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Roundtable Report: The Role of Media in Conflict Resolution. Dublin & Belfast, 16-19 October, 2018.

09/03/2019

On 16th October 2018, DPI brought a diverse group of members of the mainstream and alternative Turkish media to Dublin and Belfast to examine the role and place of the media in conflict resolution. Following on from our April meeting of the same theme, this roundtable provided a timely opportunity for participants to discuss ways in which the media can contribute to the advancement of democratic and peaceful dialogue in resolution processes.

This roundtable was part of a series of activities planned in the context of the project: ‘Supporting inclusive dialogue at a challenging time in Turkey’, supported by the EU and the Irish, Dutch and Norwegian governments

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DPI Roundtable Report: Lessons Learnt from International Experiences in Conflict Resolution, Ankara 28-30 September 2018.

04/02/2019

On 29 September, DPI held a roundtable meeting on ‘Lessons learnt from international experiences in conflict resolution’ in Ankara, Turkey.  The meeting brought together a diverse group of more than 50 participants including politicians and policy-makers, civil society actors, academics and journalists, to discuss experiences from peace and transition processes around the world, which offer useful and relevant examples of principles, models and approaches that can guide conflict resolution and democratic advancement. The meeting provided a timely opportunity to review and refresh memories and understanding of the benefits of peace and the nature of peace-making processes. It also served as reminder of the importance of preserving the foundations for inclusive dialogue between different parties and different groups in society even in the most challenging times.

The roundtable was part of the project ‘Supporting inclusive dialogue at a challenging time in Turkey’, supported by the EU and the Irish, Dutch and Norwegian governments.

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Roundtable Report: The Role of Media in Conflict Resolution. Oslo, 25-27 April, 2018.

01/02/2019

From April 25-27, DPI held a roundtable meeting in Oslo to discuss the role of media in conflict resolution. The diverse group of participants comprised prominent members of both the mainstream and alternative media in Turkey who engaged in a fruitful and insightful discussions drawing on the international experiences from both the Colombian and Northern Ireland peace processes.

This roundtable was part of a series of activities planned in the context of the project: ‘Supporting inclusive dialogue at a challenging time in Turkey’, supported by the EU and the Irish, Dutch and Norwegian governments

Comparative Study Visit Report: Public Engagement in Conflict Resolution Processes. Oslo, 24-27 May 2018

19/12/2018

From May 24-27, DPI help a Comparative Study Visit meeting discussing ‘Public Engagement in Conflict Resolution Processes’ with members of Turkey’s Wise Persons’ Committee in Oslo. The meeting was hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and attended by representatives from the ministry as well as the EU. Speakers included Roelf Meyer, former  Chief Negotiator for the South African Government, Teresita Quintos Deles, former Presidential Advisor on the Philippines Peace Process as well as Idun Tvedt, Norwegian Special Representative for the Philippines peace process  and Norwegian Special Envoy to the Colombian Peace Process, Dag Nylander.

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Roundtable Report: Women’s role in dialogue and conflict resolution in challenging times: Working together to address issues of common interest. Istanbul, 2-4 March, 2018

29/11/2018

From March 2-4, 2018 DPI held a Roundtable meeting discussing ‘Women’s role in dialogue and conflict resolution in challenging times: Working together to address issues of common interest’ in Istanbul. The meeting was attended by Christian Berger, EU Ambassador to Turkey and Brendan Ward, Irish Ambassador to Turkey as well as speakers from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UN. Please click the link below to download the report.

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Roundtable Report: Dialogue in Difficult Times – The Role of Civil Society in Conflict Resolution Processes. Dublin, October 25-27, 2017.

19/01/2018

On 25-27th October, DPI held a roundtable meeting in Dublin which drew on experiences from Northern Ireland’s conflict and peace process to focus on the role of civil society in conflict resolution processes, particularly in the course of challenging times.

The visit took place over three days in Dublin with a one-day roundtable structured around a comparative study of Ireland’s experience hosted by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The roundtable incorporated sessions with civil society actors from Northern Ireland and Ireland, as well as sessions with senior members of the Irish government and other stakeholders and negotiators, who had experience in navigating several challenging periods before the peace agreement in 1998.

