The Frozen Conflict: Transnistria on the edge of gaining independence?

The Frozen Conflict: Transnistria on the edge of gaining independence?

President of self-proclaimed republic of Transnistria, Evgheni Sevciuk, announced recently that the separatist region is prepared to hold a referendum on independence. Transnistria, the small strip of land in Eastern Moldova, won a brief war of independence against Moldovans after the collapse of the USSR in 1991, but without obtaining recognition in the international community. A referendum for independence might soon be on its way, disrupting an already dire situation.
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Interview | At War Without Enemies: Militia Networks and Civil War in Guinea-Bissau

Interview | At War Without Enemies: Militia Networks and Civil War in Guinea-Bissau

RIKO has interviewed professor Henrik Vigh of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen. Vigh has closely researched a militia group in Bissau, the capital of Guinea-Bissau, since the turn of the millennium. The group was first mobilised during the civil war of 1998-1999 and remobilised in the conflicts that followed.… læs mere!
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Interview: Containment and negotiation is the way forward with Islamic State

Interview: Containment and negotiation is the way forward with Islamic State

Interview with Lars Erslev Andersen The US-led coalition has been dropping bombs over Iraq since august in the fight against the Islamic State. They have also supported the ‘moderate’ rebel groups and the Kurds with weapons. However, Islamic State is still very strong.… læs mere!
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Madrassas and Militancy: A sinister link

Madrassas and Militancy: A sinister link

Neither militancy nor its connection to religious madrassas are, of course, unknown in Pakistan. Yet even after the most horrific terrorist attack, the government of Pakistan are not cracking down on madrassas whose clerics incite hatred and sectarianism and both justify and breed militancy.
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When perceptions have fatal consequences

When perceptions have fatal consequences

Addressing and perceiving conflicting parties in a one-sided manner impairs our ability as people, politicians, and societies to engage in dialogue and peaceful negotiation. If we perceive other groups or countries as inherently irrational or evil, we create an external Other, which - as History has shown - in many cases legitimates violent acts against this perceived Other. This article examines the anthropological concept of ‘the Other’ in relation to international conflicts and conflict resolution.
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