Boston needs to get a few things right, right now

TARSY AndrewBoston Needs to Get a Few Things Right; Right Now
by Andrew TARSY
31 May 2015

As I wrote in a piece just published in the New England Journal of Public Policy, the “hub of the universe” is in a major transition and can get inspiration and real ideas from some unlikely sources, if its leaders are willing to look. Under new leadership for the first time in twenty years, there are clear signs of good intentions, which of course, is never enough. Read more

Women and Conflict: Tripoli Film Festival


Women and Conflict: Tripoli Film Festival
by Allan LEONARD, Nancy RIORDAN and Emanuela DEL RE for Forum for Cities in Transition
7 May 2015

“Women and Conflict” was the theme to which the recent Tripoli Film Festival dedicated a special event, with the screening of a selection of out-of-competition films. Elias Khlat, festival director, is also a member of the Tripoli group of the Forum for Cities in Transition. Read more

Akinci’s victory: A salute to Cypriot reunification

LOIZIDES NeophytosAkinci’s victory: a salute to Cypriot reunification
by Neophytos LOIZIDES for Open Democracy
6 May 2015

A couple of years back few would expect that a retired politician associated with a small leftist party would make a resounding comeback to politics. But the Cypriot public has questioned partition again and again by electing prominent pro-unification figures. Read more

Promises matter but sharing engenders trust


TARSY AndrewPromises matter but sharing engenders trust: Reflections of a gathering of cities in transition
by Andrew TARSY
9 November 2014

The outpouring of love for former Boston Mayor Tom Menino was a deeply touching reminder that Boston is a city in transition. As our business and civic leaders get to know a new mayor and a new governor as well, opportunity knocks. In times like these inspiration can come from unlikely sources. Read more

Small but significant steps in overcoming old hatreds

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Forum for Cities in Transition 5th annual gathering
by Jenny HOLLAND for Forum for Cities in Transition
30 October 2014

Progressive Unionist Party city counsellor John Kyle was at an event Monday night to welcome a delegation of visitors from cities living through or coming out of violence and conflict. Read more

Villiers should stand up for NI, as she has done for her own constituency (News Letter)

Villiers should stand up for NI, as she has done for her own constituency
OPINION: Nick GARBUTT (News Letter)
30 October 2014

Delegates from cities all around the world that are either emerging from, or still engulfed in conflict were in Belfast this week for a conference entitled “Promoting reconciliation through resilience”. Read more

Irish peace process a beacon of hope: McGuinness

Irish peace process a beacon of hope: McGuinness
Sinn Féin, Belfast
30 October 2014

The Irish peace process is a beacon of hope internationally but ongoing political effort is required if current negotiations are to succeed, Deputy Minister Martin McGuinness has told the Forum for Cities in Transition International conference in Belfast City Hall today. Read more