Article by DPI Director Kerim Yildiz: “Turkey’s Kurdish Conflict: Pathways to Progress”

Published in Insight Turkey, this article by the director of the Democratic Progress Institute, Kerim Yildiz, examines the potential for progress to be made in negotiations for the resolution of the Kurdish conflict in Turkey. The article reflects on the steps that might be taken as part of a roadmap to achieve a political settlement, … Read moreArticle by DPI Director Kerim Yildiz: “Turkey’s Kurdish Conflict: Pathways to Progress”

Briefing Paper: ‘The Next Two Years Ahead of Turkey: Two Leaders, Two Different Lines, Two Readings’

Turkey will soon hold its first election in which the presidency will be awarded according to a popular vote. Mr Erdoğan and Mr Gül are eager to contest the position and hold unrivalled positions of power and influence within AK Party. This paper examines in detail aspects of key speeches given by Turkish Prime Minister … Read moreBriefing Paper: ‘The Next Two Years Ahead of Turkey: Two Leaders, Two Different Lines, Two Readings’

DDR and the Complexity of Contemporary Conflict

This paper intends to investigate the challenges facing disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) programmes in post-conflict societies and suggests that inclusive approaches based on dialogue can be successful in overcoming them. Through an exploration of the complex nature of contemporary conflict this paper shows that post-conflict environments are not as straightforward as their name implies. … Read moreDDR and the Complexity of Contemporary Conflict

New Media and the Development of Democracy

This paper investigates the potential of New Media in helping to develop localised democratic cultures based on inclusive dialogue, participation and engagement, which are key components of the development of democracy. It investigates the capacity of New Media, with its non-hierarchical, networked structure to help develop a healthy civil society which engages with the key … Read moreNew Media and the Development of Democracy

Obstacles and Opportunities for Transitional Justice: TRCs

This paper takes a comparative approach to assess some of the major strengths and weaknesses associated with TRCs. By drawing on the wealth of knowledge available through case studies of transitional societies, obstacles and opportunities for TRCs are identified. The influence of international organisations such as the UN is also be taken into account. These … Read moreObstacles and Opportunities for Transitional Justice: TRCs

The Gendered Effect of Conflict

The growing body of international law and legal commentary offering a gendered perspective on conflict includes international conventions, United Nations Security Council Resolutions, commentary by international legal bodies as well as international conferences on the issue. All have contributed to an established recognition of the disproportionate effect of conflict on women and of the importance of women’s participation for … Read moreThe Gendered Effect of Conflict

the Kurdish Conflict:International Humanitarian Law and Post-Conflict Mechanisms

This book, by Kerim Yildiz and Susan Breau, is highly topical considering the recent resurgence of violence by the PKK, the incursions into Northern Iraq by the Turkish army and security forces and Turkey’s EU accession negotiations. Turkey has become an increasingly important player in Middle Eastern geopolitics. More than two decades of serious conflict in Turkey … Read morethe Kurdish Conflict:International Humanitarian Law and Post-Conflict Mechanisms

Briefing Paper: ‘The Next Two Years Ahead of Turkey: Two Leaders, Two Different Lines, Two Readings’

‘The Next Two Years Ahead of Turkey: Two Leaders, Two Different Lines, Two Readings’ The Democratic Progress Institute would like to announce a new briefing paper written by Cengiz Çandar, veteran journalist and columnist specialising in areas such as the ‘Kurdish Question,’ and a former war correspondent. Çandar served as special adviser to former Turkish … Read moreBriefing Paper: ‘The Next Two Years Ahead of Turkey: Two Leaders, Two Different Lines, Two Readings’