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Whose peace are we building?

Whose peace are we building?

There is a reason why military and foreign intervention doesn’t work. These interventions thrust “solutions” onto the people of the country intervened in. These “solutions” are the intervening power’s idea of what the ideal is, and are not necessarily the ideal for the people with whose country the intervention occurs. […]

Time to do a deal with Assad?

Time to do a deal with Assad?

The military options for the West vis-a-vis Iraq and the IS are limited without some ability to operate permissively in Syria. This would require movement toward a political settlement to the Syrian civil war and an arrangement with Assad. We would need to work with those we find in power […]

Michael Brown and social fission

Michael Brown and social fission

The bottom line is not that democracy is dead or activism is pointless, but that the accelerating decline of Western power creates unlimited possibilities for different forms of politics and the organization of power—to include forms that will look more like traditional structures than the fantasies of liberal, secular, or […]

Voices of reconciliation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Voices of reconciliation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

As the violence continues, there are grassroots organisations in Israel and Palestine are working to build peace. One such example is Parents Circle-Families Forum. The organisation has bought together more than 600 Palestinian and Israeli families, all of whom have lost an immediate family member to the conflict, to call […]

From Nigeria to Iraq – the on-going failure to protect women and girls in armed conflict

From Nigeria to Iraq – the on-going failure to protect women and girls in armed conflict

Armed conflicts like the one currently consuming Iraq, plus the actions of Boko Haram in Nigeria, continue to show that women and girls are among the most vulnerable actors, regularly subject to indiscriminate exploitation, discrimination and violence. 

Macedonia on the brink

Macedonia on the brink

Authoritarian tendencies, ethnonationalist state-building and segregation of the two largest communities make for a combustible mix. Even if the protests have died down, Macedonia is probably the only country of the former Yugoslavia where ethnic violence remains a real risk.

Why youth policy is a key factor in preventing conflict   

Why youth policy is a key factor in preventing conflict  

On International Youth Day, it is vital to acknowledge and understand the role of youth policies and the positive effect their implementation has on communities and countries, especially for the reduction and prevention of conflict. 

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).

Turkey’s Kurdish peace process – part 3

Turkey’s Kurdish peace process – part 3

The DDR roadmap that is expected to take shape by October will be the result of a tough negotiation process that will need to address the thorny issues of democratic autonomy, general amnesty and education in mother tongue. Yet one wonders how long the peace process will sustain its momentum if the […]

Could the use of rockets be banned in the Middle East?

Could the use of rockets be banned in the Middle East?

Efforts to eliminate stocks of rockets and missiles seem unlikely to succeed in the current context. However, a ban on use might be a real possibility and merits speedy consultations.

The Centre for Research, Documentation and Publication from Kosovo

The Centre for Research, Documentation and Publication from Kosovo

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

The SITF report speaks less of Kosovo than of the international community

The SITF report speaks less of Kosovo than of the international community

What is most interesting about the report unveiled on Tuesday by the special investigative task force (SITF) is not what it says about the KLA, but what it implies about the post-conflict and state-building international interventions in Kosovo.

All parties should protect schools and children in Gaza conflict

All parties should protect schools and children in Gaza conflict

Attacks on schools that are not being used for military purposes violate international humanitarian law. The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) calls on all parties to the conflict to respect education facilities as safe zones and to refrain from any military activity in or around schools that could […]

July 2014 Review

July 2014 Review

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

Bosnia’s constitutional reform – response to Valery Perry

Bosnia’s constitutional reform – response to Valery Perry

Florian Bieber responds to Valery Perry’s piece on constitutional reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

More muddling through in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

More muddling through in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

Constitutional reform is never a “panacea,” in any country. However, by engaging citizens, creating opportunities for litigation and targeting constituencies ready and able to demand accountability in targeted areas, the language of reform can at least be normalized and, perhaps even democratized.

The Interfaith Encounter Association from Israel

The Interfaith Encounter Association from Israel

TransConflict is pleased to present the profile of the Interfaith Encounter Association from Israel, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation.

Why constitutional reform will not solve the Bosnian blockade

Why constitutional reform will not solve the Bosnian blockade

Whilst the strong link between ethnicity, territory and governance has caused problems that contribute to the Bosnian crisis, the constitutional reform cannot hope to overcome this, but can only reduce its impact at best. Constitutional reform entails a trade-off between seeking to achieve modest improvements of the institutional structure, whilst sustaining […]

Sarajevo, one hundred years later

Sarajevo, one hundred years later

Last month commemorations were held to mark 100 years since the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand – and the beginning of the chain of events that led to World War One. A century later, the events of 1914 still cause division in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

A political framework for a new approach to Israeli-Palestinian coexistence

A political framework for a new approach to Israeli-Palestinian coexistence

A political framework for a new approach to Israeli-Palestinian coexistence provides for a joint country called Israel-Palestine having equal rights for all, separate geographical areas for the two peoples, the ability by individuals to live anywhere in the entire country (within practical limits) either as a citizen or as a […]

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

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

TransConflict is pleased to present part seven 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.”

Wi’am from Palestine

Wi’am from Palestine

TransConflict is pleased to present the profile of Wi’am from Palestine, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation.

The Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation – An Update

The Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation – An Update

TransConflict is pleased to provide an update on the work of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation (GCCT), which is comprised of organizations committed to upholding and implementing the Principles of Conflict Transformation.

Women entrepreneurs, example not exception

Women entrepreneurs, example not exception

Women aren’t micro – so why do they only get micro-loans? Reporter Gayle Tzemach Lemmon argues that women running all types of firms – from home businesses to major factories – are the overlooked key to economic development. 

The road to peace in Mali – political roadblocks and other obstacles

The road to peace in Mali – political roadblocks and other obstacles

Civil society organisations are doing good work in Mali. But their job is being made more difficult by the need to address the root causes of conflict, especially the discontent of those in the north.