Recent Posts

The politics of reconciliation in Zimbabwe

The politics of reconciliation in Zimbabwe

A delay in establishing the constitutionally-guaranteed National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) raises profound questions about the commitment of Zimbabwe’s political elites to achieving justice and reconciliation. 

Kosovo’s north – from barricades to integration

Kosovo’s north – from barricades to integration

Immediately after the December 1st run-off, Pristina, Belgrade and the international community should translate the famous concept of integration into measurable and tangible benefits for the north.

Addressing human rights violations in the Armenian armed forces

Addressing human rights violations in the Armenian armed forces

With human rights violations in the Armenian Armed Forces having become a taboo subject, Peace Dialogue used simulations to raise awareness about the situation faced by soldiers, thereby helping breakdown the culture of silence that prevailed.  

The success of nonviolent civil resistance

The success of nonviolent civil resistance

Between 1900-2006, campaigns of nonviolent civil resistance were twice as successful as violent campaigns. Erica Chenoweth will talk about her research on the impressive historical record of civil resistance in the 20th century and discuss the promise of unarmed struggle in the 21st century.

Kashmir – an integral part of what?

Kashmir – an integral part of what?

The dispute over Jammu and Kashmir has long been discussed from an Indian or Pakistani perspective, ignoring the views of those Kashmiris who feel that they have been denied their right to self-determination for over six decades.

Burundi at crossroads – tensions are rising ahead of the 2015 elections

Burundi at crossroads – tensions are rising ahead of the 2015 elections

Disillusionment is growing in Burundi, with claims that there is a general lack of political will and dishonesty on the part of the government in implementing the provisions of the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement, which brought to an end the seven-year civil war.

The fight of ‘who is right’ – perspectives in conflict

The fight of ‘who is right’ – perspectives in conflict

Attempts at reconciliation should first begin by working to eliminate antagonism; namely by bringing two or more stories to the table and revealing to each party the perspective of ‘the other’.

Unfree and unfair in northern Kosovo

Unfree and unfair in northern Kosovo

The municipal elections in Kosovo on were not really local, and come down to two very different stories depending on whether one looks at the Serb-held northern region or the rest of the country. These were not ordinary elections: they were meant to mark a peaceful transfer of power over […]

Women, wartime and the dream of peace

Women, wartime and the dream of peace

In war we often see only the frontline stories of soldiers and combat. Zainab Salbi tells powerful “backline” stories of women who keep everyday life going during conflicts, and calls for women to have a place at the negotiating table once fighting is over. 

Kosovo – what next?

Kosovo – what next?

When the election is run again, it will hopefully take place with adequate EULEX presence and with UN as well as OSCE observation.  Whatever the outcome, the EU, US and NATO should resist pressures from Pristina to simply “take over” and impose its rule in the north.

Syria – women, peacework, and the lesson from Bosnia

Syria – women, peacework, and the lesson from Bosnia

Below the radar of the forthcoming Geneva-2 peace talks, Bosnian and Syrian women are holding meetings to discuss the lessons that must be learnt from the failure of the Dayton Agreement. However, without the voices of those who have the greatest stake in preserving peace in their countries, peace agreements […]

Two roofs over one school

Two roofs over one school

The evolution of the protests over the school in Konjević Polje seems to be the product of more profound social and political dynamics in Bratunac municipality, and indeed in the whole of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

Let the manipulation begin – first number claims of the Bosnian census

Let the manipulation begin – first number claims of the Bosnian census

Less than two weeks since the end of the census, politicians have begun to claim to know the results of the Bosnian census. While circulating numbers about population shares is unlikely to be shaping the outcome of the census, it is likely to shape the perception of the outcome. 

Making peace is a marathon

Making peace is a marathon

In Lebanon there is one gunshot a year that isn’t part of a scene of routine violence: The opening sound of the Beirut International Marathon. In a moving talk, marathon founder May El-Khalil explains why she believed a 26.2-mile running event could bring together a country divided for decades by […]

Kosovo – what if the election fails?

Kosovo – what if the election fails?

Detaching membership – for both Serbia and Kosovo – from finding an immediate solution to the Kosovo issue might help everyone move forward with a greater sense of security and an openness to cooperation.

A waiting game – Syria through the lens of conflict transformation

A waiting game – Syria through the lens of conflict transformation

Looking at Syria through the lenses of a few selected Principles of Conflict Transformation can offer new suggestions for peaceful actions as the fatigue of violence continues to grow. 

Information and intelligence cooperation in multifunctional international operations

Information and intelligence cooperation in multifunctional international operations

TransConflict is pleased to recommend a course, entitled “Information and intelligence cooperation in multifunctional international operations”, organized by the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), which includes a lecture by TransConflict Advisory Board member, Julian Harston.

Could this year’s Nobel Peace Prize be a step towards eradicating chemical weapons?

Could this year’s Nobel Peace Prize be a step towards eradicating chemical weapons?

This years Nobel Peace Prize went to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons; a worthy and timely tribute, which will hopefully bolster the efforts to eradicate chemical weapons.

Natural resources and peacebuilding – is the United Nations united?

Natural resources and peacebuilding – is the United Nations united?

There is a fundamental need to address natural resource degradation, governance and benefit-sharing as a fundamental component of peacebuilding in Afghanistan and other post-war countries.

When counting counts – the Bosnian census

When counting counts – the Bosnian census

The waiting period for the census results unfortunately coincides with next year’s general elections meaning that leaked census results – real or made up – might become a feature of the election campaign. So though the counting is over, the use and abuse of numbers has just begun.

On reconciliation in Kosovo

On reconciliation in Kosovo

The Balkans, in general, and Kosovo, in particular, will not come to terms with the past without real political determination and recognition. The process of reconciliation cannot be taken as a separate process in Kosovo, since the legacies of the armed conflict affected all countries in the Former Yugoslavia, and […]

The Rwandan case – is it possible to truly compensate victims of genocide?

The Rwandan case – is it possible to truly compensate victims of genocide?

The victims of the Tutsi Genocide – one of the worst incidences of mass killing in the 20th century – are still struggling to receive financial compensation for their physical and material loss 20 years on, raising questions about whether it is even possible to fully compensate these people after […]

A realistic vision for world peace

A realistic vision for world peace

Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams brings tough love to the dream of world peace, with her razor-sharp take on what “peace” really means, and a set of profound stories that zero in on the creative struggle — and sacrifice — of those who work for it.

The humanitarian role of local faith communities

The humanitarian role of local faith communities

In humanitarian emergencies across the world, people commonly look to their local faith communities for support. But does religion help people and societies to cope with and transition out of conflict and disaster, or is it ill-equipped, superstitious and fatalist, even creating conflict in the first place? Preliminary investigations have […]

Ethnic conflict and gender-based violence

Ethnic conflict and gender-based violence

These effects of rape as a strategy of war demonstrate how it has been systematically used as a weapon to destroy the possibility for future social reunion, reintegration and reconstruction.