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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, […]

Never Again Rwanda from Rwanda

Never Again Rwanda from Rwanda

TransConflict is pleased to present the profile of Never Again Rwanda from Rwanda, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation.

Never again – a reality or dream for Rwanda?

Never again – a reality or dream for Rwanda?

The Rwandan youth – who represent the majority of the population – are actively involved in preserving peace and prosperity in their nation. Through participating in Never Again Rwanda’s commemoration activities where their voice is heard, appreciated and taken into account, NAR fights to always make never again a reality.

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities – part thirteen

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities – part thirteen

TransConflict is pleased to present the thirteenth part of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Independence and the Fate of Minorities (1991-1992).”

April 2014 Review

April 2014 Review

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

The establishment of a Special Court and transitional justice in Kosovo

The establishment of a Special Court and transitional justice in Kosovo

Securing convictions for war crimes (regardless of the ethnicity of victim or perpetrator) is only one aspect of transitional justice. What is just as important is the perception that justice is fairly pursued and adequately addressed for all sides, in order for reconciliation to be embraced.

Russia, Ukraine and the U.S. – the saga continues

Russia, Ukraine and the U.S. – the saga continues

The current crisis should encourage Europeans and Russians to explore structures to push security and political collaboration to the same high level as economic integration. Whilst that may not completely end changes in borders and the structure of political community, it might provide a venue to find mutually acceptable solutions.

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities – part twelve

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities – part twelve

TransConflict is pleased to present the twelfth part of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Independence and the Fate of Minorities (1991-1992).”

Indigenous peoples – expanding the realm of justice

Indigenous peoples – expanding the realm of justice

Indigenous peoples around the world often find themselves caught up in conflict, but ignored by the mechanisms used to end them. Including all parties is integral to ensuring lasting peace.

EULEX mandate extended amid reports of corruption investigations into EULEX judges and prosecutors

EULEX mandate extended amid reports of corruption investigations into EULEX judges and prosecutors

Concerns over accountability mechanisms within EULEX and its effectiveness raise inevitable questions as to whether an institution with such a record and structure can be effective in combating corruption and strengthening justice in Kosovo. Indeed, the establishment of the new special war crimes court is seen by some as evidence […]

Cyprus talks re-started – will the new hopes survive the old methods?

Cyprus talks re-started – will the new hopes survive the old methods?

Though peace talks have restarted in Cyprus with an air of cautious optimism, a satisfactory and sustainable peace settlement needs to be based a collaboration between leaders, civil society and the wider public.

Breaking Ukraine

Breaking Ukraine

Russia has real interests in Ukraine, the West does not. The Ukrainians have fundamental interests.  The Western role should be to help them make the best deal possible with Russia while there may still be one to make.