Berghof Transitions

Die Reihe „Berghof Transitions“ beinhaltet Fallstudien, die ursprünglich im Rahmen des Berghof-Forschungsprojekts „Widerstands-/Befreiungsbewegungen im Wandel“ entstanden sind. Seither haben wir diesen Raum bewahrt, um „Insider-Experten“ von Widerstands- und Freiheitsbewegungen eine Möglichkeit zu geben, sich in unsere Forschung- und Qualifizierungsaktivitäten einzubringen. Dadurch können sie ihre eigene Vergangenheit oder ihre Erfahrungen der aktuellen Konflikttransformation reflektieren. Die geäußerten Ansichten sind die der Autoren und Mitwirkenden und stellen nicht notwendigerweise die Meinungen der Berghof Foundation dar.

Handbook

Handbook

Das Berghof Handbook for Conflict Transformation ist eine webbasierte Publikationsplattform, die regelmäßig erweitert und aktualisiert wird. Sie bietet Forscherinnen und Praktikern Raum, neue Ideen zu diskutieren und Erfahrungen auszustauchen. mehr >

Policy Briefs

Policy Briefs

Die Berghof Policy Briefs kommentieren konfliktbezogene politische Themen und Ereignisse. Ihr Schwerpunkt liegt auf politischen Empfehlungen für Entscheidungsträger der Politik, Meinungsführerinnen und einflussreiche Akteure der Zivilgesellschaft. mehr >

Educational & Multimedia

Educational & Multimedia

Die Berghof Educational und Multimedia Reihe bietet Lehr- und Trainingshandbücher sowie andere Lernmaterialen für die Arbeit mit Multiplikatoren (Lehrkräfte, Teilnehmende der Workshops und Seminare) und deren Qualifizierung in unseren praktischen Arbeitsfeldern. mehr >

Papers

Papers

Bei den Berghof Papers handelt es sich um ausgewählte, vertiefende Beiträge zu unseren Arbeitsfeldern, die von unseren Mitarbeitern, eingeladenen Assoziierten, Partnern und Gastwissenschaftlern verfasst werden. mehr >

Glossar

Glossar

Das Berghof Glossar für Konflikttransformation aus dem Jahr 2012 bietet Definitionen und Debatten zu 20 Kernthemen unserer Arbeit. mehr >

Jahresberichte

Jahresberichte

Die Jahresberichte bieten einen Rückblick auf die Höhepunkte eines Jahres und liefern Hintergrundinformationen zur Arbeit und Struktur der Berghof Foundation. mehr >

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The Youth Space of Dialogue and Mediation in Myanmar

Case Study Report

This paper is part of a broader exploratory study on the youth space of dialogue and mediation. Young people’s efforts in transforming conflict across the globe are abundant and are to some extent documented. In conflict research, however, there is a lack of reflection on the particularities of the youth approach and contribution to dialogue and mediation processes. In an attempt to offer some preliminary reflection, this paper explores the youth space of dialogue and mediation — its characteristics, dynamics, dimensions, challenges and potential — in the context of Myanmar. The overall study’s conceptual framework embodies a broad understanding of dialogue and mediation, in contrast with the otherwise narrow understanding of ‘official’, high level dialogue and mediation employed by diplomats and international mediators as ‘tools’ for ‘resolving’ conflict. The study analyses socially embedded processes of everyday conflict transformation and peacebuilding efforts by young people from the whole of society, and highlights those efforts that are dialogic and mediative — in terms of approaches and/or in creating the preconditions for further structured dialogue and mediation processes.

Curbing Violence. Development, Application, and the Sustaining of National Capacities for Conflict...

A contribution to UNITED NATIONS WORLD BANK FLAGSHIP STUDY

Contributing to the new World Bank’s Flagship Study "Pathways for Peace. Inclusive Approaches fo Preventing Violent Conflict", this research study sheds light on and draws lessons from cases wherein specific national and related sub-national capacities for the prevention of violent political and social conflict were developed and applied by key domestic actors in internally-led processes of conflict prevention. In doing so, the research has focused on countries where complementary external support was provided through NGOs or by governments primarily under the development assistance umbrella. Hence, insights and recommendations from this research may also feed back into the Joint UNDP-DPA Programme on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention. The Flagship study "Pathways for Peace. Inclusive Approaches fo Preventing Violent Conflict" is available here>

From Power Mediation to Dialogue Support? Assessing the European Union's Capabilities for...

Research Report

This paper presents results from the European Union Horizon 2020-funded project “Whole-of-Society Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding”(WOSCAP). It is one of three cross-country comparative assessments of EU capabilities for conflict prevention and peacebuilding with regards to various thematic ‘clusters’ of external intervention. The other two comparative studies deal with EU support for security sector reform and decentralisation reform. The empirical contents are primarily based on field research carried out by local partner organisations in Mali, Yemen, Georgia and Ukraine. For more information on the WOSCAP project, see the website http://www.woscap.eu/.

