Transitions Series

The Berghof Transitions Series includes case studies initially produced within the framework of the Berghof research project Resistance/Liberation Movements and Transitions to Politics: Building a Network of Experience. Since then, we have maintained this space in order to provide an opportunity for “insider experts” from resistance/liberation movements that take part in our research and capacity-building activities to reflect critically on their past or ongoing conflict transformation experience. The views expressed are those of the authors and contributors, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Berghof Foundation.

Handbook

Handbook

The Berghof Handbook for Conflict Transformation is our flagship publication. Continuously updated, this renowned resource offers an online platform for both academics and practitioners to discuss new ideas and exchange experiences in the field of conflict transformation. It presents stand-alone articles as well as scholar-practitioner dialogues. more >

Policy Briefs

Policy Briefs

Berghof Policy Briefs present commentary on conflict-related political issues and events. The short online format focuses on policy recommendations for political decision-makers, opinion-formers and influential civil society actors. more >

Educational & Multimedia

Educational & Multimedia

Berghof Educational & Multimedia presents teaching and training manuals as well as learning materials for working with and qualifying multipliers in our fields (teachers, workshop participants, etc.). We also produce, in cooperation with external experts, multimedia materials (videos, podcasts, DVDs, cartoons, posters, e-learning courses, etc.). more >

Papers

Papers

Berghof Papers cover policy, research and practice reports and contain selected in-depth contributions to the fields we work on. They are written by Berghof staff and invited affiliates, partners and guest researchers. more >

Annual Reports

Annual Reports

Our annual reports feature highlights and provide background information on the Berghof Foundation’s work and structure more >

Glossary

Glossary

The 2012 Berghof Glossary on Conflict Transformation defines and discusses 20 core terms related to conflict transformation, which shape the work of the Berghof Foundation. more >

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"Changing the past in our heads." A facilitator's guide to listening workshops

The history of this manual goes back to November 2012, when the Berghof Foundation’s Caucasus Programme gathered young people from Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia to learn how to record biographical interviews and discuss questions of history, memory and conflict. This was the starting point of a process involving Georgian, Abkhaz and South Ossetian stakeholders of war-memorialization: the “Berghof History Dialogue Process”.

Alternative Approaches to Transforming Violent Extremism. The Case of Islamic Peace and...

Berghof Handbook Dialogue Series No. 13 - lead

This article critically examines the emerging CVE/PVE field and explores an alternative approach to address two core questions: how do various CVE/PVE approaches relate to current issues of violent extremism (VE) in Muslim communities, and what are the areas of intersection between interreligious peacebuilding and the various CVE/PVE approaches? In exploring the responses to these two dimensions, it is essential to analyse the assumptions and functions that CVE/PVE fulfil in the current crisis that faces many Muslim and non-Muslim governments around the world, especially in Europe and North America. Since “countering Islamic” terrorism and VE (based on the misperception and assumption that Muslims are disproportionately responsible for acts of violence) constitute the core of CVE/PVE approaches, it is necessary to explore whether this is the most effective method in confronting “Islamic threats”.

The Institutionalization of Mediation Support. Are Mediation Support Entities there yet?

This article’s objective is to give an overview and analysis of the emerging field of mediation support by looking at different portfolios of MSEs. It examines the actual significance and operationalization of MSEs in peace processes, and accordingly, its sufficiency for mediators. It also takes a closer look at MSEs’ self- perception. The article draws from qualitative interviews with mediation support staff between 2016 and 2017.

Schools without Violence! A Summer Camp on Peer Mediation in Jordan (engl.)

Educational & Multimedia

This documentation is published as part of the project „Nonviolent Education in Jordan“. It gives an insight into the topics and participatory activities of two summer camps with 8th grade students from Amman, with the main focus on “Peer Mediation in Schools”. The publication contains advices for facilitators and worksheets for further use.

Schools without Violence! A Summer Camp on Peer Mediation in Jordan (arabic)

Educational & Multimedia

This documentation is published as part of the project „Nonviolent Education in Jordan“. It gives an insight into the topics and participatory activities of two summer camps with 8th grade students from Amman, with the main focus on “Peer Mediation in Schools”. The publication contains advices for facilitators and worksheets for further use.

The Peace Island Game (engl.)

Educational & Multimedia

This documentation is published as part of the project “Peace Education in Iran”. It gives an insight into the topics and participatory activities implemented in a Summer School on “Youth Dialogue and Peacebuilding” with participants from eight countries, prepared with and conducted at Tehran Peace Museum. Heart of the course was an interactive game called “Peace Island”. The publication contains advices for trainers and worksheets for further use.

The Peace Island Game (farsi)

Educational & Multimedia

This documentation is published as part of the project “Peace Education in Iran”. It gives an insight into the topics and participatory activities implemented in a Summer School on “Youth Dialogue and Peacebuilding” with participants from eight countries, prepared with and conducted at Tehran Peace Museum. Heart of the course was an interactive game called “Peace Island”. The publication contains advices for trainers and worksheets for further use.

Caught between the Crocodile and the Snake. Contexts of the ‘Rohingya issue’

This article is an account on how the internationally-sustained discourse of ‘democratic transition’ is masking the complexity of the politics of identity and exclusion pertaining to the ‘Rohingyas’. The ‘Rohingya issue’ is enshrouded in an atmosphere of mistrust and antagonism that makes it very difficult for any external and insider peacebuilders to build bridges between conflicting interests and views. Against this background, this article claims not to provide a ‘neutral’ assessment of the matter at stake, but rather to identify some major factors contributing to the complex web of problems in which the affected people are caught. Taking a historical approach of presenting past events together with current debates and developments, this article provides insights into the interrelated historical threads leading to the present. A key argument is that the dynamics of this long-running conflict have been sharpened by almost everything happening in Myanmar today being seen in terms of how to build up a ‘genuine democracy’ after decades of military rule. The article also foregrounds the mutual fear of being marginalised or even extinguished both by Muslim and Buddhist communities in the conflict region.

SIPRI Yearbook 2017. Armaments, Disarmaments and Internatinal Security

Kurzfassung Deutsch

Das SIPRI Yearbook wird weltweit von Politikern, Diplomaten, Journalisten, Wissenschaftlern, Studierenden und Bürgern geschätzt. Als zuverlässige und unabhängige Quelle liefert es Daten und Analysen zu den Themen Rüstung, Abrüstung und internationale Sicherheit und einen Überblick über Entwicklungen in den Bereichen internationale Sicherheit, Waffentechnologien, Militärausgaben, Rüstungshandel und -produktion sowie bewaffnete Konflikte. Auch Bestrebungen zur Kontrolle konventioneller, nuklearer, chemischer und biologischer Waffen werden hier thematisiert. Diese Broschüre fasst die 48. Ausgabe des SIPRI Yearbook 2016 zusammen.

El diálogo en los núcleos veredales

Caja de herramientas metodológicas para facilitadores(as) de diálogo en el marco de los Programas de Desarrollo con Enfoque Territorial (pdet)

La Caja es un conjunto de herramientas que les permite a ustedes, como personas encargadas de organizar y facilitar los espacios de participación y diálogo en el marco de los desarrollos del pdet, dimensionar e implementar su tarea, tomando en cuenta una propuesta de ruta metodológica y sus principios orientadores.