Archive for category: Asia

India and the conflict in Gaza – moralistic concerns or national interest?

India and the conflict in Gaza – moralistic concerns or national interest?

A polarized public perception has emerged in India; one that views the the Gaza crisis through the prism of either humanity and morality, or from the perspective of challenges faced by the Indian state in terms of Kashmir and Pakistan.

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

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

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).

Sweeping victory in India orders UN about turn over Kashmir

Sweeping victory in India orders UN about turn over Kashmir

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. 

Across the Line of Control – the real stakeholders of peace

Across the Line of Control – the real stakeholders of peace

The 740km line of control dividing Indian and Pakistani administered Kashmir, which has been labelled ‘Asia’s Berlin wall’, has a profound impact on on communities.

The rising gap between Shias and state institutions in Pakistan

The rising gap between Shias and state institutions in Pakistan

Targeted killings of Shias Pakistan is fuelling growing mistrust between Shias and state institutions.

The role of technology in the 2014 Afghan elections

The role of technology in the 2014 Afghan elections

Impassion Afghanistan plays a role in the elections by contributing to the development of technology in the country, and producing trained citizen journalists using social media to report from the field.

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.