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.
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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’.
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.
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.
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 […]
Trust, dialogue, passion, communication, vulnerability and empathy. Like tango, transforming conflict is an intimate affair.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
TransConflict is pleased to announce that it is now an affiliated organization of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack.
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’.
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.
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.
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.