Participants comprised a diverse group drawn from across Turkey’s civil society including from leading human rights and women’s organisations, as well as from the business, legal, media, and academic worlds and represented a broad spectrum of different political affiliations in Turkey

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Roundtable Report: The Role of Women in Peace Processes and Conflict Resolution A Comparative Case Study of Northern Ireland. Ankara, July 29, 2017.

23/10/2017

On Saturday, 29 July 2017, DPI held a roundtable meeting in Ankara, Turkey to discuss the role of women in conflict resolution from the comparative example of Northern Ireland. Participants included Members of Parliament, prominent journalists, leading academics, constitutional lawyers, and representatives of women’s business organisations. 

Speakers Avila Kilmurray and Jane Morrice, two founding members of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, discussed topics relating to UNSCR 1325, the role of the European Union in Northern Ireland’s peace process, attempts to integrate the education system, challenges faced by the Women’s Coalition, representation of women at the negotiating table, and strategies for coping with resistance to women’s involvement.

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Comparative Study Visit Report: Peace & the Economy – The Role of Business and the Private Sector in Peace Processes. Dublin and Belfast, July 10-13, 2017.

31/08/2017

 From July 10 to 13th 2017  DPI carried out a comparative study visit to Dublin and Belfast for senior members of Turkey’s business community to learn about the role of business in the Northern Ireland peace process and the effect of peace on the economy.  Topics discussed included the benefits of peace for the Northern Ireland economy, how businesses influenced the peace process, the role of social enterprises in building community cohesion, cross-border trade between Ireland and Northern Ireland, and the role of sports organisations in conflict resolution. 

The delegation attended meetings in Dublin and at Iveagh House with business people involved in cross-border trade, journalists and diplomats including Mr Bertie Ahern, former Irish PM, and Mr Dermot Ahern, former Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence. In Belfast, the delegation met with business people directly involved in the peace process, academics, and representatives of Northern Ireland’s social enterprise sector. This was the first meeting of business representatives hosted by DPI with future activities forthcoming to build upon the discussions and topics of this seminal visit.

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March 2017 Ankara Roundtable Report: Dialogue in Difficult Times: The Cases of Northern Ireland and the Philippines

26/06/2017

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. This inclusive roundtable was the first event organised by DPI in Turkey since the attempted military coup d’état, therefore, the focal theme was dialogue in difficult times.

The roundtable explored the peace process experiences, with their setbacks and challenges, of Northern Ireland and the Philippines. Through analysing the lessons learned from the peace process of the two countries, the engaging discussions emphasised the significance of building trust and confidence on all sides, the role of third parties, and the importance of maintaining dialogue throughout the process.

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Comparative Study Visit: UNSCR 1325 and the Role of Women in the Peace Process, Dublin Belfast, December 2016

30/03/2017

In December, DPI delivered a Comparative Study Visit to Ireland for women participants. The Comparative Study Visit  cohort of 16 included MPs from different parties, journalists, academics and peace activists as well as women working in think-tanks and cultural heritage. This wide range of occupations encouraged a variety of perspectives on the experience and allowed the participants to engage with multiple angles of the Northern Irish peace process.

The six-day agenda was heavily packed and included stays in both Dublin and Belfast. In Dublin, the participants enjoyed  a Roundtable discussion with Dr David Mitchell, an Assistant Professor in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation at Trinity College who has written extensively on the Northern Irish peace process.  Following this, the Conflict Resolution department of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade hosted a Roundtable on their National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325, before providing a guided tour of Dáil Éireann, the Irish parliament. The last major event in Dublin was a Roundtable with parliamentarians of the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence, Equality and Women’s Rights.

 

DPI Roundtable Meeting: “Conflict, Crisis and the Role of the Media”, November 2016

13/02/2017

The following is a summary of the discussions that took place during DPI’s recent Roundtable meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, from 18 to 20 November 2016. The roundtable addressed the topic of ‘Conflict, Crisis and the Role of the Media’, with a particular focus on the cases of Northern Ireland and Colombia.

