February 2017 Review

February 2017 Review

TransConflict is pleased to present a selection of articles published during February. 

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1) Doing harm

David B. Kanin – Bakir Izetbegovic should make public any new evidence he has relating to his appeal of Serbia’s acquittal regarding the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide. In detail. Now. Read on…

2) Erdogan’s lust for power is destroying Turkey’s democracy

Dr. Alon Ben-Meir – This is the first in a series of articles based in part on eyewitness accounts about the rapidly deteriorating socio-political conditions in Turkey and what the future may hold for the country. Read on…

3) Erdogan – a classic case of how power corrupts

Dr. Alon Ben-Meir – This is the second in a series of articles based in part on eyewitness accounts about the rapidly deteriorating socio-political conditions in Turkey and what the future may hold for the country. The first article is available here. Read on…

4) The law of the South China seize

Rene Wadlow – Territorial sea disputes can be heated up or cooled off at will or when other political issues require attention. We are currently in a “heating up” stage, though a 2002 Phnom Penh Declaration of Conduct of Parties in South China Sea calls for trust, restraint, and settlement by juridical means. Today, world citizens call for calm and a policy of mediation and arbitration before current tensions lead to ever-greater divisions. Read on…

5) President Trump’s moral harm

Dr. Sam Ben-Meir – Although Trump has already succeeded in creating a degree of havoc all around the globe, what we need to begin to prepare for is the moment this president is truly tested. We cannot afford to let his administration play fast and loose with objective facts, to dismiss serious findings because they do not suit the president’s outsized ego. Read on…

6) There will be no Palestinian state under Netanyahu’s watch

Dr. Alon Ben-Meir – If Trump is serious about his desire to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for Israel’s own sake, he must demand that Netanyahu commit himself to create a Palestinian state not by simply stating so, but by taking concrete steps to form a new government composed of the left, center, and his own party, hold a new election, or resign. Read on…

7) Accelerating sustainable development toward 2030

Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir – Remaining true to the principles of participation and public-private partnerships, decentralized arrangements and federations for the management of development will emerge and institutionalize a constant bottom-up energy. Increasingly flourishing on its own successes, the model accelerates toward 2030 and to levels of sustainable development for humanity and the planet, shining perhaps as never before. Read on…

8) Trump and Netanyahu – embracing illusions, ignoring reality?

Dr. Alon Ben-Meir – What Netanyahu and Trump have demonstrated during their press conference was that both seem to revel in illusions where they find a zone of real comfort, while leaving Israelis and Palestinians to an uncertain and ominous future. Read on…

9) Francis Picabia – a painter for this moment

Dr. Sam Ben-Meir – We might do well to remind ourselves that it is not enough to merely “change direction”, that genuine emancipation today will come not from merely embracing change as an end in itself. Especially at this crucial social-political juncture, we need to give more attention to our direction and to the kind of change we want. Read on…

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