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Commemorating genocide – an important element of the politics of memory in Rwanda

Commemorating genocide – an important element of the politics of memory in Rwanda

Rwanda’s ruling elites and society at large need to accept the existence of certain ‘inconvenient’ historical facts – such as the thousands of Hutu refugees killed at the hands of Rwandan troops in the eastern part of then Zaire – in order to create the collective memory which does justice to victims […]

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part twelve

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part twelve

TransConflict is pleased to present part twelve of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995″, which “aims at describing causes, features, and consequences of ethnic cleansing as a policy in Bosnia-Hercegovina during the war.”

Day of nonviolence – the wheel of time

Day of nonviolence – the wheel of time

The goal of nonviolent action is not to repress or to defeat, but to convert, to allow the persons who are today the enemy to live according to the better part of human nature rather than by the violence and revenge which has been the dominant character of Chinese politics.

September 2014 Review

September 2014 Review

TransConflict is pleased to present a selection of articles published during September, plus updates from the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation. 

Talking peace in Nepal

Talking peace in Nepal

It is imperative that young people involved in armed groups receive effective rehabilitative support, are given pathways to employment, and are given opportunities for constructive social interaction to ensure their inclusion in post-conflict Nepal.

Natural resources and violence in Nigeria

Natural resources and violence in Nigeria

Unsustainable resource exploitation by Western oil companies has played a role in the development of grievances that subsequently resulted in the creation of rebel groups in Nigeria.

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part eleven

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part eleven

TransConflict is pleased to present part eleven of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995″, which “aims at describing causes, features, and consequences of ethnic cleansing as a policy in Bosnia-Hercegovina during the war.”

Israel and Palestine – challenging conventional peace and conflict paradigms

Israel and Palestine – challenging conventional peace and conflict paradigms

Space for dialogue still remains in this conflict, but conventional peace wisdom needs to be revisited and challenged to adjust to the ever-changing realities in both Israel and Palestine.

Social media helps connect divided families in Kashmir

Social media helps connect divided families in Kashmir

Compared to other confidence building measures, social media has played a vital role in bridging the divides created by the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, helping overcome communication gaps and promoting the concept of a healing nation.

On peacekeeping

On peacekeeping

An effective law is required to regulate peacekeeping missions; one that provides a standardized basis for the behaviour of peacekeepers, including issues such as the potential use of force and questions of impunity.

Syria – missed opportunities and future perils

Syria – missed opportunities and future perils

One cannot deny that action in Syria is long-overdue. The question that remains –  which is currently being debated by Western power-brokers – is what form such action should take.

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part ten

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part ten

TransConflict is pleased to present part ten of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995″, which “aims at describing causes, features, and consequences of ethnic cleansing as a policy in Bosnia-Hercegovina during the war.”

2014 – the year Europe’s map changed (again)

2014 – the year Europe’s map changed (again)

Europe’s map has changed in one crucial way already in 2014, even if most maps outside Russia will not reflect this change. The other change might be both more important and certainly less destructive than the former.

Palestinian flags in Derry and Sarajevo – solidarity through representation

Palestinian flags in Derry and Sarajevo – solidarity through representation

Victimhood is a powerful motivator of acts of solidarity. It is, therefore, more important than ever to understand and explain the role of symbols and slogans as political motivators in divided societies. Conflict transformation practitioners should not be scared of symbols, but rather of their interpretations. 

The ninth GCCT newsletter

The ninth GCCT newsletter

TransConflict is pleased to present the ninth Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation (GCCT) newsletter, showcasing the work of the GCCT and its members.

Inside Out from Northern Ireland

Inside Out from Northern Ireland

TransConflict is pleased to showcase the work of Inside Out from Northern Ireland, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation.

International Peace and Development Training Center (IPDTC) training courses

International Peace and Development Training Center (IPDTC) training courses

TransConflict is pleased to present information about new training courses offered by the International Peace and Development Training Center (IPDTC), which was established by the Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR), a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation (GCCT).

Bosnia-Herzegovina – positive effects of the idea of ethnic electoral units

Bosnia-Herzegovina – positive effects of the idea of ethnic electoral units

TransConflict is pleased to present the third and final part of a paper analysing ethnic electoral units in Bosnia and Herzegovina, produced by the Institute for Social and Political Research (IDPI), a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation. 

Islamic State in Iraq-Syria – the standards of world law

Islamic State in Iraq-Syria – the standards of world law

The UN Human Rights Council Special Session on Iraq was a major advance for world law as for the first time, a non-state actor is held responsible for upholding universally-recognized human rights standards.

Bosnia-Herzegovina – the ‘Komšić’ problem and constitutional logic of ethnic electoral units

Bosnia-Herzegovina – the ‘Komšić’ problem and constitutional logic of ethnic electoral units

TransConflict is pleased to present the second-part of a three-part paper analysing ethnic electoral units in Bosnia and Herzegovina, produced by the Institute for Social and Political Research, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation. 

Democracy, democratic representation and constitutional logic of ethnic electoral units in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Democracy, democratic representation and constitutional logic of ethnic electoral units in Bosnia-Herzegovina

TransConflict is pleased to present the first part of a three part paper analysing the ethnic electoral units in Bosnia and Herzegovina, produced by the Institute for Social and Political Research (IDPI), a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation. 

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part nine

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part nine

TransConflict is pleased to present part nine of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995″, which “aims at describing causes, features, and consequences of ethnic cleansing as a policy in Bosnia-Hercegovina during the war.”

UMAM Documentation and Research from Lebanon

UMAM Documentation and Research from Lebanon

TransConflict is pleased to present the profile of UMAM Documentation and Research from Lebanon, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation.

When fighting terror produces ever more radicals and sectarianism

When fighting terror produces ever more radicals and sectarianism

At a time when Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria is on the cusp of being accepted as just another effort in the general “war on terror,” it is advisable to question the likelihood that a (Shia) “partisan” war on (Sunni) terror could well become a breeding ground for more “radicals” on […]

UN Security Council should build on its momentum in protecting schools from attack and military use

UN Security Council should build on its momentum in protecting schools from attack and military use

The United Nations (UN) Security Council should support specific actions to address the widespread incidence of targeted attacks on education and military use of schools in wartime, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA).