Archive for category: Balkans

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities – part eleven

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities – part eleven

TransConflict is pleased to present the eleventh part of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Independence and the Fate of Minorities (1991-1992).”

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities – part ten

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities – part ten

TransConflict is pleased to present the tenth part of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Independence and the Fate of Minorities (1991-1992).”

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities – part nine

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities – part nine

TransConflict is pleased to present the ninth part of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Independence and the Fate of Minorities (1991-1992).”

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities – part eight

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities – part eight

TransConflict is pleased to present the eighth part of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Independence and the Fate of Minorities (1991-1992).”

Bosnia and Herzegovina – acknowledging the crimes of the past

Bosnia and Herzegovina – acknowledging the crimes of the past

Acknowledging the crimes of the past is a difficult but vital step to build lasting peace. Old wounds can easily be reopened by discussing history, but in order for them to heal properly history must be confronted.

Living in two different worlds

Living in two different worlds

Fule’s criticism of BiH politicians’ unwillingness to change the constitution and his criticism of political leaders for the economic, political and social failures in Bosnia are connected. In both cases, the criticism of Fule go back to a serious disconnect between the West and political realities in Bosnia.

The undeluded going astray in Bosnia

The undeluded going astray in Bosnia

The process of integration into the European Union, which has been stagnant for a decade now, has exposed the sad reality of a total lack of political will on the part of Europe. 

Bosnia – the country as wreckage

Bosnia – the country as wreckage

Protests over identity cards and economic anguish once again have shown that – by themselves – neither street action nor breathless rhetoric from full-time activists or outside commentators can overcome the basic structural underpinnings of informal, patronage based social and economic networks.

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities – part five

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities – part five

TransConflict is pleased to present the fifth part of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Independence and the Fate of Minorities (1991-1992).”

The Center for Peacebuilding from Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Center for Peacebuilding from Bosnia and Herzegovina

TransConflict is pleased to present the profile of the Center for Peacebuilding from Bosnia and Herzegovina, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation.

Integration or isolation? Northern Kosovo in 2014 electoral limbo

Integration or isolation? Northern Kosovo in 2014 electoral limbo

With elections in Serbia slated for 16 March, for the EU parliament in May and Kosovo in autumn, northern Kosovo will be left in a dangerous limbo, without clarity about which laws apply and with the danger that the progress made in normalising relations could be reversed.

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities – part four

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities – part four

TransConflict is pleased to present the fourth part of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Independence and the Fate of Minorities (1991-1992).”

Failure in Bosnia

Failure in Bosnia

Bosnia’s future as a single, unified state has never been promising, but without effective leadership the future will be bleak indeed. The recent riots need to be seen as a “wake up” call — not for political recrimination and scapegoating, but for intelligence, creative solutions, and cooperation. 

The fight for citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The fight for citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The protests and plenums in Bosnia and Herzegovina are a legitimate response by citizens to the unwieldy apparatus of government that has deprived them of their inalienable right to freedom and prosperity.

Kosovo – Ahtisaari plus doesn’t solve everything

Kosovo – Ahtisaari plus doesn’t solve everything

To preserve the chances of a peaceful transition in north Kosovo, everyone will have to accept compromise and avoid seeking to take advantage of what would be a fragile and delicate balance of interests.

Protesting in Bosnia and Herzegovina –  voiceless citizens and the breakdown of representation

Protesting in Bosnia and Herzegovina – voiceless citizens and the breakdown of representation

The reasonable and legitimate concerns of the population are today passing through two different bottleneck – the arguably negative reaction of political parties and the dramatic absence of political actors able and willing to structure this discontent.

Moving Bosnia from protests to reform

Moving Bosnia from protests to reform

In order to move from protests to reform civil society leaders must recognize some harsh realities and attempt to make real adjustment to see these protests forward.  However, if the politicians are going to shift their mindset from ethno-nationalism to the economy, the voters must do so as well. Continuing […]

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities – part three

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities – part three

TransConflict is pleased to present the third part of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Independence and the Fate of Minorities (1991-1992).”

How to make a new start in Bosnia and Herzegovina

How to make a new start in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The European Union and Jasmin Mujanović share a key misconception: that out there, somewhere, there are huge numbers of progressive Bosnian voters ready to spring forth and transform the country.

Collaborative Conflict Transformation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Collaborative Conflict Transformation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

In light of the protests in Bosnia and Herzegovina, TransConflict is bringing forward the piloting of an initiative which lays the foundations for collaborative conflict transformation by facilitating the sharing of perspectives on conflict.

Bosnia’s civilian unrest, mobs and protests – much ado about nothing?

Bosnia’s civilian unrest, mobs and protests – much ado about nothing?

The current protests in Bosnia and Herzegovina will bring few results, especially not positive ones, and – as has already been seen – will be interpreted by various sides to suit their own needs and interests, whatever the final outcome.

A ‘Segment state’ vision of the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina?

A ‘Segment state’ vision of the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina?

A Bosnia and Herzegovina with one segment state – the Republika Srpska – has proven to be untenable. Whether a BiH comprised of two or three would be more or less likely to produce a stable future EU member state is worthy of discussion, as poorly thought through “interim” policies […]

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities – part two

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities – part two

TransConflict is pleased to present the second part of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Independence and the Fate of Minorities (1991-1992).”

2014 Summer School in Comparative Conflict Studies

2014 Summer School in Comparative Conflict Studies

TransConflict is pleased to announce the 2014 Summer School in Comparative Conflict Studies organised by the Centre for Comparative Conflict Studies (CFCCS) from 30 June to 7 July.

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities

TransConflict is pleased to present the first part of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Independence and the Fate of Minorities (1991-1992).”