THE BERLIN MOOT – A conference pioneering new approaches to peace: 17-18 April in Berlin

THE BERLIN MOOT: A peace conference on 17-18 April

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Security Sector Reform: Potentials and Challenges for Conflict TransformationHandbook Dialogue Series No. 2 - complete

Violent crises and internal wars are often consequences of the failure of states to provide stability and security for their citizens. International organisations and development agencies, in order to overcome cultures of violence and to support nation-building processes, have focused on security sector reform as an integral part of third-party intervention in recent years. This issue of the Berghof Handbook Dialogue Series examines the arguments for engagement with the security sector and provides an analysis of the dilemmas that arise, along with suggestions for how they might be overcome.

  • Year2004
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Experiences with Impact Assessment: Can We Know What Good We Do?Handbook Article

Considers how international agencies providing humanitarian assistance, development aid and/or support to peace processes can understand what their impacts are. The article builds on a collaborative learning project and identifies two major challenges: 1) selecting criteria or indicators for assessing progress; and 2) determining who or what particular outcomes can be attributed to. (revised for 2004 print edition)

  • Year2004
  • Author(s)Mary B. Anderson
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Dealing with the Consequences of Organised Violence in Trauma WorkHandbook Article

Discusses theories of trauma by drawing on practical experience in Latin America and the Balkans. It argues that trauma concepts need to be continually reinvented, relating them to the specific context. The author suggests that trauma work should be part of an integrated approach in crisis regions and should address psychological, pedagogical and economic dimensions. (revised for 2004 print edition)
  • Year2004
  • Author(s)David Becker
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Conflict Transformation: A Multi-Dimensional TaskHandbook Article

Identifies key theorists and modes of practice. The author attempts to distinguish these from the theories and practices of conflict resolution and conflict management, arguing that conflict transformation draws heavily on these earlier traditions. (revised for 2004 print edition)

  • Year2004
  • Author(s)Hugh Miall
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The Role of Development Aid in Conflict Transformation: Facilitating Empowerment Processes and Community BuildingHandbook Article

Highlights the role of development assistance for the structural aspects of peacebuilding. Exploring the nexus between participation, empowerment and conflict transformation, the authors critically discuss the potential of common participatory approaches at the community level and their impact for conflict transformation on the local level. (revised for 2004 print edition).

  • Year2004
  • Author(s)Christine Bigdon, Benedikt Korf
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Designing Transformation and Intervention ProcessesHandbook Article

Outlines concepts for designing and assessing intervention strategies, building on personal practice experience. The author addresses ten issues: vision, goals and commitment; analysis of conflicts and actors; strategies and roles; partners and entry points; timing and exit; processes and structures; staffing criteria; coordination and cooperation; sustainability; institutional learning. (revised for 2004 print edition)
  • Year2004
  • Author(s)Thania Paffenholz
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From Resolution to Transformation: The Role of Dialogue ProjectsHandbook Article

Presents dialogues as the classical means of constructively dealing with conflicts. The author gives an overview of ideal types and identifies the basic elements of most dialogue processes. He discusses dialogue in the context of various other approaches in order to establish criteria for measuring success. (revised for 2004 print edition)

  • Year2004
  • Author(s)Norbert Ropers
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Conflict Transformation through State ReformHandbook Article

Explores the significance of state reform for transformation of war-torn areas. The author presents three strategic approaches: participatory strategies (i.e. democratisation, strengthening of civil society, dialogue); institution building and institutional reform (i.e. federalisation, decentralisation, constitutional and judicial reform); and security needs (i.e. human rights, human security). (revised for 2004 print edition)

  • Year2004
  • Author(s)Günter Bächler
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Trends and Causes of Armed ConflictHandbook Article

Gives an overview of current findings on causes of armed conflict, identifying injustice and mobilisation as key concepts. The author shares insights on where to look for signs of potential escalation, where to seek and how to utilise opportunities for preventing violent escalation. (revised for 2004 print edition)

  • Year2004
  • Author(s)Dan Smith
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Supporting Justice, Co-Existence and Reconciliation after Armed Conflict: Strategies for Dealing with the PastHandbook Article

Explores different approaches to investigating and regulating past injustices in the aftermath of armed conflict. The author reviews the potential and risks associated with tribunals, community courts and truth commissions, and discusses how amnesty, reparation and grassroots initiatives for reconciliation can contribute to conflict transformation. (revised for 2004 print edition)
  • Year2004
  • Author(s)Gunnar Theissen
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