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On 4th March 2017, the Democratic Progress Institute (DPI) held a roundtable in Ankara which brought together a diverse group from Turkey’s political and cultural spectra.
Last week in Ankara, a DPI representative and a member of the Advisory Board together with other members of the Turkey Democracy Platform (TDP met with the President of Turkey, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. At this high-level meeting, the DPI representatives briefed President Erdoğan in relation to DPI’s work, such as the numerous activities in […]
The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI) held a roundtable meeting last weekend in Geneva, bringing together senior journalists and cultural figures from across Turkey’s socio-political spectrum, to discuss the role of the media in conflict resolution. The roundtable facilitated expertise and knowledge sharing from international speakers, including Tom Kelly, former official spokesman for Tony Blair, Owen […]
This four-day roundtable brought together MPs, senior advisors, lawyers, academics, media representatives and civil society leaders from across Turkey’s political and cultural spectra to discuss the issue of incorporating and integrating women into peace processes and conflict resolution, in particular in times of crisis. It follows on from DPI’s last event, which took place in […]
The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI), held a roundtable meeting last weekend in Ankara, bringing together participants from across Turkey’s political and cultural spectra to discuss the issue of incorporating and integrating women into peace processes and conflict resolution. The roundtable provided experience and knowledge-sharing from international speakers, Avila Kilmurray and Jane Morrice, influential members of […]
DPI assisted with the facilitation of a recent roundtable meeting in Diyarbakir, focusing on comparative learnings from the Philippines’ experience of conflict resolution. Speakers included David Gorman, who has worked extensively on the Philippines peace process among other international peace processes.
DPI recently carried out a comparative study visit, in partnership with Turkey based think tank PODEM, to London and Belfast. The visit comprised a series of roundtable meetings from 9 to 13 May 2016, addressing the topic of ‘Towards Advocating Police Monitoring Mechanisms in Turkey’ through an exploration of policing accountability and oversight bodies in […]
The Democratic Progress Institute last week carried out a comparative study visit to Colombia to explore the peace process currently under way in Havana between the Government and the armed group, FARC. Participants met with key actors from both sides of the process, including Colombian President Santos, senior actors and negotiators from around the table […]
The Democratic Progress Institute last week carried out a Comparative Study Visit to Dublin, Dundalk and Belfast from 19 to 24 March as part of the Institute’s Turkey programme. This visit explored themes relating to “getting a process back on track in challenging times”, addressing topics such as timing and choreography of a peace process, […]
10/02/2016 The Democratic Progress Institute offer three month internships and are keen for their interns to share their experiences. Many thanks to Harikrishnan Sasikumar for writing this entry which we hope will be of use to those thinking about applying. Harikrishnan Sasikumar Dec 2014
We are delighted to announce DPI’s new Gender Policy document, which outlines our commitment to supporting gender equality and the principles expressed in international agreements and the Sustainable Development Goals. It applies both to all of the Institute’s activities and research, as well as to our internal organisational systems and practices. This Policy has been […]
The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI), in partnership with Istanbul Bilgi University’s Centre for Conflict Resolution Studies and Research held a roundtable meeting this weekend in Istanbul, continuing conversation on the subject of ‘getting a process back on track’ in times of crisis. Invitees in this event included senior representatives of all of Turkey’s main political […]
DPI is extremely sad to learn of the death of Tahir Elci, Head of the Diyarbakir Bar Association in Turkey. Mr Elçi was a valued friend of the Institute and a participant in our activities; our condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues.
