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 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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Berghof Foundation Annual Report 2018

The annual report will present you with an insight into the broad spectrum of our work in 2018. With our portfolio of projects, we contribute to the aim of ending violent conflict, to sustaining peace in the aftermath of violence, and to preventing violence from breaking out in the first place. To do so, we are active at all stages and at all levels of conflicts and create spaces to peacefully transform them. You will read about some of our highlights and major achievements in 2018, from Germany and North Macedonia, to Lebanon and Yemen, from Somalia and South Sudan, to Colombia and the Philippines.

Local Governance in Yemen. Theory, Practice, and Future Options

Over the course of several years, the Berghof Foundation and the Political Development Forum (PDF) have focused on strengthening inclusive local governance in Yemen. This work focuses both at the local level in Hadhramawt and Dhamar and at the national level, to improve inclusivity, relaunch the local political process, and engage a broad range of stakeholders in discussions about the current challenges and potential future shape of local governance arrangements in Yemen.

Community Perspectives on Preventing Violent Extremism Lessons learned from the Western Balkans

Research Report

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Berghof Glossary on Conflict Transformation. 20 Notions for Theory and Practice

Glossary, 2019 edition

The 2019 edition of the Berghof Glossary revisits the main principles and approaches that we use in our work to supports people and conflict parties around the world. For a second time, our team has embarked on a joint exploration in order to chart a shared understanding of what it takes to create “space(s) for conflict transformation”.

Strategic thinking and conflict transformation. A reflection on and from the Basque Country

The disarmament and dissolution of the Basque separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, better known under its acronym ETA, is a unique example of a creative and unilateral transition to end armed conflict. After the collapse of the negotiation process between the Spanish government and ETA in 2006, an internal debate within the Basque pro-independence movement led to a change of strategy. The new direction eventually resulted in the disarmament and dissolution of ETA in May 2018. How did it come about and what lessons can be drawn from this case for other conflicts? This report looks at these questions in detail, based on in-depth interviews with actors who took part in this democratic transition process as well as on the direct involvement and experiences of the author himself. Urko Aiartza previously coauthored another Transition Series report on the Basque peace process, covering the 1958-2007 period and the various attempts at negotiation between ETA and the Spanish Government (Aiartza and Zabalo 2009). This report updates it, while concentrating more specifically on internal strategic decision-making, and highlighting the innovative aspects of the current peace process. Following an introductory section describing the need for creative, strategic thinking to resolve so-called intractable conflicts, Section 2 briefly references the collapse of the 2006/07 negotiation process between ETA and the Spanish Government, as this period is analysed more deeply in the aforementioned work. Section 3 focuses on the internal debate and the paradigm shift promoted by the Abertzale Left and its consequences. It describes the idea of unilaterality and its potential capacity to transform interparty dynamics. Section 4 focuses on the consequences of the previous strategic shift, mainly the end of the armed campaign and the opening of a possible scenario for talks. Section 5 analyses the stalemate that the transformation entered after the arrival in Government of the conservative Popular Party. It also analyses the ability of the Abertzale Left to try to overcome this stalemate through the opportunities opened by the new paradigm, and reviews the role of civil society in this new scenario. Section 6 focuses on ETA’s decision to end the armed campaign and the latest developments, as logical final steps of the paradigm shift. Finally, in Section 7 the author highlights some relevant lessons that can be learnt from this unique process.

Peace Prevails ...(Pashtu version)

transitions series 13 in Pashtu

Peace Prevails ... (Dari version)

transitions series 13 in Dari

Peace Prevails: A Review of the Process to Peace and Reconciliation between the Afghan Government...

Transitions Series No. 13

This study analyses the peace and reconciliation efforts of the Afghan government and the armed opposition group, Hezb-e Islami. It identifies enabling factors and limitations of the peace process, the resulting agreement and its implementation, as well as lessons learnt that can be used in future peace negotiations in Afghanistan. Hezb-e Islami was founded to establish Islamic governance in Afghanistan during the 1970s. It has been one of the main resistance groups throughout the various phases of armed conflict – fighting invading Soviet forces and the Soviet-backed regime throughout the 1980s and the civil war in the 1990s, battling the Taliban for territorial control and then, after the Taliban was ousted in 2001, combatting the Afghan government and its international backers.

Berghof Çatışma Dönüşümü Kavram Dizini.Teori ve uygulamaya yönelik 20 kavramlaştırma

Glossary

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Perspektivat e Komunitetit në Parandalimin e Ekstremizmit të Dhunshëm në Maqedoni

Country Case Study 1

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