Basics of Dialogue Facilitation

Educational & Multimedia

This small booklet aims at providing some guidance, inspiration and practical tools for those who are engaged in the planning and facilitation of dialogue processes or who are advocating for dialogue as a means for solving conflict. Initially, the publication started out as a handout, sharing insights into setting up and conducting constructive dialogues around contentious issues specifically in contexts of violence-prone conflict. Norbert Ropers, together with numerous insider mediators and external experts, drew it together based on joint decades of experience in accompanying and facilitating such constructive conversations and negotiations. Its audience were first and foremost local practitioners. The "handout" subsequently met with great interest and has been translated into Arabic and in parts into Spanish and Thai. Among the wealth of works on dialogue facilitation and methodology, its simplicity and its focus on working in settings of political and sometimes violence-prone conflict settings have set it apart.

ETA’s disarmament in the context of international DDR guidelines. Lessons learnt from an innovative...

Transitions Series No. 12

This report presents a unique perspective on a unique experience that can inspire local and international peacebuilding practitioners in many parts of the world where armed conflicts are still raging or where peace processes are grappling with the intricacies of disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) processes.The Permanent Social Forum has been one of the agents driving the disarmament process of ETA that culminated in the Disarmament Day on 8 April 2017 in Bayonne.

Transitional Security Arrangements: A Comparative Perspective

Security Dialogue Project - Background Paper

What can Cyprus learn from comparable cases? How have other settlements addressed security challenges, including the need for external guarantees and protection of human security? This paper draws on a range of settlements, but pays particular attention to other conflicts that include a de facto state or have been characterised by significant kin-state/patron-state involvement. Like the Cyprus conflict, these are at the extreme end of the spectrum of territorial solutions, which calls for creative solutions that fudge the issue of sovereignty. The paper finds a lack of examples of robust security guarantees being provided by a patron state, but there are examples of softer guarantees. The paper also considers other forms of guarantees that can supplement, or in some cases replace, external security guarantees. This includes the use of phases, built-in targets and conditions. The paper concludes by considering security within the state’s constituent units, in particular protections for local minorities.

Multi-Communal Security Force for United Cyprus

Security Dialogue Project - Background Paper

The purpose of this article is to present the concept of the ‘Multi-Communal Security Force’ (MCSF) and key considerations for future policy design on the issue in Cyprus. It is developed out of (1) a comparative analysis with other post-conflict societies – South Africa and Lebanon – who successfully shared military power by integrating former antagonist groups. It also builds on the author's reflections from previous (2) empirical research on militarism, masculinity and nationalism in Cyprus, (3) policy work for the Cyprus Ministry of Defense, and (4) for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, as well as from (5) evaluation and assessment of the defence institutions of Cyprus with Transparency International.

Gender and Inclusive Security: A new approach to the Cyprus Problem within the framework on Security...

Security Dialogue Project - Background Paper

In the 57 years since the inception of the Republic of Cyprus, only three Greek Cypriot women have so far had any kind of involvement and impact in the peace process, with the situation being worse as far as the Turkish Cypriot community is concerned, where the corresponding number is a feeble one. Putting aside the obvious moral argument, this paper emphasizes a utilitarian approach to the necessity of applying a gender lens onto peace and security in the case of Cyprus. It proposes that a new dialectic should infuse the ongoing security dialogue between the two communities, the guarantor states and the international mediation team – that of inclusive security. That approach, it is argued, could not only leed to better outcomes, but also improve the long-term sustainability and political effectiveness of such outcomes.

Multicultural and Secure Urban Areas: The Importance of Global and Local Connectedness

Security Dialogue Project - Background Paper

Nicosia was once a flourishing meeting point of cultures, ideas, art, and culture. It was home to many and the light of the Island. Yet urban diversity and the continued socio-cultural expansion have ignited pivotal questions regarding how best to manage diversity and plan urban growth, while developing community projects and government policies that ensure sustainable, harmonious, inclusive, and secure shared urban public spaces. This is particularly true for the Cyprus case, with Nicosia. Experts from social science, psychology, urban sociology, urban planning, architecture and a range of disparate fields have insights into the subjects of social cohesion / connectivity and the design of public spaces. These are informed by research. Users of such spaces also have insights. Innovative approaches when designing urban public spaces and managing diversity are necessary to foster social harmony within these re-created and shared spaces.

Federal Cyprus in the Context of Regional Security

Security Dialogue Project - Background Paper

The present paper seeks to examine the security aspect of a post-settlement Federal Cyprus. Among other things, the paper assesses the current external security environment of Cyprus in order to identify and prioritize certain security challenges, and analyses four security areas that may pose threats or challenges to the external relations or domestic stability of post-settlement Cyprus. It is argued that a secure and politically stable Federal Cyprus will first and foremost need a reliable political system with functioning decision-making mechanisms in order to pursue a coherent and effective foreign and security policy without crisis-producing deadlocks; the very political system will be its best “guarantor”. Lastly, targeted actions, a number of which are proposed, should be undertaken as soon as possible for the development of a federal security culture – i.e. convergence of communal interests and preferences – which will allow for joint strategic formulation and the development of a common sense of direction in the various policy areas of the federal state.