The injustice of justice

2018-08-17T10:50:20+00:00

By Molly Morley I came into the symposium with little to no knowledge of transitional justice. My background is in the development of governance structures. In today’s session with Carolyn Edgerton, we discussed the [...]

The injustice of justice 2018-08-17T10:50:20+00:00

Turning grievance into hope

2018-08-17T10:44:04+00:00

By Nathalia Contreras Pardo “In the name of God the Most Merciful, The Most Compassionate, we pray to almighty God, may grievance become hope! May revenge become justice! May mother´s tears become prayers that [...]

Turning grievance into hope 2018-08-17T10:44:04+00:00

Into the Neretva

2018-08-17T10:37:56+00:00

By Samantha Behlog The Old Bridge, the iconic structure of the medieval Bosnian city of Mostar which was originally built in 1566 and has hosted a diving competition for over 450 years, which is [...]

Into the Neretva 2018-08-17T10:37:56+00:00

Reflections on Sarajevo

2018-08-17T10:29:55+00:00

By Laial Allaham Walking downtown in Sarajevo gives me feelings of peace and happiness. The similarity in the culture makes me feel at home. I came from Damascus where sitting for a cup of [...]

Reflections on Sarajevo 2018-08-17T10:29:55+00:00

Wherever you look, there is value

2018-08-15T12:32:02+00:00

by Dakota Peterson Today was a tough day. I snapped at a colleague, forced a friend to turn against me, and walked away with guilt after I was unable to treat another colleague’s feelings [...]

Wherever you look, there is value 2018-08-15T12:32:02+00:00

Old vs. New

2018-08-03T11:29:31+00:00

by Sara Magee After spending two weeks in Bosnia and Herzegovina, primarily in Sarajevo, there are a number of thoughts I can identify that keep returning to my mind. These have been related to [...]

Old vs. New 2018-08-03T11:29:31+00:00

Global Peacekeeping: Getting Close or Drifting Away

2018-08-03T11:19:20+00:00

by Mohammed Eid  Wars and conflicts break up among nations. It is a complex social phenomenon of mankind. We may not approve it, but we cannot ignore it. For that reason, almost every nation [...]

Global Peacekeeping: Getting Close or Drifting Away 2018-08-03T11:19:20+00:00

Listen to Your Heart

2018-07-30T15:31:48+00:00

by Patrick Groeneveld-Meijer My time at IPSI has been fantastic. It has been a true honor and inspiration to meet influential practitioners from around the world. When I originally looked at the list of [...]

Listen to Your Heart 2018-07-30T15:31:48+00:00

Rape: A Weapon of War Across the Globe

2018-07-30T15:21:22+00:00

by Samantha Behlog The former president of Kosovo, in power from 2011 to 2016, Atifete Jahjaga, despite her hardships in reaching the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, arrived and delivered an empowering speech, [...]

Rape: A Weapon of War Across the Globe 2018-07-30T15:21:22+00:00

Mission: Impossible

2018-07-30T14:50:10+00:00

by Laial Allaham At the very first beginning of the Symposium, the group was divided, and the tasks were assigned. The mission: to design a roadmap for a transition in Colombia, Bosnia and Syria. [...]

Mission: Impossible 2018-07-30T14:50:10+00:00

Shall justice be considered as a tool to achieve reconciliation?

2018-07-19T07:30:06+00:00

by Nathalia Contreras Pardo During the justice session on the Symposium that question was asked by one of the speakers. Reflecting on that I truly believe that justice can strongly contribute to the reconciliation [...]

Shall justice be considered as a tool to achieve reconciliation? 2018-07-19T07:30:06+00:00

Differences

2018-07-19T07:12:14+00:00

by Noura Wafeek Syam Being different is always a challenge; however, it reflects your uniqueness and your contribution to the world and humanity. We all as human are different, different in character, attitude, culture, [...]

Differences 2018-07-19T07:12:14+00:00

First Week of IPSI

2018-07-17T05:14:41+00:00

by Tanya Vo The first week of IPSI touched on the complexities of building transitions in post-conflict areas. Arguably, what was learnt through the first week is that transitions, at the very heart, are [...]

First Week of IPSI 2018-07-17T05:14:41+00:00

Stepping Into The Unknown

2018-07-17T04:47:36+00:00

by G. I am working on a Masters of Science in Security Studies and my primary focuses have been on terrorism and hybrid warfare. Last winter a professor at my University suggested the IPSI [...]

Stepping Into The Unknown 2018-07-17T04:47:36+00:00

Military Integration Solved?

2018-07-16T16:53:32+00:00

by Molly Morley As part of the Symposium curriculum, my colleagues and I had the opportunity to visit the Peace Support Operations Training Center (PSOTC), a division within the Bosnian military. This visit unexpectedly [...]

Military Integration Solved? 2018-07-16T16:53:32+00:00

Crime Scene: Sarajevo

2018-07-16T16:38:29+00:00

by William BeaupreSarajevo is a beautiful city. Today was my first time really exploring and experiencing the sights, scenes and beauty of it. I was captivated by the city. To be completely honest, I have [...]

Crime Scene: Sarajevo 2018-07-16T16:38:29+00:00

The Jewish Middlemen of Bosnia

2018-07-16T16:23:44+00:00

by Benjamin Kissin I had the pleasure to celebrate Shabbat with members of Sarajevo's Jewish community. The community, which began in Sarajevo in the 1560s from Spain, is now quite small, due to both the [...]

