History and the Politics of Reconciliation Program Resources

Ten Years after Srebrenica: Conversation with Haris Hromic
On June 27, 2005, almost exactly ten years after the Srebrenica massacres, CarnegieCouncil.org spoke to Haris Hromic about his pioneering work for the Academy of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Countries Torn Over Baring Warts in History Texts
This "Education Week" article is about how countries struggle to come to terms with their pasts.
History Education and Reconciliation in Guatemala
Carnegie Council Fellow Elizabeth Oglesby investigates to what degree the findings of the Guatemalan Historical Clarification Commission [CEH], have been integrated into secondary school history programs, how this happened and what are the …
The Role of Reparations in Transition to Democracy
Much attention is paid to prosecutions implemented by countries transitioning to democracy--but little to their efforts toward reparations. Yet from the standpoint of the victims, reparations programs are the most visible efforts of a state…
The Uses of History: Reflections on the Fall of Yugoslavia
Distinguished sociologist Kai Erikson described his many journeys to the town of Pakrac, in the former Yugoslavia, beginning during the war in 1992, and the interviews he conducted with current and former residents of the town.
Historical Memory and the Building of Democracy in Iraq
Report of an 2/17/04 "Beyond History and Memory" seminar, a series cosponsored by the Council's History and the Politics of Reconciliation Program and Columbia University.
The Burden of History: World War II Memory and Polish-Jewish Reconciliation
What role does history play in political reconciliation, and what role can historians play in public debates about the past? What can they contribute to the search for state and institutional accountability for historical injustices? Could …
Democratic Development and Reckoning with the Past: The Case of Spain in Comparative Context
Boyd and Crocker discuss Spain as a case study of the problems raised by the process of development and democratization in a country that must also contend with a difficult past.
Democratic Development and Reckoning with the Past: The Case of Spain in Comparative Context
What form does the Spanish collective memory about the civil war take today, and how can we assess the Spanish attempt to reckon with the past in light of the nation's successful transition to a modern European democracy? At this workshop, …
The Work of an International Negotiator in Restitution Cases and the Legacy of World War II
H. E. Stuart Eizenstat argues that WWII restitution cases faciliate reconciliation and advance the cause of human rights.
Ethical Inquiry and the Teaching of History: Conversation with Carnegie Council Fellow Takashi Yoshida
"Teaching history can be a tool for encouraging students to be critical, and think about how they can tolerate a plurality of views about what is right and what is wrong," says Takashi Yoshida.
Instead of Reconciliation, A Widening Gulf
In the first-ever Japan-North Korea summit last September, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il apologized for the forced abductions of thirteen Japanese nationals who were taken to North Korea in the late 1970s and early 1980s. North Korea …
Globalization and the Emergence of Cosmopolitan Memories
Debates over political expressions of regret, apology, reparations, and historical injustice have become increasingly important around the world. Do we share a common framework and vocabulary for this search across cultures and national bou…
The Search for a Usable Past
At the October 25-26 Carnegie Council conference "The Search for a Usable Past," a group of scholars discusses the question "What ought we elect to remember?"
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