The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI) will hold a roundtable meeting this weekend in Ankara, on the subject of ‘getting a process back on track’ in times of crisis. Invitees in this event include members of Turkey’s wise persons commission; some of Turkey’s most renowned journalists and media personalities; representatives from civil society including from women’s […]
The following Briefing Note provides an overview of recent events in Northern Ireland regarding the Power Sharing Executive: Briefing Note – Political Crisis: Northern Ireland Executive
DPI launches interactive conflict map, providing key information on individual conflict situations globally. See here: http://www.democraticprogress.org/publications-2/world-conflict-database/
The Democratic Progress Institute carried out a Comparative Study Visit to the Philippines from 20-27 June. The Southern Philippines peace process was explored in a series of roundtables held in Manila and Cotabato (Southern Philippines). The visit included 18 participants from Turkey, including Members of Parliament from each main political party; policy makers; renowned journalists […]
The Democratic Progress Institute will carry out a Comparative Study Visit to the Philippines over the next week, to explore learnings from the Southern Philippines peace process. The visit will take place in Manila and in Mindanao, and participants will include Members of Parliament from Turkey’s main political parties; as well as policy makers; renowned […]
The European Court of Human Rights today delivered a Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Chiragov and Others v. Armenia (application no. 13216/05). The applicants in this case have been represented by a legal team headed up by Catriona Vine, Deputy Director of the Democratic Progress Institute (DPI), Kerim Yildiz, Director of DPI and […]
This report details the discussion that took place during DPI’s Comparative Study Visit to Southern and Northern Ireland in April 2015. Participants in the visit included government advisors, policy makers, high level journalists and media personalities, academics and members of Turkey’s Wise Persons Commission. During the visit key actors from Northern Ireland’s peace process were […]
DPI Director Kerim Yildiz takes part in High-Level Seminar on Gender and Inclusive Mediation Processes, hosted by the United Nations DPA, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) in Helsinki on 19-21 May, together with representatives from the UN and various member states, the EU, and various civil society organisations and global […]
DPI Director Kerim Yildiz meets with US Senator George Mitchell to discuss his role of Chair of the Good Friday Agreement during DPI’s Comparative Study Visit to Ireland.
This report details the discussion that took place during the Democratic Progress Institute’s roundtable meeting in Dublin, Ireland from 15th – 18th February 2015, regarding the Irish experience of conflict resolution. During this visit, key actors from the Northern Ireland peace process were met with, and the role of the Republic of Ireland was explored […]
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DPI carried out a five day comparative study visit to Ireland last week, exploring the peace process in Northern Ireland and in particular the role played by international parties. Participants in the visit included members of Turkey’s wise persons commission, as well as high level journalists, civil society leaders, policy advisers and academics. The visit […]
This assessment by Ali Bayramoğlu outlines the author’s perspectives on the development of the solution process in Turkey over recent months, focusing on the challenges faced in relation to the resolution of the Kurdish conflict since events in Kobane in 2014, and projecting likely developments in advance of the 2015 elections. This assessment is part […]
Erik was an invaluable member of DPI’s team, and a supporter of our work for many years. His committed dedication to human rights, both in a professional and personal capacity, was tireless, and a source of inspiration to those who knew him. He will be extremely missed. Arild Humlen, DPI Board member and long term […]
DPI’s third roundtable meeting focusing on women’s role in conflict resolution, and the gendered effect of conflict, took place over four days in Dublin this week. The women only delegation in this activity included key actors from Turkey’s process, ranging from civil society leaders, academics, members of the Wise Person’s Commission, policy advisors, lawyers, and […]
This paper will seek to address why it is that, as of yet, Resolution 1325 has not been truly successful in terms of its implementation. In doing so, it will first explore the resolution’s three “pillars”: (1) participation, (2) prevention, and (3) protection, providing a platform from which to understand why it is that the […]
This brief considers the application of human rights in the theatre of war. The sources of international human rights law relevant to armed conflict are highlighted and compared with international humanitarian law. In evaluation, the practicalities of implementation of international law are assessed.
DPI Board Member, David Petrasek’s article on the question of impunity in relation to the International Criminal Court Article is published in Open Democracy this month. For further information on this article see: https://opendemocracy.net/openglobalrights/david-petrasek/icc-%E2%80%93-breach-in-dyke-or-high-water-mark
DPI marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25 November 2014 with a series of activities, including talks by expert speakers in the area of gender and conflict, film screenings and discussion. A new paper on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 has also been published, along with […]
The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI) in partnership with Istanbul Bilgi University last weekend held a roundtable meeting at Bilgi University in Istanbul, Turkey, on the subject of Language, Media and Identity in Conflict Resolution. The aim of the roundtable was to examine the role of language, media and identity in conflict resolution and democratic advancement.
