The Basque Conflict and ETA: The Difficulties of an Ending

The Basque Conflict and ETA: The Difficulties of an Ending

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

By: Teresa Whitfield

Violence at the hands of the Basque separatist organization ETA was for many years an anomalous feature of Spain’s transition to democracy. This report, which draws on the author’s book Endgame for ETA: Elusive Peace in the Basque Country (Hurst and Oxford University Press, 2014), explains why this was the case, examines both the factors that contributed to ETA’s October 2011 announcement of an end to violence and the obstacles encountered in moving forward from that announcement to disarmame...

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Justice, Security & Rule of Law; Peace Processes

Former USIP Fellows Help Foster Basque Peace Breakthrough

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

By: Thomas Omestad

When they met during their fellowships at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in 2005, a lasting friendship was born. But as Pierre Hazan, a Swiss political scientist and former journalist, got to know Gorka Espiau Idoiaga, a peace activist from the Basque country of Spain, they had no idea that their friendship would bring them back together years later to help foster a breakthrough for peace in Western Europe’s last guerrilla conflict.

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue

Ending with ETA? Elusive Peace in the Basque Country

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

By: Andrew Blum

In January the Basque separatist group ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna), announced a “permanent, general and internationally verifiable ceasefire”. On February 7, leaders of Batasuna, a political party that served as ETA’s surrogate and has been banned since 2003, presented the statutes of a new party in a bid to re-enter the democratic game and pursue the goal of independence by solely political means.  With the support of USIP, Teresa Whitfield, of New York University’s Center on International C...

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue

Framing the State in Times of Transition

Framing the State in Times of Transition

Thursday, April 1, 2010

By: Laurel E. Miller; with Louis Aucoin

Analyzing nineteen cases, Framing the State in Times of Transition offers the first in-depth, practical perspective on the implications of constitution-making procedure, and explores emerging international legal norms.

The Basque Conflict: New Ideas and Prospects for Peace

The Basque Conflict: New Ideas and Prospects for Peace

Saturday, April 1, 2006

By: Gorka Espiau Idoiaga

The international community lacks updated information on the latest stage of the Basque conflict—the longest enduring violent conflict in Western Europe—and the emerging opportunity for a peace process among the key parties to it. This report examines recent promising developments, outlines remaining obstacles, and offers recommendations to ensure that the present opportunities for peace in the Basque Country are not lost.

Dealing with Conflict: Workshop on Using Problem Solving Communication and Negotiation Skills

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Ted Feifer and Nina Sughrue of the Professional Training Program conducted a three-day seminar for twenty-nine Palestinians from the West Bank in Madrid, Spain. The Institute´s trainers worked with Helsinki Espana and the Middle East Children´s Association to identify a young, vibrant group of present and future leaders who are working towards a peaceful and stable Palestine.

Education & Training