When a country moves from conflict to peace, the transitional period includes a desire for justice that can take many forms. Arnaud Kurze’s research project explores the creation of “alternative transitional justice spaces” in post-conflict contexts, particularly concentrating on the role of art and the impact of social movements to address human rights abuses. Drawing on the former Yugoslavia, post-Mubarak Egypt and post-authoritarian Tunisia, he scrutinizes the work of contemporary youth activists and artists to deal with the past and foster sociopolitical change. In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we speak with Kurze about his findings.

Arnaud Kurze, a Title VIII Short-Term Research Scholar with the Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program, is Assistant Professor of Justice Studies at Montclair State University and also teaches at New York University. During 2009 and 2011 he was a Visiting Fellow at Sciences Po Paris. In the past, he was the Publication & Web Editor at the Center for Global Studies (CGS) at George Mason University and Coordinator of CGS's "Human Rights, Justice & Democracy Project," funded by the Open Society Institute. He has published in several academic journals and is author of several reports on foreign affairs for the government and international organizations. His latest coauthored article, “Contested spaces of transitional justice: legal empowerment in global post-conflict contexts revisited,” was published in spring 2015 with the International Journal of Human Rights. He regularly contributes analyses and op-ed articles online for think tanks and other institutions and has been the recipient of many awards and fellowships including the Woodrow Wilson Center, Sciences Po, and American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). His research interests are transitional justice, social movements, North Africa and Southeast Europe.

John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.