Internal displacement in Iraq: Internally displaced persons and disputed territory

RIORDAN NancyInternal Displacement in Iraq: Internally Displaced Persons and Disputed Territory
by Nancy RIORDAN (University of Massachusetts Boston)
1 February 2016


The protracted conflict in Iraq has led to one of the highest internal displacements of people worldwide. With data from the International Organization for Migration’s Displacement Tracking Matrix and other sources, geographic information system methods were applied to investigate the quantitative and spatial characteristics of Iraq’s internally displaced persons (IDPs). Based on this analysis, significant numbers of IDPs were found to be displaced among the disputed territories of northern Iraq. The findings of this analysis, when paired with additional research, poses serious complications not only for the security of Iraq’s IDPs but also for the country. The proliferation of militias and ISIL into these territories will prolong the wider conflict and intensify the territorial dispute between the government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government, in particular the final status of At-Ta’mim (Kirkuk) governorate.

You can read the full article at the New England Journal of Public Policy:

Nancy Riordan is Co-Secretariat of the Forum for Cities in Transition.

Genocide conviction in the Hague: A win for the forces of resilience and persistence

TARSY AndrewGenocide conviction in the Hague: A win for the forces of resilience and persistence
by Andrew TARSY
5 April 2015

I was attending a conference in Northern Ireland in 2014 when I met a genocide survivor over my morning coffee. After arriving in Belfast on an overnight flight, I walked in groggy to an unfamiliar conference center. I filled a cup with something dark and strong and sat down next to a friendly-looking gentleman. Read more

Padraig O’Malley receives prestigious Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award

Padraig O’Malley receives prestigious Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award
by Nancy RIORDAN
8 December 2015

FCT director, Professor Padraig O’Malley  was awarded the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award from the Institute for Global Leadership (IGL) at Tufts University on December 8th 2015. Read more

Global Forum for Marginalized Youth to be held in Mitrovicë / Kosovska Mitrovica

FCT Director Padraig O’Malley Signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Petrit Selimi, Kosovo’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in Prishtina Kosovo on 14 October 2015. The MOU commits the Kosovo MFA to a cooperative collaboration with the Forum for Cities in Transition (FCT) with a view to establishing a Global Forum for Marginalized Youth (GFMY), in Mitrovicë / Kosovska Mitrovica.

The forum will meet every year in Mitrovicë / Kosovska Mitrovica where disenfranchised & permanently unemployed/underemployed youth from across the globe will gather annually to discuss their rights, collective values & discuss ways in which their lives can be given dignity & meaning, making them part of a cause greater than themselves & find innovative ways to improve the conditions in which they live. The founding conference will be held in 2016 at a date to be determined.


Srebrenica remembered

O'MALLEY PadraigSrebrenica remembered
by Professor Padraig O’MALLEY for Forum for Cities in Transition
15 July 2015

Over the weekend ceremonies were held in Srebrenica to mark the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre. Over 8,000 Bosniaks — Muslim men and boys — were mass murdered by the Serb Bosnian army. Srebrenica was a UN designate safe haven. Thousands had taken refuge in a dilapidated building adjacent on the outskirts of the town, ostensibly under the protection of UN Dutch peacekeepers. But the “peacekeepers” failed abysmally in their responsibilities, not just as peacekeepers but as human beings. After brief argumentation with Serb commanders they handed over the herded people, lambs to the slaughter. Read more

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