The Jewish Middlemen of Bosnia 2018-07-16T16:23:44+00:00

Reflections at the Beginning of the Sarajevo Symposium

2018-07-16T06:23:49+00:00

by Sarah Fizer In only the first two days of the Sarajevo Symposium I have found the most interesting observation to be the perception of post-conflict transitions among my classmates. We are an amazingly [...]

Reflections at the Beginning of the Sarajevo Symposium 2018-07-16T06:23:49+00:00

Bosnian Voices in Transitional Times/Voces de Bosnia en Tiempos de Transición

2017-09-01T16:45:50+00:00

By Pablo Carvajal The experience of taking part in the inaugural Sarajevo Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions has left me with numerous lessons. Firstly, receiving daily stories of the local people and other participants in [...]

Bosnian Voices in Transitional Times/Voces de Bosnia en Tiempos de Transición 2017-09-01T16:45:50+00:00

Frameworks for Accomplishment of Peace Processes

2017-09-01T16:45:50+00:00

by Daniel Mesa Gómez Conflicts all around the world are composed of complex contexts and different actors. Solutions to such conflicts also need to be complex—involving series of negotiations and multiple implementation stages—and ideally lead [...]

Frameworks for Accomplishment of Peace Processes 2017-09-01T16:45:50+00:00

Reimagining Bosnia and Herzegovina

2017-09-01T16:45:50+00:00

By Philippa Meikle Preface: Participants of the inaugural Sarajevo Symposium were asked to participate in a day-long capstone simulation. All participants were presented with a fictional scenario of Bosnia and Herzegovina, five years in the [...]

Reimagining Bosnia and Herzegovina 2017-09-01T16:45:50+00:00

The Value of Vulnerability in Negotiations

2017-09-01T16:45:50+00:00

By Milica Njegovan It is a rare skill to make people laugh and gasp with amusement when speaking about post conflict transition. Hind Kabawat, founder of the Syria Center for Dialogue, Peace and Reconciliation and [...]

The Value of Vulnerability in Negotiations 2017-09-01T16:45:50+00:00

Disarmament? Demobilization and Reintegration

2017-09-01T16:45:50+00:00

By Daniel Mesa Gómez The Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) processes are strategies used in United Nations peacebuilding and peacekeeping operations, although they have begun to be used independently by states and other institutions involved [...]

Disarmament? Demobilization and Reintegration 2017-09-01T16:45:50+00:00

Shaping Peacemakers

2017-09-01T16:45:51+00:00

by Milicia Njegovan On Monday, July 17th I saw the opening of the International Peace and Security Institute’s (IPSI) inaugural Symposium in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Hercegovina (BiH). This is the first IPSI symposium to [...]

Shaping Peacemakers 2017-09-01T16:45:51+00:00

Forgiveness and Hope

2017-09-01T16:45:53+00:00

By: Karen Fancher The film screening of “Pretty Village” was a profound glimpse into the dynamics of reentering a community after suffering mass atrocities at the hands of one’s neighbors. I was impressed by [...]

Forgiveness and Hope 2017-09-01T16:45:53+00:00

Creative Transitions in Central Sahel

2017-09-01T16:45:53+00:00

By Daniel Mesa Gómez Audra Dykman explored a framework to holistic transitions by looking at the Central Sahel region as a case study to reflect on what has to be done in situations where a [...]

Creative Transitions in Central Sahel 2017-09-01T16:45:53+00:00

Approaches to Security – Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration

2017-09-01T16:45:53+00:00

By Elliot Short Today’s studies at the 2017 Sarajevo Symposium on Post-Conflict traditions began with a lecture from William Stuebner  (Bill) on Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR). We looked at two case studies in [...]

Approaches to Security – Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration 2017-09-01T16:45:53+00:00

Memory and Reconciliation

2017-09-01T16:45:53+00:00

By Phillipa Meikle On the last day of the first week of our Symposium, we enjoyed a presentation regarding Memory and Reconciliation from Dr. Sabina Čehajić-Clancy, who is an Associate Professor of Political Psychology, Department [...]

Memory and Reconciliation 2017-09-01T16:45:53+00:00

There Is No Such Thing as Universal

2017-09-01T16:45:53+00:00

By Alexandria Farris While listening to the speakers today a thought that kept coming to mind was how often one person's idea of what's best for someone else isn't actually what's best for that person. [...]

There Is No Such Thing as Universal 2017-09-01T16:45:53+00:00

One of the Best Learning Experiences of My Life!

2017-09-01T16:45:53+00:00

By Adnan Al-Hammody Today’s lectures at the Sarajevo Symposium were among the densest yet most interesting ones I have ever had in my life! The amount of information I learned was just colossal. Not [...]

One of the Best Learning Experiences of My Life! 2017-09-01T16:45:53+00:00

Sarajevo Symposium – Day 2

2017-09-01T16:45:53+00:00

By Philippa Meikle On the morning of the second day of the Symposium, all 31 participants and staff members engaged in an exercise run by Deborah Mancini which aimed at broadening our perspectives of governance and [...]

Sarajevo Symposium – Day 2 2017-09-01T16:45:53+00:00

Sarajevo Symposium – Day 1

2017-09-01T16:45:53+00:00

By Alexandria Farris The first day of the Sarajevo symposium introduced the complexity of post-conflict societies. At first glance, a post-conflict transition may appear as a somewhat generalizable idea that all post-conflict transitions can [...]

Sarajevo Symposium – Day 1 2017-09-01T16:45:53+00:00