DPI Afghanistan Programme: Participants from Afghanistan visited Istanbul and Ankara for a series of Roundtable meetings this October, including in Turkey’s parliament and at SETA, and including a dinner reception hosted by Norwegian Ambassador to Turkey, His Excellency Ambassador Janis Bjørn Kanavin. […]
Laurie Nathan, Director of the Centre for Mediation at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and a key actor in the South African process of reconciliation, was met with during DPI’s Comparative Study Visit to South Africa, as part of the Institute’s Turkey Programme.
This publication looks at comparative conflict resolution processes internationally, offering comparative perspectives from different regions. Case studies include Northern Ireland and South Africa, among others, which are examined in relation to the Kurdish Question in Turkey. Contributors include academics and experts in the field of conflict resolution experts. This book is one if the first […]
This paper examines the role that diaspora populations can play, if any, in the resolution of conflict, exploring the question from a global perspective, and looking at the various ways in which diaspora groups have intervened in conflict and contributed to conflict resolution and democratisation processes internationally. http://www.democraticprogress.org/makers-or-breakers-of-peace-the-role-of-diasporas-in-conflict-resolution/
The following is an excerpt from the interview: There were meetings arranged by one of the leading institutions on conflict resolution, the Democratic Progress Institute (DPI), in countries such as the Republic of South Africa, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Turkey, some of which you attended. Regarding the reconciliation process from the perspective of conflict […]
The Democratic Progress Institute offer three month internships and are keen for their interns to share their experiences. Many thanks to David Comley for writing this section which we hope will be of use to those thinking about applying. I started interning at the Institute just over month ago and I will be here for […]
During this visit, hosted by the Irish Government, participants from Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AK Party) met with key actors from the Irish peace process, to discuss issues relating to conflict resolution. The aim of the visit was to examine the peace process in Northern Ireland, to gain a deeper understanding of consolidating lessons […]
During this visit, hosted by the Irish Government, participants from Turkey’s Republican People’s Party (CHP) met with key actors from the Irish peace process, to discuss issues relating to conflict resolution. The aim of the visit was to examine the peace process in Northern Ireland, to gain a deeper understanding of consolidating lessons already learned […]
DPI Roundtable Meeting: The Role of Civil Society in Conflict Resolution – The Irish Experience Dublin, Ireland 9-12 April 2014 The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI) last week held a roundtable meeting in Dublin, Ireland, on the subject of Civil Society’s Role in Conflict Resolution, focusing on the Irish experience of this topic. Participants in this […]
DPI and InterMediate jointly conducted a conflict resolution focused roundtable meeting in Oslo this month with members of Syrian opposition groups.
On March 6th, DPI staff and interns commemorated International Women’s Day with film screenings, readings and discussion addressing the experiences of women in conflict zones.
The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI) last weekend held a roundtable meeting in Sanliurfa, Turkey, on the subject of the Role of Civil Society in Conflict Resolution. The aim of the roundtable was to broaden bases for dialogue among civil society within Turkey, on the subject of conflict resolution and related topics.
The Democratic Progress Institute and the Welsh Government had this week conducted a jointly organised Comparative Study Visit, that took place from 12 to 16 January 2014 in Wales, United Kingdom.
This report aims to present an examination of the current process that is taking place in Turkey, regarding the resolution of the Kurdish Conflict. Numerous individuals and organisations were met with in various regions throughout Turkey and elsewhere, to try to discern public perceptions of recent events in Turkey, commonly referred to as the ‘process’. […]
Last week a number of DPI Council of Experts members met with DPI staff at the Merrion Hotel, Dublin, for a Strategy Seminar. Forthcoming DPI activities and research were discussed.
The Democratic Progress Institute last week conducted a Comparative Study Visit to Dublin and Belfast, from 28 November to 1 December 2013. The activity was facilitated by the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. The overarching aim of the visit was to examine the role of women in conflict resolution, through examining the Northern Irish peace process. During the visit, […]
DPI is delighted to announce its membership of the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO). EPLO is the platform of European NGOs, NGO networks and think tanks which are committed to peacebuilding and the prevention of violent conflict. See here for more information on EPLO: http://www.eplo.org/
The Democratic Progress Institute and Berghof Foundation had this week conducted a jointly organised Comparative Study Visit, that took place from 21 to 24 October 2013 in Berlin, Germany.
