Peace Process

In Defence of 'Whataboutery'

Ian Linden | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK
Ian Linden

The Northern Ireland peace process is fraying at the edges. That is if you can call cultural and religious divisions and social hostilities "the edges" when they feed so powerfully the persistence of political problems at the centre.

Cyprus Talks Re-Started: Will The New Hopes Survive The Old Methods?

Yeshim Harris | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Politics
Yeshim Harris

After a long break, a new round of talks has started again in Cyprus. Both communities are busy preparing their negotiation teams; their politicians and leaders are discussing their shared views and remaining differences; and external stakeholders are looking on with very visible interest...

Stand Up for Northern Ireland's Tahrir Square

Brian John Spencer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

We don't have a political opposition in Northern Ireland. We have one giant, self-serving, autocratic, aberrant sectarian mill. ...

Israelis and Palestinians Deserve to Live in Peace

Nehad Ismail | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK
Nehad Ismail

US Secretary of State John Kerry must be chuffed at his success in bringing Israelis and Palestinians to the negotiating table. It took six visits to the region and hours of arm twisting behind the scenes to restart the peace talks that broke down in 2008.

Turkish-Kurdish Peace: It Is Different This Time

Professor Ibrahim Sirkeci | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Ibrahim Sirkeci

Arriving at a peaceful settlement will take some time and will require a great deal of honesty as well as transparency. But the short answer is yes, this time it is different and there is reason to be hopeful for peace.

Obama's Big Trip: Israel, Palestine and the Audacity of Hope

Rebecca Greig | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK
Rebecca Greig

For Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Obama offered nothing but pretty words and a tacit understanding that all they are getting is sympathy.

Khojaly - More Than Just an Airport

Chris Pincher | Posted 01.04.2013 | UK Politics
Chris Pincher

Another week, another round of talks aimed at reaching a peace deal between Armenia and Azerbaijan, this time with both their foreign ministers meeting in Paris. The two countries have been locked in a territorial conflict over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven other surrounding regions for over 20 years.

Belfast Riots Are the Symptom of a Community Left Behind

Brian John Spencer | Posted 13.02.2013 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

The ugly scenes of rioting that have returned to Belfast's streets 14 years after the signing of the peace agreement are a sorry sight. But they tell a story of poor political leadership and of a demographic section of society left behind.

The Difference A Shake Makes?

James Mahon | Posted 28.08.2012 | UK Politics
James Mahon

First the Queen visits the Republic of Ireland, speaks Irish and then she surprises us once again and goes a step farther by going to Northern Ireland and shaking hands with Martin McGuinness.

Afghan Civil Society Calls for a 'Just Peace' in Bonn

Lisa Schirch | Posted 13.02.2012 | UK
Lisa Schirch

Bonn, Germany - Bonn's Beethoven Hall usually hosts violin, cello and bass players. From 2-3 December the stage supported Afghan engineers, university...

The Farce of the Indignant

Steve Nutt | Posted 03.10.2011 | UK Politics
Steve Nutt

A procession has been making its way through the foreign offices of the world; it has passed through Russia, Brazil and even the UK. It has seen the e...