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Local pressure for peace mounts in Syria’s civil war

Local pressure for peace mounts in Syria’s civil war

In the chaos of Syria’s civil war local peacebuilders are finding ways to bring respite for tired civilians from suffering and danger.

Invest in social change

Invest in social change

Toby Eccles’s pioneering Social Impact Bond allowed private investors to support a UK program that helps ex-prisoners who served short sentences to stay outside prison through job training, classes and therapy.

Top 15 articles of 2013

Top 15 articles of 2013

TransConflict recommends the following 15 articles published during 2013. To share your own favourite articles from TransConflict from throughout the year, please use the comment function provided.

The fog of war in Sri Lanka

The fog of war in Sri Lanka

Reporting of the civil war in Sri Lanka has tended to distort various aspects of the violence that ensued, particularly in terms of the number of civilian casualties and the causes of their deaths.

The new UN and peacekeeping

The new UN and peacekeeping

The return to robust peacekeeping is a disconcerting development since it raises the whole question of the need for impartiality if peacekeepers are to have real legitimacy and it puts the humanitarians and others who work with the UN in greater peril.

Rape, sexual slavery and flogging – a crisis situation for women in Sudan

Rape, sexual slavery and flogging – a crisis situation for women in Sudan

A new report by the The International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict, entitled ‘Survivors Speak Out: Sexual Violence in Sudan’, details the rape, sexual slavery and other forms of sexual violence confronting the women of Sudan.

Teaching with the world peace game

Teaching with the world peace game

John Hunter puts all the problems of the world on a 4′x5′ plywood board – and lets his 4th-graders solve them. He explains how his World Peace Game engages school kids, and why the complex lessons it teaches – spontaneous, and always surprising – go further than classroom lectures can.

States have a responsibility to protect higher education from attack

States have a responsibility to protect higher education from attack

States must protect universities as spaces where professors and students are safe to teach, learn, and research free from threats to their physical and psychological well being, the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) said in a new report released last week.

Rwanda after genocide – building peace through art

Rwanda after genocide – building peace through art

The ‘Peacebuilding after Genocide’ mobile exhibition used story telling and dialogue methodologies to educate people about the 1994 genocide, to examine what causes violence and to send messages of peace and social cohesion. 

New Silk Road – stabilising Afghanistan post-2014

New Silk Road – stabilising Afghanistan post-2014

The revival of the country’s ancient role as a trade and transport hub for South and Central Asia can contribute to a stable and prosperous Afghanistan.

The new UN peacekeeping

The new UN peacekeeping

UN reform of peacekeeping seems to mean mainly focusing on two instances – when civilian deaths in a conflict or failing state are actually or potentially bad enough to make it too politically embarrassing to appear to be doing nothing, and when a UNSC mandate can provide cover for counter-terrorism.

Poems of war, peace, women, power

Poems of war, peace, women, power

In her poems and plays, Suheir Hammad blends the stories and sounds of her Palestinian-American heritage with the vibrant language of Brooklyn to create a passionately modern voice.

Peace education for the culture of peace in Macedonia

Peace education for the culture of peace in Macedonia

Although the wars have passed, the need for peace education in the former Yugoslavia remains more pertinent than ever. The First Children’s Embassy in the World Megjashi is a local organisation tirelessly promoting peace and advocating for the rights of children in Macedonia.

Nagorno-Karabakh – using theatre to confront stereotypical perceptions of history

Nagorno-Karabakh – using theatre to confront stereotypical perceptions of history

Using the theatre and theatrical techniques as a mean for creating a safe space for young participants from societies involved in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict helped breakdown existing stereotypical perceptions of history.

Kosovo – the way forward?

Kosovo – the way forward?

Reaching the point of enabling some degree of normality in the north and between local and central institutions in Kosovo and Serbia will be a significant achievement and an important step toward political stability in this part of the Balkans.

Bridging divisions in Bosnia-Herzegovina’s society

Bridging divisions in Bosnia-Herzegovina’s society

Ethnic divisions in Bosnia and Herzegovina are possibly greater than ever before. The Genesis Project, though, shows that reconciliation is not an impossible dream.

November 2013 Review

November 2013 Review

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

UN Security Council Resolution 2122 on Women, Rule of Law and Transitional Justice

UN Security Council Resolution 2122 on Women, Rule of Law and Transitional Justice

On 18th October 2013, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution that puts in place stronger measures for women to participate in all phases of conflict prevention, resolution and recovery.

Can global development and local peacebuilding work together?

Can global development and local peacebuilding work together?

Can local peacebuilders become a crucial link between the international development industry and some of the most at-risk communities? 

Russia, Serbia and South Stream

Russia, Serbia and South Stream

For Russia, South Stream further consolidates its energy umbilical cord to Europe; whilst for Serbia it will serve as an important bridge between East and West – one that will increase its regional negotiating power.

Turkey’s rapprochement with Iraqi Kurdistan – an obstacle to the Kurdish peace process?

Turkey’s rapprochement with Iraqi Kurdistan – an obstacle to the Kurdish peace process?

The decision by Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to pursue rapprochement with the president of Iraqi Kurdistan could prove a profound obstacle to the Kurdish peace process.

Temperance in the Arab Spring – averting catastrophe through great power politics

Temperance in the Arab Spring – averting catastrophe through great power politics

The world’s most politically volatile region, the Middle East, has been stabilised through the collective common sense of three Great Powers – the United States, Great Britain and Russia – applying regressive yet pragmatic foreign policy.

Kosovo – “successful” election just first step

Kosovo – “successful” election just first step

The EU – with US support – has helped broker a framework that puts the current frozen conflict between Serbia and Kosovo onto a path that may eventually allow further mutual accommodation. But this opportunity could be lost if any of the parties try to move too quickly. 

The fifth GCCT newsletter

The fifth GCCT newsletter

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

The Movement Against Violence and Impunity in Africa

The Movement Against Violence and Impunity in Africa

The Movement Against Violence and Impunity in Africa (MAVIA) was established 2009 in the city of Monrovia, Liberia. It has since been involved with community outreaches raising awareness and teaching about non-violence, peace, and human rights.