DPI Roundtable Meeting: ‘The role of Women in Conflict Resolution’ Van, Turkey, 28 September 2013 The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI), in conjunction with Yüzüncü Yıl University, this weekend held a roundtable meeting in Van, Turkey, on the subject of the Role of Women in Conflict Resolution. The aim of the roundtable was to broaden bases […]
DPI is pleased to announce a new Council of Experts Member, Dermot Ahern. Dermot Ahern is a Former Irish Member of Parliament and Government Minister and was a key figure for more than 20 years in the Irish peace process, including in negotiations for the Good Friday Agreement and the St Andrews Agreement. He also has extensive […]
The Democratic Progress Institute are always really keen to make sure King’s students know all about the 3 month internships they offer and often get their interns to share their experiences with us. Thanks to King’s student Alice Curci for this post which should certainly whet your appetite to apply! I came to know about the […]
During this visit, hosted by the Irish Government, participants from Turkey’s BDP party met with key actors from the Irish peace process, to discuss issues relating to conflict resolution.
The paper summarizes and analyses the Good Friday Agreement as a centrepiece of the Northern Irish conflict resolution process.
The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI) this weekend held a roundtable meeting at Mardin University, Turkey, on the subject of the relationship between the State and the Media (both local and national), and its effect of this on conflict resolution.
This paper provides a comprehensive background on the Colombian peace process and identifies key elements necessary to improve the chances of a successful resolution to the conflict.
Participants returned yesterday from the Democratic Progress Institute’s Comparative Study Visit to South Africa, which was hosted by the South African government, and took place from 30th April – 7th May 2013. The aim of the visit was to explore the South African experience of conflict resolution and the transition to democracy. Participants in the […]
At the invitation of the South African Government, DPI is organising a Comparative Study Visit to South Africa, to take place from 30th April – 7th May 2013, which will explore South African experience of conflict resolution and the transition to democracy. Participants in the visit will include Members of Parliament from Turkey’s ruling Justice […]
DPI Council of Experts member Jonathan Powell speaking at a conference in Diyarbakir, Turkey, in April 2013. Fellow DPI Council of Experts member Cengiz Çandar was moderator of the event.
‘The Role of Civil Society in Conflict Resolution’ – Roundtable meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, 6 April 2012. The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI) this weekend held a roundtable meeting at Point Hotel, in Istanbul, Turkey, on the subject of civil society’s role in conflict resolution. Among participants were some of Turkey’s most renowned journalists and media personalities, […]
Linguistic minorities and the majorities with whom they co-exist have traditionally been embroiled in conflict. In the last decades of the twentieth-century the European Union opened dialogue with, and offered support to the minorities in the context of an emerging European citizenship and deeper European integration. Although the process of EU integration has faltered, at […]
This report details the discussion that took place during the Democratic Progress Institute’s roundtable meeting in Istanbul, Turkey on 14th November 2012, regarding the role that local media can play in conflict resolution. The media are crucial actors in peace building and democratic reform at local, national and international levels, and can influence and shape […]
DPI Strategic Retreat – Held at Hintlesham Hall, Ipswich on the 4-5 February 2013. DPI staff, Board of Directors and a number of Council of Experts members spent a two-day Strategic Retreat in Suffolk this month.
This paper aims to examine and compare the sources of conflict and processes of negotiation and conflict resolution within the southern Philippines in relation to the communities and insurgent groups in Muslim areas of Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago. To download the paper as a PDF, please click here. Downloads of all other DPI publications are available here.
Written by Ned Thomas, this expert paper aims to examine and compare the sources of conflict and processes of negotiation and conflict resolution within the Spanish state in relation to the autonomous communities of Catalonia and Euskadi – roughly from the death of Franco in 1975 up to the 2012 elections in both these communities. While the years of […]
This paper by Cengiz Çandar, published today, considers two major issues currently faced by Turkey: that of the Kurdish Question and that of the Syrian predicament.
