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
“At best you can run a lil’ company … at worst, I could run the whole country” By Geoff Moore This week in Tunisia, public hearings began as part of that country’s Truth and Dignity Commission (TDC). This Commission, an … Continue reading Truth, Post-Truth, and Nothing but the Truth
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
by Larissa Schober On 2 June this year, the German parliament voted for a resolution that declared the mass killings of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as a genocide. Without hesitation, the Turkish response was to withdraw its ambassador from Germany. … Continue reading Why’s genocide so political?
By Geoff Moore [This is the second part of a two part analysis of what is happening in contemporary Iraqi politics.] Parliamentary Update The first half of April has already been a tumultuous period in Iraqi politics. The April 10th deadline … Continue reading Something’s Rotten in the State of Iraq (Part 2)
By Jacob Lindelöw Berntson Over the last few years, Mozambique has once again seen fighting between the two groups that were the main actors in the Mozambican Civil War 1977-1992. This war left more than one million people dead and … Continue reading Mozambique: Struggling to Move On?
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
By Katerina Karakatsanis Why does Harakas, a Greek theologian, describe the Ottoman invasion as “etched in my psyche” when he was born hundreds of years after this event? Why does James McClean, a Derry footballer for West Brom, refuse to … Continue reading But the conflict is over?
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’