Areas of Engagement


by Jan Pronk


Q: The media depicts Somalia as chaos, do you agree with this perception? To what extent is the international media complicit in the problems of Somalia?

In early 1991, soon after the Somali civil war broke out, I have had the opportunity to meet with the late Somali President Siyad Barre who told me about you and how greatly he admired you. Discussing about Somalia's great friends who might have come to its aid he singled you out almost all the time and since then I have been watching you closely but from afar: from Somalia and from Kenya's Nairobi. I know you from there.

Mr. President,

by George Mukundi Wachira

The initiatives and approaches that states employ to deal with past human rights atrocities in a bid to build sustainable peace are now commonly referred to as transitional justice. Such initiatives include but are not limited to:

by Ayman Zohry

Migration in less developed countries is strongly influenced by poverty, economic difficulties, improper socio-economic policies, and political instability. Despite the fact that new technologies made it possible for people to communicate easily, strict visa requirements transformed the world to a virtual 'small village'. Borders are invaded by international companies; people are stuck in their countries; only skilled workers can find a pathway to be engaged in this globalized economy.

by Jan Pronk

In 2001 the United Nations organized a World Conference on Racism in Durban. It was quite a turbulent conference. Developing countries had criticized Western countries about slavery, Apartheid and the injustice done to the Palestinian people. However, the final document of the conference had been adopted unanimously. The US had stayed away, which was not uncommon for the US during those years, but all participating countries had agreed. No country later on had distanced itself from this agreement.