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Roundtable Meeting: ‘Conflict, Crisis and the role of the Media’, Geneva, 18-20 November 2016

22/11/2016

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 Bowcott, former Ireland correspondent at the Guardian, and James LeMoyne, former UN Special Representative to the Secretary-General on Colombia, and war correspondent.

Speakers focused on comparative learnings from the experiences of conflict resolution in Northern Ireland and Colombia. The significant role of peace journalism and peace language within the media were salient threads throughout the discussions. Participants identified the issues of ethics and terminology in journalism as common priorities to work on in Turkey. In addition, participants were unanimous in their desire to broaden the base for dialogue and open new channels of communication with all groups in Turkey’s society.

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Roundtable Meeting: “Keeping dialogue alive – How to get a process back on track in the aftermath of a major crisis?” Dublin, Dundalk and Belfast, 7-11 October 2016

25/10/2016

The following report summarises the discussions that took place during DPI’s recent roundtable meeting in Ireland, which comprised a series of talks that took place in Dublin, Dundalk and Belfast from 7 to 11 October 2016. The visit focussed on addressing the topic of ‘How to get a process back on track in the aftermath of a major crisis?’ It explored this question in the context of the Irish experience of conflict resolution, and from a gendered perspective.

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Roundtable Meeting: ‘Incorporating and Integrating Women in Peace processes and Conflict Resolution’, Ankara, 15-17 July 2016

08/08/2016

The following report outlines the key points of discussion during DPI’s recent roundtable in Ankara on the topic of women’s incorporation and inclusion in peace processes. This took place against the backdrop of an attempted military coup on the first day of the activity, and further activities of this kind allowing for inclusive national dialogue in Turkey will take place over the coming months.

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Comparative Study Visit on Police Reform and Accountability: London and Belfast, 9 – 13 May 2016

05/08/2016

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 contexts of Great Britain’s and Northern Ireland’s experiences. This visit took place in the context of the very recent establishment of a Policing Ombudsman body in Turkey, which has sparked debate on policy and practice in relation to police monitoring mechanisms. The aim of the visit was therefore to address the challenges related to establishing such a body, including overcoming bureaucratic limitations, issues related to impunity, and deciding on a structure that answers the needs of a multicultural and historically divided society in post conflict contexts such as that of Northern Ireland. PODEM and DPI’s objective in bringing together experts and practitioners in the field of police reform and oversight within Turkey, including academics and members of Turkey’s police academy, was to gain insight into the mechanisms and practices necessary to achieve robust police accountability structures, and to acquire in-depth knowledge of the criteria for success and best practice in this area.

The visit was attended by 8 participants, including representatives from both PODEM and DPI, as well as academics and experts in the field of police reform and accountability, and practitioners from Turkey’s police academy. As well as meeting with speakers from the office of the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman, the Northern Ireland Policing Board, the UK’s Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), the Northern Ireland Office and the Department of Justice, as well as former senior police officers and experts in the area of police reform, participants took part in a field trip to the interface areas of Belfast, and met with former political prisoners from both Nationalist and Unionist communities, to gain deeper insight into the historical context of Northern Ireland’s conflict.

For further information on the visit please visit our partner organisation, PODEM’s website: http://podem.org.tr/en/etkinlik/democratic-police-monitoring-and-oversight-mechanisms-study-tour-to-england-and-northern-ireland/

 

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Conflict Resolution in Colombia – The Havana Talks and Beyond: A Comparative Study Visit Report 16 – 23 April 2016

29/04/2016

The Democratic Progress Institute carried out a comparative study visit to Colombia from 16-23 April 2016, 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 including government Head negotiator Frank Pearl and facilitator Senator Iván Cepeda. Also met with were important civil society actors, regional heads of government, and experts in the field of conflict resolution. The visit took place in Bogotá, Colombia’s capital, and in San Jan de Pasto, one of Colombia’s most conflict affected areas in the region of Nariño. Participants in this visit included senior members from all of Turkey’s main political parties, policy makers, senior government advisors, human rights lawyers, popular public figures, well known journalists, academics and civil society leaders including members of Turkey’s wise persons committee. The visit was hosted by the Colombian government and carried out with the kind assistance of the Presidential Office.

