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    For whom does justice work? The Mladić verdict and prospects for reconciliation in the Balkans

For whom does justice work? The Mladić verdict and prospects for reconciliation in the Balkans

Former Bosnian Serb general, Ratko Mladić, has been found guilty of genocide and war crimes at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Reacting to the verdict, Denisa Kostovicova states there is broad consensus that the work of the ICTY has not translated into reconciliation among the affected communities in the Balkans. However, it is problematic to judge the […]

The Ideology of Failed States: Why Intervention Fails

MSc student Luis Cornago-Bonal reflects on the Conflict Research Group public event ‘Why International State-Building Fails: A new Interpretation’ where speaker Susan Woodward discussed her new book ‘The Ideology of Failed States: Why Intervention Fails’. Listen to the podcast.

According to Susan Woodward’s publication, The Ideology of Failed States: Why Intervention Fails, the term “failed state” makes no sense either […]

HOTSEAT: Tony Travers on 2016, An Eventful Year In Politics

Professor Tony Travers discusses the key political events of 2016, an unprecedented year in politics which saw the UK vote for Brexit and Donald Trump elected US President.

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    HOTSEAT: Simon Hix on the EU Referendum Result & the Implications of Brexit

HOTSEAT: Simon Hix on the EU Referendum Result & the Implications of Brexit

As the political fallout from the EU Referendum continues to grip the UK, Simon Hix discusses the implications of the result and what Brexit might mean for Britain and Europe.

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    Immigration and the EU Referendum: claims from both campaigns require deeper analysis

Immigration and the EU Referendum: claims from both campaigns require deeper analysis

Laura Robbins-Wright examines how immigration emerged as one of the key issues in the EU Referendum debate and argues that some of the claims from both the Leave and Remain campaigns don’t stand up to scrutiny.

Confronting War Time Rape: The Power of Art in Kosovo

In March 2016 the Department of Government Conflict Research Group organised the first UK screening of the documentary “The Making of ‘Thinking of You.’” Telling the story of a giant art installation by conceptual artist Alketa Xhafa-Mripa, the piece featured some 5,000 skirts hanging on washing lines in the football stadium of Kosovo’s capital, Prishtina, to honour the victims of […]

A Personal Take on Methods

In 2015, Dr Denisa Kostovicova was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship that has allowed her to study the merits and limitations of a regional approach to transitional justice in the Balkans. In this third blog in the series, Dr Kostovicova addresses the issue of how a researcher’s history and persona shapes research, and how research methods can mitigate the […]

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    Researching transitional justice in the Balkans: the victims of war crimes and their civic voice

Researching transitional justice in the Balkans: the victims of war crimes and their civic voice

  In 2015, Dr Denisa Kostovicova was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship that has allowed her to delve into the merits and limitations of a regional approach to transitional justice in the Balkans.  In a series of blogs, Dr Kostovicova explores broader issues about the politics of confronting mass atrocity

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Changing the Centralist Culture

The relationship between central and local government remains a key debate in British politics and public policy. Whilst focus is often on failure at a local level, George Jones writes that change to the centralist culture is necessary and achievable, but only through substantial reform.