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Outre ses activités de transformation des conflits sur le terrain, la Fondation Cordoue de Genève (FCG) a fait de la formation, depuis plusieurs années maintenant, un de ses atouts. En effet, nous croyons sincèrement que la promotion de la paix passe aussi par l’éducation des jeunes et la formation d’acteurs sur le terrain. Ceci est d’autant plus efficace que l’audience est diverse et comprend des acteurs appartenant aux diverses parties d’un conflit donné. Dans ces conditions, le lieu de formation devient un véritable espace de médiation où les participants, en plus d’acquérir des connaissances techniques, apprennent à se connaitre et échanger et à faire des analyses conjointes.

by Lakhdar Ghettas

Thirty years this November Zine el Abidine Ben Ali assumed power in Tunisia ending thereby the rule of ailing Habib Bourguiba who ruled the country since its independence in 1956. Ben Ali promised political reforms that lured large segments of the Tunisian polity, including the Islamists. Those hopes were soon shattered by the brutal crackdown following the 1989 general elections in which Ennahdha ran on independent lists, and came second after Ben Ali’s RCD party. Leftists were not spared either and by 2010 Ben Ali managed to unite most Tunisians against his authoritarian rule. Tunisians embarked on a political transition that has been underway seven years now.

by Kheira Tarif

In the context of the Cordoba Foundation of Geneva’s Middle East Program, a discussion with Iraqi partners fostered the idea of working with tribal and religious leaders as influential actors of change and reconciliation in the country. Strengthening locally-accessible and legitimate dispute resolution mechanisms can help stem the escalation of local tensions in Iraq, and detract from the rationale of violent alternatives...