Dealing with the Past
Mô Bleeker / Jonathan Sisson (Ed.) | KOFF | 2004
The present report on „dealing with the past“ is the result of lengthy consultation process
undertaken by the Center for Peacebuilding (KOFF) at the request of the Political Affairs
Division IV of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The report addresses a
number of principal and pragmatic issues in connection with dealing with the past.
Particular attention is devoted to various models of transformative justice and to the role of
both state and non-state actors in transitional societies. The interdisciplinary approach of
the consultation process is reflected by articles on specific issues such as “truth” and
historical memory, the process of democratization in the Balkans, the application of
international humanitarian law, challenges in connection with negotiations, and
Switzerland’s own legacy in dealing with its past. In the introduction several concrete policy
recommendations are formulated.