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Attacks on schools commonplace in conflicts around the world

Attacks on schools commonplace in conflicts around the world

The UN Secretary-General’s report released last week confirms findings that attacks on education are a deliberate tactic in most armed conflicts worldwide, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA).

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 4

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 4

TransConflict is pleased to present part four 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.”

Across the Line of Control – the real stakeholders of peace

Across the Line of Control – the real stakeholders of peace

The 740km line of control dividing Indian and Pakistani administered Kashmir, which has been labelled ‘Asia’s Berlin wall’, has a profound impact on on communities.

Kosovo at a critical juncture

Kosovo at a critical juncture

Following the parliamentary elections of June 8, a new political landscape is emerging in Kosovo. Will it be more democratic?

June 2014 Review

June 2014 Review

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

Norway leading the way to end military use of schools

Norway leading the way to end military use of schools

The Norwegian government’s leadership to promote international standards to protect schools and universities from military use during armed conflict could spare students and teachers the horrors of war.

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 3

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 3

TransConflict is pleased to present part three 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.”

Bosnia and Iraq – cycles of calamity

Bosnia and Iraq – cycles of calamity

Whatever government structure is finally developed for an ethnically segregated Iraq it should not be as dysfunctional as the Dayton constitution proved to be for Bosnia. Avoidance of an equivalent post-conflict catastrophe must be the predominant goal of the international policymaker.

Turkey’s Kurdish peace process: dead end – part 1

Turkey’s Kurdish peace process: dead end – part 1

Turkey is gearing up for Presidential elections in August, and the Kurdish vote might determine the next president of Turkey. 

Understanding mass violence is the first step to reconciliation in the Central African Republic

Understanding mass violence is the first step to reconciliation in the Central African Republic

Genocidal violence is by and large political; when these politics are understood, non-violent platforms can then be constructed that provide a route to reconciliation and, in the case of the Central African Republic (CAR), rebuilding important institutions and systems for human security.

The rising gap between Shias and state institutions in Pakistan

The rising gap between Shias and state institutions in Pakistan

Targeted killings of Shias Pakistan is fuelling growing mistrust between Shias and state institutions.

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 2

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 2

TransConflict is pleased to present part two 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.”

The eighth GCCT newsletter

The eighth GCCT newsletter

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

The Centre for Conflict Management and Transformation (CCMT) from Zimbabwe

The Centre for Conflict Management and Transformation (CCMT) from Zimbabwe

TransConflict is pleased to showcase the work of the Centre for Conflict Management and Transformation (CCMT) from Zimbabwe, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation.

Protecting schools from attack in Nigeria and beyond – how to support community-based responses

Protecting schools from attack in Nigeria and beyond – how to support community-based responses

The abduction of close to 300 girls by Boko Haram from a school in Borno state, Nigeria in April, and the closure of schools due to insecurity in the region, highlight the urgent need to find practical solutions to prevent and respond to attacks on education.

Women in Northern Ireland – sharing the learning

Women in Northern Ireland – sharing the learning

In the last two years, more than 600 women peacebuilders have met on a cross-community and cross-border basis to share their experiences of working for peace in Northern Ireland.

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.

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995

TransConflict is pleased to present 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.”

Peace journalism and Boko Haram

Peace journalism and Boko Haram

What war journalism does is create a hype that gets everyone to say “Never Again” and employ powerful sounding hashtags – but it stops with that. Once the conflict is resolved or becomes old news, there is a massive decline regarding concern over the issue, yet nothing was done to […]

Breaking the silence surrounding war rape in Bosnia

Breaking the silence surrounding war rape in Bosnia

Almost twenty years on from the end of the war, a new campaign aims to increase understanding and decrease stigmatisation of survivors of rape in Bosnia.

Beyond signatures – the roadmap to positive peace in South Sudan

Beyond signatures – the roadmap to positive peace in South Sudan

Addressing the legitimate needs of the people – focusing on bottom-up state building and reconstruction processes – will be key for building sustainable peace in South Sudan.

Syria and the ICC

Syria and the ICC

There are arguments that to prosecute is to interfere with the right of self-determination of the Syrian people. However, when there is evidence of mass atrocities, with clear ideas as to who is responsible, the prosecution cannot be considered to be “taking sides”. 

An enquiry concerning the Donetsk People’s Republic

An enquiry concerning the Donetsk People’s Republic

The People’s Republic of Donetsk seems likely to be perpetuated as a chronically unstable catastrophe, as Russia wants neither independence nor sustainable federalisation. For the time being, she desires just chaos and exhaustion of the West’s energies.

Collaborating for conflict transformation in Uganda

Collaborating for conflict transformation in Uganda

TransConflict is pleased to present the first contributions from our recently-established Collaborative Conflict Transformation initiative, providing a thorough overview of all aspects of conflict in Uganda. 

Russia – ‘keep silent or confess that you are a foreign agent’

Russia – ‘keep silent or confess that you are a foreign agent’

By presenting the activities of human rights defenders as a betrayal of the nation and its values, the Russian authorities are trying to silence those who think differently, whilst proposing to export such practices to partner countries such as Armenia.