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...
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.
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...
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.
Senior Training Officer Ted Feifer again provided two days of training in communication, negotiation and the role of the third party in cross-cultural and emotional situations to 18 participants in a month-long course conducted by the Spanish non-governmental organization Helsinki Espana.
Senior Training Officer Ted Feifer provided two days of training in communication, negotiation and mediation in cross-cultural and emotional situations to 18 participants in a month-long course conducted by the Spanish non-governmental organization Helsinki Espana.
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.
Mike Lekson, Ted Feifer, and Noor Kirdar of the Professional Training program led a workshop on multilateral diplomacy for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Mediterranean Partners, in cooperation with the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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.