Two new working papers have been published today and are now available to download from our publications section. ‘Civil Society Mediation in Conflict Resolution’ examines the suitability of different civil society actors as mediators in conflict resolution both as part of the official process and independently through an exploration traditional mediator characteristics exemplified through case studies of Northern Ireland and […]
The Commission on Devolution in Wales (also known as the Silk Commission) is an independent commission with the aim of reviewing the case for devolution of fiscal powers to the Welsh Assembly. A landmark report was produced by the commission this month, which recommends devolving tax and borrowing powers to the National Assembly. The report […]
DPI has published two expert research papers which are now available to download via our publications section.
We are currently seeking to recruit voluntary interns to work 3-5 days per week. Internships generally last for three months unless agreed otherwise. Unfortunately, DPI is not able to offer any financial compensation to interns and so these positions are unpaid. The positions are general internships which will involve a wide variety of duties depending […]
‘The Role of Local Media in Conflict Resolution’ – Roundtable meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, 14 November 2012 The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI) yesterday held a roundtable meeting at Cezayir conference centre, in Istanbul, Turkey, on the subject of the local media’s role in conflict resolution. Among participants were Members of Parliament; some of Turkey’s most renowned […]
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, […]
‘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 […]
‘THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN CONFLICT RESOLUTION DPI today held a Roundtable meeting at the Çırağan Palace Hotel, in Istanbul, Turkey. Among participants were Members of Parliament from all of Turkey’s main political parties, some of Turkey’s most renowned journalists and media personalities, representatives from civil society including leaders of women’s groups, a […]
DPI recently organised a seminar and roundtable discussion, which took place at Oxon Hoath Manor, Kent, United Kingdom, from 24th – 26th June 2012. The seminar included talks by international experts in the area of constitution building, including Prof. Dr. Mithat Sancar and Prof. Dr. Sevtap Yokuş, constitutional law experts from Turkey; as well as Prof. […]
‘LANGUAGE, CULTURAL AND IDENTITY RIGHTS, AND DEVOLUTION IN WALES’ DPI recently organised a Comparative Study Visit to Wales, United Kingdom, which began on 21st June and was completed on 24th June 2012. The visit was hosted by the Welsh Government, and included numerous roundtable discussions with participants and key note speakers, in government buildings […]
Yesterday evening, the DPI comparative study visit to Wales, United Kingdom began with a welcome dinner for particpants held in London at Lincoln\’s Inn. The dinner was hosted by Sir Kieran Prendergast and guests included Jonathan Powell, speaker Ned Thomas and the comparative study participants. Today, the group are traveling to Cardiff for the next […]
DPI is organising a seminar and roundtable discussion, to take place at Oxon Hoath Manor, Kent, United Kingdom, from 24th – 26th June 2012. This seminar will include talks by international experts in the area of constitution building, and will include roundtable discussions with participants. Invitees include journalists, academics, civil society representatives and Members of […]
‘LANGUAGE, CULTURAL AND IDENTITY RIGHTS, AND DEVOLUTION IN WALES’ DPI is organising a Comparative Study Visit to Wales, United Kingdom, to take place from 21st – 24th June 2012. This visit will be hosted by the Welsh Government, and will include numerous roundtable discussions with participants and key note speakers, to take place in government […]
Now available to download is an English language report on the DPI Roundtable on the Role of Media in Conflict, which took place in Istanbul in April 2012. The report provides a detailed account of all discussions that took place during the roundtable, and includes talks by international experts and practitioners in the fields of Media […]
DPI today hosted a roundtable event at Cezayir, Galatasaray in Istanbul (Saturday 28th April 2012). Participants included journalists, academics, civil society representatives and Members of Parliament. Panel speakers at the event were Don Macintyre of The Independentnewspaper in the United Kingdom; Dr. Peter Busch of King’s College London; and Prof. Dr. Yasemin İnceoğlu of Galatasaray University. The […]
DPI’s forthcoming roundtable event will take place at Galatasaray University in Istanbul on Saturday 28th April 2012. Participants will include journalists, academics and civil society representatives. Panel speakers will include Don Macintyre of The Independent newspaper in the United Kingdom; Dr. Peter Busch of King’s College London; and Prof. Dr. Yasemin İnceoğlu of Galatasaray University. The […]