All Blog Posts Tagged 'violence' (270)

Countering political violence: Tackle the root causes

By James M. Dorsey

European officials, describing recruitment efforts by the Islamic State in Bosnia Herzegovina, mired in a toxic mix of economic malaise and ethnic tension, reportedly fear they may regret having failed to tackle the country’s structural problems in the two decades since the end of the Yugoslav wars.

The regret could apply to any number of failures to tackle root problems that have prompted lone wolves to strike fear in major European cities, at tourist…


Added by James M Dorsey on June 29, 2015 at 8:04am — No Comments

Oracle, Optimist, Ostrich, or Obfuscator? Part 1.

The postulates and prophesies of the impressively credentialed psychologist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, formerly at MIT and now at Harvard, appear to be everywhere. He is a darling of the New York Times and endless variations on his ex cathedra pronouncements concerning a purported global decline in violence echo across the media. Violence, he intones repeatedly, “has been…


Added by Kathleen Malley-Morrison on June 19, 2015 at 11:40am — 1 Comment

Thinking the Unthinkable: Coming to Grips with Islamic State

By James M. Dorsey

It’s almost a year since a US-led coalition launched air strikes and increased support of Iraqi and Kurdish military forces in a bid to degrade and destroy the self-styled Islamic State; yet the jihadist group that has conquered a swath of Syria and Iraq has demonstrated resilience despite suffering significant losses.

The limited impact of the airstrikes and Iraqi ground operations raises the spectre of a longer term existence of a disruptive entity in the…


Added by James M Dorsey on May 14, 2015 at 10:20am — No Comments

Political Violence: Retiring the Word Terrorism

By James M. Dorsey

Founders of many modern states, including stalwarts of anti-terrorism like Israel and allies in the war on terror like the Kurds, achieved goals with political violence that killed innocent people and would be classified today as terrorism. In fact, the history of political violence mitigates in favour of recognizing it as a reflection of deep-seated social, economic and political problems -- rather than demonising it through terms like terrorism or evil.



Added by James M Dorsey on April 27, 2015 at 2:03pm — 1 Comment

Transconflict Eleventh Edition Newsletter

Dear All,

TransConflict is pleased to present the eleventh edition of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation newsletter, available by visiting: We very…


Added by Ibrahim Bahati on March 23, 2015 at 4:15am — No Comments

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Added by TransConflict on February 20, 2015 at 9:29am — No Comments


An Interview with Jackson Doliscar, Part II

By Beverly Bell

Jackson Doliscar organizing earthquake-displaced people to claim their right to housing. His work almost cost him his life. Photo: Ed Kashi, American Jewish World…


Added by Other Worlds on January 28, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Afghanistan: Taliban in Transition?

From the U.S. Institute of Peace blog The Olive Branch. You can also read the post on the USIP web site here

By Colin Cookman

During the year of “transition” in Afghanistan in 2014, attention was focused on whether or not the government would survive. The greatest threat was not…


Added by Viola Gienger on January 14, 2015 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Nigeria Attacks Flare, Highlighting Fragility Before Elections

From the U.S. Institute of Peace blog The Olive Branch. You can also read the post on the USIP web site here

By Viola Gienger

A recent flare of attacks in northern Nigeria by the militant group Boko Haram…


Added by Viola Gienger on January 9, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

School shootings and lone wolf attacks: What’s the difference?

By James M. Dorsey

A recent school shooting in the US state of Washington and a lone wolf’s assault on the Canadian parliament in Ottawa are but two of the latest headline-grabbing incidents of home-grown violence. One had nothing to do with politics, the other is classified as a terrorist attack perpetrated by a jihadist Muslim.

Yet, both involved troubled young men groping with personal problems and demons. Their actions are in many mays ways cries of desperation in the…


Added by James M Dorsey on November 3, 2014 at 4:37am — No Comments

Egyptian campuses and soccer emerge as flashpoint in resistance to President Al Sisi

By James M. Dorsey

Soccer fans exploiting stadia as contested public space emerged more than three years ago as a key force in anti-government protests that toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and opposition to subsequent military rule. With stadia closed to spectators for much of the period since then, protesting students backed by militant football fans have turned university campuses into the new stadia with hundreds detained and scores killed. Theirs is a battle for public…


Added by James M Dorsey on October 28, 2014 at 3:19am — No Comments

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: What Did It Achieve?

From the U.S. Institute of Peace blog The Olive Branch. You can also read the post on the USIP web site here.

By Delphine Djiraibe, Jok Madut Jok, Arif Elsaui Omer, Franklin Oduro, Daud Osman…


Added by Viola Gienger on October 10, 2014 at 7:42pm — No Comments

Stepping away from the Poisoned Buffet

Do we have the courage to stop being consumers of violence? 

We are consumers of violence. We have so over-consumed violence that we hardly recognize what we are consuming anymore. It is time to step away from the poisoned buffet.

Our culture offers us as…


Added by Dr. Samuel Mahaffy on October 3, 2014 at 11:17am — No Comments

Community Policing and Violent Extremism: Sharing Security Responsibility

From the U.S. Institute of Peace blog The Olive Branch. You can also read the post on the USIP web site here.

By Shannon Zimmerman and Megan…

Added by Viola Gienger on September 24, 2014 at 2:46pm — No Comments


By Daniel Ozoukou Political Analyst

The ivoirian head of parliament, is a former rebel who has been accused of gross violation of human rights, crimes against humanity, economic crimes.

In reaction to these allegations the UN and Human rights NGOs have investigated Mr Soro Guillaume role and implications in the massacre of civilians and the hold up of the west african central Bank in Man and Bouake…


Added by Daniel ozoukou on September 22, 2014 at 9:37am — No Comments

The ninth GCCT newsletter

Dear All,

TransConflict is pleased to…

Added by TransConflict on September 18, 2014 at 7:48am — No Comments

Latest Extremist Group in Iraq, Syria Must Be Challenged at Core, USIP’s Omar Says

From the U.S. Institute of Peace blog The Olive Branch. You can also read the post on the USIP web site here.

By Manal Omar…


Added by Viola Gienger on September 17, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Call for International Participants to Attend The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Conference – Oslo, Norway, 27-29 October 2014

Iraqi and international members of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative and the Iraqi Social Forum have been working over the last several months to organize an international conference concerning civil society in Iraq. Following an invitation by the Norway Social Forum to take part in their…


Added by johanna l. rivera on September 11, 2014 at 3:35pm — No Comments

TransConflict - August 2014 Review

Dear All,

TransConflict is pleased to present a selection of articles published during August, plus updates from the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation, available by visiting:…


Added by TransConflict on September 1, 2014 at 3:55pm — No Comments

When Trying to Get Help Hurts: Women Seeking Justice in Afghanistan

From the U.S. Institute of Peace blog The Olive Branch. You can also read the post on the USIP web site here.

By Bethany…

Added by Viola Gienger on August 28, 2014 at 2:59pm — No Comments

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