The Broken Land of Orange and Green: Once Again Causing Headaches for Westminster

By Katerina Karakatsanis  On the 2nd of March, Northern Ireland will hold new elections. Although Northern Ireland went to the polls as recently as eight months ago, these early elections are the result of the breakdown of the power-sharing government. … Continue reading The Broken Land of Orange and Green: Once Again Causing Headaches for Westminster

The martyrs of Lebanon: war memorials as sites of contestation and reconciliation

By Jacob Lindelöw Berntson How come certain commemorations take place in particular sites? How come British politicians leave wreaths at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday? Why do the French pay tribute to the ‘Unknown Soldier’ at the foot … Continue reading The martyrs of Lebanon: war memorials as sites of contestation and reconciliation

Tunisia: Top-Down Consolidation, Top-Down Fracture

By Geoff Moore Many have congratulated Tunisia lately, deservedly so. The ‘quartet’ of civil society groups which recently won the Nobel Peace Prize has worked to move Tunisia through its transitional period following the Arab Spring and the removal of … Continue reading Tunisia: Top-Down Consolidation, Top-Down Fracture

Forgiving and forgetting fratricide – reconciliation in Algeria after the ‘Black Decade’

A few weeks ago, Algeria celebrated the ten year anniversary of the referendum on the Charter for Peace and National Reconciliation. The Charter was a plan towards reconciliation, after a decade of horrific civil war, put forward by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in August 2005 and approved by more than 90 % of the population in a referendum. Despite this, the country remains fragmented. Therefore, one should perhaps not speak about a celebration of the anniversary of the referendum, but rather investigate what this measure has actually achieved. Continue reading Forgiving and forgetting fratricide – reconciliation in Algeria after the ‘Black Decade’