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(Ne pas) dialoguer avec les groupes « jihadistes » au Mali ?Étude de Cas

Au Mali, dès la fin de l’année 2012, la question du dialogue avec les groupes d’expression jihadiste, labélisés terroristes, a constitué une sorte de zone grise, voir un tabou qui cristallise et interroge les contradictions normatives et pratiques des régimes d’exclusion ainsi que leur impact tant sur la trajectoire de la violence que sur la résolution du conflit. A ce titre, le contexte malien fait face à une situation historique tout aussi complexe qu’inédite.

  • Year2020
  • Author(s)Ferdaous Bouhlel
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Expert Roundtable on Salafi jihadi armed groupsDe-escalation trajectories and dialogue engagement – Workshop report

On December 11, 2019, the Berghof Foundation hosted a confidential expert workshop on “Salafi jihadi armed groups – (De)escalation trajectories and dialogue engagement”, with funding and support by the German Foundation for Peace Research and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

  • Year2020
  • Author(s)Karin Göldner-Ebenthal, Véronique Dudouet
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Challenges and opportunities for conflict resolution with Salafi jihadi armed groupsPolicy brief No. 10

This policy brief highlights recommendations for evidence-based policy making on pathways to conflict de-escalation with Salafi jihadi armed groups. It proposes a more nuanced public discussion of the topic. This brief draws mainly on the research report “Dialogue with Salafi jihadi armed groups: Challenges and opportunities for conflict de-escalation” which concludes a two-year research project based on case studies in Somalia, Syria and Mali.

  • Year2020
  • Author(s)Véronique Dudouet, Karin Göldner-Ebenthal
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Les groupes armés salafi-djihadistes et la (dés)escalade des conflitsLe cas d’Ansar Dine au Mali

Lorsqu'en 2012, le conflit violent éclate au Mali, le groupe armé salafi-djihadiste (GASD) Ansar Dine devient rapidement l'un de ses principaux protagonistes. Son chef Iyad Ag Ghaly a conservé un rôle de premier plan au sein de l'entité Jamāʿat nuṣrat al-islām wal-muslimīn (groupe de soutien à l'Islam et aux Musulmans, JNIM) formée en mars 2017.

  • Year2020
  • Author(s)Tim Jan Roetman, Marie Migeon, Véronique Dudouet
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Improving Community Safety in Contested SpacesA Handbook for Syrian Civil Society Actors

The handbook is designed to help civil society actors in contested spaces and conflict settings provide safety for their communities. It outlines the key principles of the community safety approach and provides practical guidance on how to identify security challenges and how to implement strategies to counter them. The handbook was originally developed for civil society actors in Syria, but it can also be used in other contexts. The handbook is currently also available in Arabic.

  • Year2020
  • Author(s)Will Bennett
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Mapping of Local Governance in Yemeni Governorates

This mapping outlines the situation faced by the population in all 22 governorates of Yemen. We see this as a working draft and welcome any additions, corrections, or comments you might have.

The mapping highlights the economic activities and resources that remain available and introduces the local administration and the situation of the local council in each governorate. It explores the extent to which different institutions of local authority — local councils, executive offices, and governors’ offices — continue to perform their mandates, and provides an overview of the availability of basic services, especially in the health, education, and water and sanitation sectors. The mapping is based on the review and analysis of documents, statistics, and official reports by Yemeni and international organizations, published studies and research, and interviews with local leaders in the governorates.

  • Year2020
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Berghof Glossar zu Konflikttransformation und Friedensförderung20 Essays zu Theorie und Praxis

Das Berghof Glossar zur Konflikttransformation und Friedensförderung stellt die wichtigsten Grundprinzipien und -ansätze unserer Arbeit vor, in der wir Menschen und Konfliktparteien auf der ganzen Welt bei ihren Bestrebungen begleiten, eine friedlichere Zukunft zu schaffen.

  • Year2020
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Peacemaking and Constitutional Change: Negotiating Power-sharing Arrangements and Identity IssuesThe Republic of (North) Macedonia and The Ohrid Framework Agreement

Stankovski looks at the case of the Republic of Macedonia and the Ohrid Framework Agreement (OFA) of 2001, which averted a full-blown civil war, the subsequent constitution making process, and the implementation of the constitution.

  • Year2019
  • Author(s)Boshko Stankovski
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Managing Political Transformation and Security Transition ProcessesA Strategic Framework

This strategic framework was developed based on the 10th Annual Meeting on Negotiations entitled ‘Security Transition and Political Transformation’ held in San Sebastian, Spain, in October 2018. It provides an overview of the most frequent challenges resistance and liberation movements (RLMs) face with regard to transition processes and ways to address such challenges. While in no way exhaustive, we hope that our readers find this overview useful both for reflection and for enhancing their own negotiation strategies.

  • Year2019
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Constitution Making in Contexts of ConflictPaying Attention to Process

Carl sets the background of his study as such: Behind the headlines of reformed and new constitutions lie complex and dynamic processes with prominent and less prominent actors and initiatives, all taking place in same space and time as the ongoing crisis and conflicts. When successful, their actions add up to processes of constitution building that represent a new and purposeful dynamic of accommodation and assertion of a new law-based order. This transformative change emerges out of the counter-current of powerful and self-perpetuating economic, political and social systems of conflict. Within this background, Carl addresses questions like: what do we know about how such change processes happen, and what can we learn from those deliberate, planned and implemented projects, initiatives and interventions? He sets out a series of framing issues and concepts.

  • Year2019
  • Author(s)Andy Carl
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