Turks, Armenians and Azerbaijanis: mirrors and memories

Isolated from one another, Armenians, Azerbaijanis and Turks remember separate histories which reinforce antagonistic conflict narratives. Laurence Broers argues that initiatives, such as the release of new film Memories Without Borders, are needed to challenge historical taboos and keep alive the possibility of reconciliation.

Philippines breaks out of the conflict trap

The Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have reached a Framework Agreement that puts an end to one of the most protracted armed conflicts in the world. Kristian Herbolzheimer and Emma Leslie praise a peace process characterised by perseverance, innovation and creativity, but warn that implementation of the Agreement is a complex and fragile process.

Persevering for peace: Philippines leads, world watches

Oct 2012
This article first appeared on the Philippine Daily Inquirer. The authors Kristian Herbolzheimer and Emma Leslie work on the Philippines programme at Conciliation Resources, one of the international non-government organisations in the International Contact Group for the Mindanao peace process.

World Development Report 2011

Apr 2011
The World Development Report 2011 summarises the key events over the preceding year and examines how the common transformation from interstate war to the pattern of repeated violence can be challenged.

Armenia and Azerbaijan: what can societies do when political judgement errs?

Sep 2012
Following his conviction for a brutal murder in 2004, Ramil Safarov's presidential pardon is a new low-point for those working towards a peaceful resolution of Armenia and Azerbaijan's conflict over Nagorny Karabakh. Laurence Broers analyses the impact of this case and looks at how projects like Dialogue Through Film must try and rebuild the trust that has unraveled.

Côte d’Ivoire: ‘We can have an impact if we work small’

Reflecting on points raised by local people during her recent visit to West Africa, Janet Adama Mohammed explores some of the key topics of concern to Ivorians. What are the issues that risk renewed conflict and how can community-level dialogue help build understanding between neighbours?

Colombia: New hope, old challenges

It’s 10 years since the last negotiations between the Government of Colombia and FARC. Following the recent announcement of upcoming talks between the two, Kristian Herbolzheimer reflects on this lost decade and some of the challenges that must be confronted now in order for all Colombians to have a stake in future peace.

Undermining the LRA: Role of Uganda's Amnesty Act

Societies faced with intractable conflict have to seek ways of breaking out of cycles of violence. For as long as war has existed, amnesties have been used for encouraging armed groups to abandon their fight. Barney Afako examines amnesty in relation to the Lord’s Resistance Army conflict. Where to now that the Amnesty Act has lapsed?

Building structures for peace

Where in the world does an armed revolutionary group and the standing government of the day join together to develop the leadership and management capacity of the armed group for its own future? In Mindanao, in the Republic of the Philippines, through the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute.