The parties to the conflict in South Sudan has now been at the negotiation table in Ethiopia for more than 10 months without reaching a political solution to the conflict that broke out in December last year. They agree in principle on the need for a transitional government, but disagree on its design.
Somalia is moving towards democracy amidst terrorism and political challenges. After decades of violence and instability, there are now some rays of hope.
«It is the mismanagement of peace that has led to new conflict in South Sudan» says former head of UNs mission to South Sudan, Hilde Frafjord Johnson.
On August 1, a member of the Somalian parliament named Sheikh Adan Madar was assassinated in Mogadishu. He was the fifth lawmaker to be killed in 2014. The attacks on MPs come at a time when Somalia’s parliament is developing into a keystone in the democratization process. They are gruesome attempts to intimidate those who work towards a peaceful and democratic Somalia.
The recent reports from Iraq has provided us with the dreadful stories on how the Islamic State (IS) is slaughtering people from the Yazidi and Christian minority communities in Iraq. They must be stopped. Unfortunately I do not see a peaceful solution to the tragedy.
Dialogue experts from several countries were gathered in Budapest this weekend to discuss why dialogue matters. What are the main challenges, developments and new trends in dialogue facilitation?
Should political parties compete or cooperate? The answer is both.
Democracy is never finished. It’s a process that changes over time, says Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of Club the Madrid.
We thought democracy would spread victoriously all over the world. Today it’s under pressure in most places.
Vaira Vike-Freiberga led Latvia into democracy in which she also became the first female president. Now she is president of the democracy organization Club de Madrid, and is coming to Oslo for sharing her experiences at the Oslo Center’s seminar 12th of May.