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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. 

Natural catastrophe as possible inflection point

Natural catastrophe as possible inflection point

Signs that local authorities, patronage figures, and citizens are cooperating to pressure central and entity governments to reconstruct mutually beneficial infrastructure could indicate—finally—a determination to build the local markets essential to eventual economic growth. 

May 2014 Review

May 2014 Review

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

Kosovo and Crimea – what’s the difference?

Kosovo and Crimea – what’s the difference?

The only discussion of principle emerging from the debates over Kosovar and Crimean independence is that initiated by Woodrow Wilson towards the end of World War One, about whether national minorities have the right to self-determination. Can a smaller group be compelled to be part of a larger state, or […]

The Ukrainian lesson – challenges for a new European peace movement

The Ukrainian lesson – challenges for a new European peace movement

To use this chance means to define the tasks of a renewed, truly Pan-European peace movement; an integral movement reviving the best ideas of former Central European dissidents for healing human interaction on the political, personal and eschatological level and applying them to the Common European Home in its entirety, […]

Marc Ndarigendane – a Burundian peace maker

Marc Ndarigendane – a Burundian peace maker

Burundi has been hit by several cycles of violence since its independence in 1962, with 1965, 1972, 1988 and 1993 associated with massacres and a civil war between Hutus and Tutsis. Last month the Burundian parliament adopted a law on a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which could be the beginning of […]

Reflecting nature in project design and implementation – part two

Reflecting nature in project design and implementation – part two

TransConflict is pleased to present the second part of a paper by the Centre for Conflict Management and Transformation from Zimbabwe, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation, exploring how the design and implementation of peacebuilding projects should reflect nature.

Reflecting nature in project design and implementation

Reflecting nature in project design and implementation

TransConflict is pleased to present a two-part paper by the Centre for Conflict Management and Transformation from Zimbabwe, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation, exploring how the design and implementation of peacebuilding projects should reflect nature.

Can I reconcile with the man who killed my son?

Can I reconcile with the man who killed my son?

Robi, an Israeli mother, ponders the possibility of meeting her son David’s killer, and can’t help wonder how honest she is with herself in her quest for reconciliation. Can a person who stole the life of a women’s child ever truly be forgiven? Is the dialogue between perpetrators and victims […]

Drug trafficking and the Colombian conflict

Drug trafficking and the Colombian conflict

What is the relationship between drug trafficking and the armed conflict in Colombia, and will the ongoing peace negotiations between the government and the FARC be able to break the link?

Indian exceptionalism – the Armed Forces Special Power Act

Indian exceptionalism – the Armed Forces Special Power Act

The impunity granted to the Indian army by the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) in areas such as the Northeast and Kashmir continues to compromise the human rights of people living in these respective regions. 

When will victims in Nepal get their justice?

When will victims in Nepal get their justice?

Although the government seems committed to forming a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and a Disappearance Commission, their effectiveness depends on the strength and approval of the bills, and the willingness of the government and political parties to work on transitional justice.

The role of technology in the 2014 Afghan elections

The role of technology in the 2014 Afghan elections

Impassion Afghanistan plays a role in the elections by contributing to the development of technology in the country, and producing trained citizen journalists using social media to report from the field.

Kosova/o – uneven competition

Kosova/o – uneven competition

As there is no indication that any EU member will block Serbia from getting into the EU without recognizing Kosova, Kosova’s – and Washington’s – main goal should be to lead to the condition that neither contestant can get into the club unless they both do.

Peacemaking, peacekeeping, peacebuilding and peace enforcement in the 21st century

Peacemaking, peacekeeping, peacebuilding and peace enforcement in the 21st century

So far, the United Nations has employed with success the four linked strategies of peacemaking, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, and peace enforcement. Such strategies promote the multinational and multilateral impartiality based on the principle of equality of states and universal human rights which are embedded in the UN Charter.

Peace education in post-genocide Rwanda

Peace education in post-genocide Rwanda

As a contribution to preventing violence on the continent, the participants of the African Alliance for Peace summit formulated the ‘Kigali Declaration’ in order to call on all African countries to invest in educating its people for peace.

Basque Country – experiences of the Social Forum to invigorate peace

Basque Country – experiences of the Social Forum to invigorate peace

The Basque process has had to be innovative, mainly because of the very limited contact between ETA and the Spanish or French governments. Much of Basque society understands it as a peace process, but the Spanish government does not want to be a partner in this and many issues that Basque society sees […]

Winners and losers in the Balkans wars – lessons for Ukraine and the Levant

Winners and losers in the Balkans wars – lessons for Ukraine and the Levant

Absent genuine geopolitical interest in another country’s conflicts, the West should stay out of others’ civil wars lest it risks exacerbating them and contributing to chaos through elicitation of false hopes.

Maidan and Armenian political perspectives

Maidan and Armenian political perspectives

Armenia has gone from negotiating an Association Agreement with the EU to expressing a desire to join the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia; a decision that threatens to fundamentally undermine the country’s reform prospects, particularly following recent developments in Ukraine. 

Stop making war business

Stop making war business

Peace journalism is key for ensuring that conflict is accurately and appropriately reported, with its genesis and circumstances fully explained, and that local peacebuilding ideas and solutions get the visibility they deserve. 

Local elections in Turkey – on the verge of polarization and cohesion

Local elections in Turkey – on the verge of polarization and cohesion

In Turkey, large scale citizen mobilization in defense of votes in the recent local elections shows the government’s loss of credibility and trust in the eyes of the majority of citizens. It also shows the decisiveness of public in their ongoing struggle for democracy and clean politics. Turkish prime minister, […]