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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.

The seventh GCCT newsletter

The seventh GCCT newsletter

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

Cooperation for Peace and Unity (CPAU) from Afghanistan

Cooperation for Peace and Unity (CPAU) from Afghanistan

TransConflict is pleased to showcase the work of Cooperation for Peace and Unity (CPAU) from Afghanistan, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation.

Civilian casualties – what counts?

Civilian casualties – what counts?

Norah Niland, former head of the UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan’s Human Right’s Unit, explores a new report and recommendations from the Oxford Research Group on the potential role of the UN in the future recording of civilian casualties.

Afghanistan – achieving the MDGs through peacebuilding

Afghanistan – achieving the MDGs through peacebuilding

TransConflict is pleased to announce the launch a new project by the Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR), in partnership with Cooperation for Peace and Unity Afghanistan (CPAU), both members 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).

The two Koreas – evidence for how the Cold War continues

The two Koreas – evidence for how the Cold War continues

It is possible to identify key elements that characterize the conflict between North and South Korea as a one based upon the image of the Cold War.

Israel’s future as an anachronism

Israel’s future as an anachronism

Israel is a nineteenth century European project completed neither in the nineteenth century nor in Europe.