Lanka are hugely contentious and – unless carefully managed by the government – can easily spill over into communal tension.

Afghanistan – I want to study, so shoot me

Afghanistan – I want to study, so shoot me

By denying women many of their most basic human rights and fundamental freedoms, the Taliban regime in Afghanistan was the proverbial death-knell for progressive lifestyles of women in the country; as the shocking case of Malala Yousufzai demonstrates in the starkest possible manner.

Women in Afghanistan – struggling for representation in the peace process

Women in Afghanistan – struggling for representation in the peace process

The absence of a women’s grassroots support network or social movement is one of the key reasons women have been unable to exert more influence on the peace process in Afghanistan, meaning that any future peace settlement may lack sufficient safeguards to promote and entrench women’s voices.

Kashmir – trading for peace across the Line of Control

Kashmir – trading for peace across the Line of Control

TransConflict is pleased to present a video report from Kashmir on how cross border trade is promoting peace in the disputed region.

Comparative perspectives for Afghan peacebuilders

Comparative perspectives for Afghan peacebuilders

A workshop for peacebuilders from across Afghanistan provided a variety of comparative perspectives – including from the former Yugoslavia and Northern Ireland – designed to strengthen their own peacebuilding efforts.