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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Bases de la Facilitación del Diálogo

Educational & Multimedia

Diálogo – el intercambio significativo y significante de percepciones y opiniones – es uno de los métodos más frecuentes a los que las personas recurren cuando se trata de cuestiones conflictivas. Enfoques como mediación y negociación, a menudo utilizados para resolver dife-rencias a nivel político y social, incorporan elementos de diálogo, más si se está tratando con un diálogo de alto nivel, como el que se sostuvo en el Yemen o en Sudán en los últimos años por medio de reuniones regionales o encuentros comunales. En estos escenarios de conflicto es cru-cial que se proceda convocando y celebrando reuniones de diálogo cuidadosamente – especial-mente en aquellos con el potencial de tornarse violentos. A pesar de un sinnúmero de manuales y reflexiones sobre el buen diálogo, la pregunta de cómo prepararse y establecer un diálogo exitoso sigue siendo apremiante e intrigante para los y las practicantes y académicos/as por igual.

The Roles of Women in Counter-Radicalisation and Disengagement (CRaD) Processes. Best Practices and...

This input paper was provided in the framework of a workshop on the roles of women in counter-radicalisation and disengagement (CRaD) processes organized by the Berghof Foundation in Beirut in August 2017. The author looked into best practices and lessons learned from Europe and the Arab World. She also analysed the dynamics of the workshop and introduced among others the recommendations put forward by the participants.

Emotional Dynamics in Conflict and Conflict Transformation

Handbook Article

This article explores how emotions significantly arise in and through situational interactions, which either contribute to or weaken parties’ agency. Four forms of interaction are suggested that shape emotional dynamics in conflict and conflict transformation: 1) cooperative interaction, which leads to positive EE such as confidence and trust that promote action,2) dominating interaction, in which the dominating party gains more positive EE than the dominated party,3) conflictual interaction, which generates negative EE that drives conflictual action, and4) disengaged interaction, which causes loss of focus, boredom, indifference and fatigue.Examples of conflict escalation in the Arab Uprisings and peacebuilding endeavours in Uganda illustrate the value of comprehending the micro-dynamics of how actors in conflicts and conflict transformation are energised (or de-energised). This situational approach also suggests various practical measures seeking to address often-unnoticed levels of agency formation in strategic and tangible measures.

National Dialogue in Libya: The National Dialogue Preparatory Commission

National Dialogue Handbook. Case Studies

This paper examines the unsuccessful efforts to instigate a National Dialogue in Libya over 2011-14. It uses the Libyan case to hypothesise that for National Dialogues to be successful, the context and conditions under which they are inaugurated must be favourable, and seeks to identify what conditions in Libya combined to cause its early efforts to falter. The paper first analyses what conditions existed in Libya 2011-14 and why they led to the view that a National Dialogue was necessary. It then addresses the conditions under which the National Dialogue was established, and also analyses the various alternatives to National Dialogue mooted during this time. In its conclusion, the paper attempts to extract what lessons or principles can be drawn from the Libyan case that are of relevance to future National Dialogue design processes, and to the case literature on this mechanism.

Conflict Assessment Report. Hirshabelle State, Somalia

This report discusses the pertinent concerns and perceptions of Somalis about conflict and reconciliation issues in the areas in which they live in Hirshabelle State. The report focuses on perceptions related to the general security situation of the districts, various types of conflicts that exist in the districts, critical factors that drive conflicts, key stakeholders of the conflicts, current initiatives for managing the conflicts, challenges faced by the mediators, and the needs and prerequisites for reconciliation and mediation. The report highlights similarities and differences between the districts of the state, though it should be noted that the similarities exceed the differences. The findings of the assessment are rich and complex. Four significant highlights will be presented in more detail.

Warbixin lagu qiimeynaayo Colaadaha Gobolka. Hirshabeelle, Soomaaliya

Warbixintaan waxay ka hadleysaa arimaha Soomaalida khuseeya iyo waxaaay ka aaminsanyihiin colaadda iyo dib u heshiisiinta, gaar ahaan kuwa degagobolka Hirshabelle. Warbixinta waxay diiradda saareysaa aragtida ku saabsanamniga guud ee degmooyinka, colaad aha noocyadooda kala duwan ee kajira degmooyinka, arimo muhiim ah oo colaadda huriya, dadka ugu muhiimsanee colaadda qeybta ka ah, hindisayaasha hadda jira ee colaadda lagu maareyo, caqabadaha hortaagan dhex dhexaadiyasha, iyo baahida iyoshuruudaha ku x iran dib u heshiisiin iyo dhex dhexaadin.

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

Educational & Multimedia

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”.

Strengthening Resilience - Building Peace from within (engl.)

Educational & Multimedia

This manual is published as part of the project „Nonviolent Education in Jordan“. It gives an insight into the contents and methods of qualification courses which the Berghof Foundation implemented with Jordanian and Syrian (cash for work) staff members of international organisations in the refugee camps Azraq and Zaatari in 2017. The main focus of the publication is on mental and physical well-being and strengthening resilience. It contains advices for facilitators and descriptions of exercises for further use.

Strengthening Resilience - Building Peace from within (arabic)

Educational & Multimedia

This manual is published as part of the project „Nonviolent Education in Jordan“. It gives an insight into the contents and methods of qualification courses which the Berghof Foundation implemented with Jordanian and Syrian (cash for work) staff members of international organisations in the refugee camps Azraq and Zaatari in 2017. The main focus of the publication is on mental and physical well-being and strengthening resilience. It contains advices for facilitators and descriptions of exercises for further use.