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Living in two different worlds

Living in two different worlds

Fule’s criticism of BiH politicians’ unwillingness to change the constitution and his criticism of political leaders for the economic, political and social failures in Bosnia are connected. In both cases, the criticism of Fule go back to a serious disconnect between the West and political realities in Bosnia.

The undeluded going astray in Bosnia

The undeluded going astray in Bosnia

The process of integration into the European Union, which has been stagnant for a decade now, has exposed the sad reality of a total lack of political will on the part of Europe. 

The United Nations and its peacekeeping dilemma

The United Nations and its peacekeeping dilemma

The deployment of a UN Force Intervention Brigade (FIB), authorized to undertake “all necessary measures” to neutralize armed groups, represents an important step in the evolution of UN peacekeeping missions.

US foreign policy and Ukraine

US foreign policy and Ukraine

The US might form its policy around building and maintaining multilateral commitment to prevent, diffuse and contain conflicts, using its sense of right and wrong as the basis of a proactive and consistent diplomacy informed by local realities, sensitive to the interests, values and motivations of others and backed up […]

Bosnia – the country as wreckage

Bosnia – the country as wreckage

Protests over identity cards and economic anguish once again have shown that – by themselves – neither street action nor breathless rhetoric from full-time activists or outside commentators can overcome the basic structural underpinnings of informal, patronage based social and economic networks.

February 2014 Review

February 2014 Review

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

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

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

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

A third way for Cyprus?

A third way for Cyprus?

Cyprus cannot be a nation-state under Greek Cypriot majority rule, or two nation-states in a loose co-federation under the surveillance of NATO forces. But could Cyprus be a new united Republic founded on the ideas of labour and a common Mediterranean civilization? If the EU said yes.

The Center for Peacebuilding from Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Center for Peacebuilding from Bosnia and Herzegovina

TransConflict is pleased to present the profile of the Center for Peacebuilding from Bosnia and Herzegovina, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation.

Turkey on the road to change

Turkey on the road to change

With internal crises mounting, Turkey’s ruling party appears to have no choice but to negotiate with its opponents or risk eventual defeat.

Integration or isolation? Northern Kosovo in 2014 electoral limbo

Integration or isolation? Northern Kosovo in 2014 electoral limbo

With elections in Serbia slated for 16 March, for the EU parliament in May and Kosovo in autumn, northern Kosovo will be left in a dangerous limbo, without clarity about which laws apply and with the danger that the progress made in normalising relations could be reversed.

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

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

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

The sixth GCCT newsletter

The sixth GCCT newsletter

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

Failure in Bosnia

Failure in Bosnia

Bosnia’s future as a single, unified state has never been promising, but without effective leadership the future will be bleak indeed. The recent riots need to be seen as a “wake up” call — not for political recrimination and scapegoating, but for intelligence, creative solutions, and cooperation. 

Peace and Conflict Resolution from the Democratic Republic of Congo

Peace and Conflict Resolution from the Democratic Republic of Congo

TransConflict is pleased to showcase the work of Peace and Conflict Resolution from the Democratic Republic of Congo, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation.

International Peace and Development Training Center (IPDTC) training courses

International Peace and Development Training Center (IPDTC) training courses

TransConflict is pleased to present information about new training courses offered by the International Peace and Development Training Center (IPDTC), which was established by the Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR), a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation. 

New modules from Global Operational Peace Support

New modules from Global Operational Peace Support

TransConflict is pleased to present information about new modules from Global Operational Peace Support (Global OPS), launched by the Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR), a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation. 

Why young peacebuilders must be included in the post-2015 agenda

Why young peacebuilders must be included in the post-2015 agenda

The promotion of a culture of peace includes peace education and recognising and addressing structures of violence such as gender discrimination, ethnic marginalisation and poverty. Above most, a culture of peace needs to involve all actors in society but crucially young people who often remain outside of the normative security […]

The fight for citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The fight for citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The protests and plenums in Bosnia and Herzegovina are a legitimate response by citizens to the unwieldy apparatus of government that has deprived them of their inalienable right to freedom and prosperity.

Managing conflict as America declines

Managing conflict as America declines

Those seeking to better manage America’s important but diminished role in the world need to consider a number of questions concerning, for instance, its own interests, capacities and vulnerabilities; trends in conflict and co-operation; and international commitments, the missions required to uphold them, and the mix of military and intelligence capabilities […]

Kosovo – Ahtisaari plus doesn’t solve everything

Kosovo – Ahtisaari plus doesn’t solve everything

To preserve the chances of a peaceful transition in north Kosovo, everyone will have to accept compromise and avoid seeking to take advantage of what would be a fragile and delicate balance of interests.

Protesting in Bosnia and Herzegovina –  voiceless citizens and the breakdown of representation

Protesting in Bosnia and Herzegovina – voiceless citizens and the breakdown of representation

The reasonable and legitimate concerns of the population are today passing through two different bottleneck – the arguably negative reaction of political parties and the dramatic absence of political actors able and willing to structure this discontent.

Moving Bosnia from protests to reform

Moving Bosnia from protests to reform

In order to move from protests to reform civil society leaders must recognize some harsh realities and attempt to make real adjustment to see these protests forward.  However, if the politicians are going to shift their mindset from ethno-nationalism to the economy, the voters must do so as well. Continuing […]

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

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

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

How to make a new start in Bosnia and Herzegovina

How to make a new start in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The European Union and Jasmin Mujanović share a key misconception: that out there, somewhere, there are huge numbers of progressive Bosnian voters ready to spring forth and transform the country.