Archive for category: Conflict

Creating space for women as transformers of conflict

Creating space for women as transformers of conflict

It was not until 2000 when the passing of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 detailed the specific risks facing women in conflict and determined to tackle this major challenge.

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 fight of ‘who is right’ – perspectives in conflict

The fight of ‘who is right’ – perspectives in conflict

Attempts at reconciliation should first begin by working to eliminate antagonism; namely by bringing two or more stories to the table and revealing to each party the perspective of ‘the other’.

Ethnic conflict and gender-based violence

Ethnic conflict and gender-based violence

These effects of rape as a strategy of war demonstrate how it has been systematically used as a weapon to destroy the possibility for future social reunion, reintegration and reconstruction.

New rules for rebuilding a broken nation

New rules for rebuilding a broken nation

Long conflict can wreck a country, leaving behind poverty and chaos. But what’s the right way to help war-torn countries rebuild? Paul Collier explains the problems with current post-conflict aid plans, and suggests 3 ideas for a better approach. 

Religion and conflict – what is neutral space?

Religion and conflict – what is neutral space?

Beliefs, religion and culture have often been sidelined as private matters in accounts of conflict, understood as products of more ‘basic’ material factors, or else seen as a cause and not a source of solutions. Today, complex social identities – often fundamentally shaped by religion – are beginning to be […]

Tango – the intimate dance of conflict transformation

Tango – the intimate dance of conflict transformation

Trust, dialogue, passion, communication, vulnerability and empathy. Like tango, transforming conflict is an intimate affair.

The walk from “no” to “yes”

The walk from “no” to “yes”

William Ury, author of “Getting to Yes,” offers an elegant, simple (but not easy) way to create agreement in even the most difficult situations – from family conflict to, perhaps, the Middle East.

Impunity and Boko Haram in north-eastern Nigeria

Impunity and Boko Haram in north-eastern Nigeria

The Boko Haram conflict northern Nigeria has been mostly viewed in social, economic, and religious terms; however, the relationship between the politics of transitional justice and impunity can also offer important insights.

Teaching conflict transformation to youth – preparing the world’s future leaders

Teaching conflict transformation to youth – preparing the world’s future leaders

While incorporating conflict resolution concepts into education is blossoming, now is the perfect time to extend this type of education to all corners of the world, especially for youth in troubled areas. We can start by promoting these ideas to educators and administrators in our communities. This is an exciting time for […]

Former prisoners and conflict transformation in Northern Ireland

Former prisoners and conflict transformation in Northern Ireland

The changing dynamics of ‘post conflict’ political discourse, coupled with the emergence of a new generation who did not necessarily live through the thirty year conflict, requires a re-imagining of conflict transformation by former prisoners. They need to move beyond discourses which informed their journey to the prisons and re-evaluate […]

Kosovo – an approach to settling the north emerging?

Kosovo – an approach to settling the north emerging?

Dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade has moved surprisingly well since the new – supposedly radical nationalist – Serbian government took up its side late last year. The Quint will now have to convince Pristina to stop the violence against Serbs already under its authority.

Damascus and the Tariqa (the way by initiation)

Damascus and the Tariqa (the way by initiation)

With the current hardening of the sense of duality between Syrian government and opposition, good faith negotiations seem even further away.  The vision of an inclusive Syria in which all political factions and sectarian communities play a part is giving way to a desire of each to destroy their perceived […]

Bringing peace into the post-2015 development framework

Bringing peace into the post-2015 development framework

TransConflict has endorsed the following statement, entitled “Bringing peace into the post-2015 development framework”, which sets forth key recommendations for how to most effectively integrate peacebuilding and violence prevention into the post-Millennium Development Goals.

Salience and emotion

Salience and emotion

Progress toward more effective management of regional disputes will be possible only if leaders emerge inside the region capable and willing to channel their own and their followers’ emotions toward negotiations everyone accepts from the outset will lead to painful sacrifices on everyone’s part.

Peacebuilding and Bach

Peacebuilding and Bach

The music of Johann Sebastian Bach, particularly his organ music, redresses the balance from a bleak view of human affairs to a saner and more hopeful perspective.

Politics by other means – netwar for Kosovo

Though an under-explored aspect of contemporary conflict, developments in information technology are fuelling the emergence of new forms of warfare which could pose a unique challenge to state’s critical infrastructure.

The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack

The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack

TransConflict is pleased to announce that it is now an affiliated organization of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack.

Recognising every casualty of armed violence

TransConflict has become a signatory to the Charter for the Recognition of Every Casualty of Armed Violence, which has at its core a simple principle that ‘no person should die unrecorded’.

Returning disputed war monuments

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.

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.

EU accession and peacebuilding

Extracts from a report on a recent seminar, entitled ‘EU accession and peacebuilding’, organized by the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO), which took place in Belgrade on 28-29th September 2010.