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Getting a process back on track in challenging times: A Comparative Study Visit Report – Dublin, Dundalk, Belfast, 19th-24th March 2016

08/04/2016

The Democratic Progress Institute 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 from a gendered perspective, examining in particular the experiences of women in conflict and in conflict resolution, and topics relating to women’s incorporation into, and role in, peace processes. Speakers for the visit included government representatives from both the Irish and British governments, founding members of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, former political prisoners from different communities, political actors from various parties in Northern Ireland including Sinn Féin and the Democratic Unionist Party, religious and civil society leaders, experts in the areas of transitional justice and gender, integrated education and media and conflict.  Participants in the visit included parliamentarians from different political parties, media representatives, civil society actors, academics, and policy advisors from across the political spectrum in Turkey. The visit was hosted with the kind facilitation of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and has received significant media coverage in Turkey.

 

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Getting a process back on track – a continued conversation on international experiences – Bilgi University, Istanbul, 28 November 2015

16/03/2016

The Democratic Progress Institute carried out a Roundtable Meeting addressing the topic ‘Getting a Process Back on Track’. The following is a summary of the discussion that occurred during the Roundtable Meeting jointly held by İstanbul Bilgi University’s Centre for Conflict Resolution Studies, and the Democratic Progress Institute, in Istanbul on 28 November 2015. The Istanbul meeting allowed for a continuation of the conversation started in a previous DPI roundtable held in Ankara on 3 October 2015, examining the possibilities for bringing the process ‘back on track’. This subject remains of critical relevance to Turkey, and further analysis and dialogue is needed in this area.

 

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Getting a Process Back on Track: Roundtable Meeting, Ankara, Turkey, 3rd October 2015

10/11/2015

The following is a summary of the conversation that took place during DPI’s recent Roundtable Meeting, held in Ankara, Turkey on 3 October 2015 and addressing the topic of ‘Getting a Process Back on Track’. Identifying the need for a platform for relevant dialogue and discussion, the Roundtable focused on exploring the ways in which to bring a process ‘back on track’ when it has become derailed or is facing significant challenges such as those being faced in the context of Turkey’s resolution process today.

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Keeping a Peace Process on Track: A Comparative Study Visit Report 19th-23rd April 2015

01/10/2015

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 Committee. During the visit key actors from Northern Ireland’s peace process were met with, in Dublin, Dundalk and Belfast. Speakers included former Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, former Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern, and Chair of the Good Friday Agreement, US Senator George Mitchell.

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Comparative Study to the Philippines, 20-27th June 2015

10/08/2015

This report documents the discussions carried out during DPI’s Comparative Study Visit to the Philippines from 20-27 June 2015. The Southern Philippines peace process was explored in a series of roundtables held in Manila and Cotabato (Southern Philippines), and the visit included 18 participants from Turkey, including Members of Parliament from each main political party; policy makers; renowned journalists and media personalities; senior academics and members of Turkey’s Wise Persons Committee. The report details the meetings that took place between participants and key actors from the Philippines process including government actors and representatives of governmental bodies including the Office of the Presidential Advisor on the Peace Process; the Governor of Bangsamoro and the Bangsamoro Transition Committee; Moro Islamic Liberation Front leader and critical actors in the process; Philippines Army military leaders; peace talks negotiators; high level journalists and media personalities reporting on the process; the International Monitoring Team and International Contact Group among others.

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Comparative Study Visit to Dublin, Ireland, 15-18th February 2015

12/06/2015

This report details the discussion that took place during the Democratic Progress Institute’s roundtable meeting in Ireland from the 15th – 18th February 2015, regarding the Irish experience of conflict resolution. The delegation participating in this visit comprised women only, and was composed of high level political actors, media personalities and journalists, academics, policy makers and civil society leaders.

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The Role of Language, Identity and the Media in Conflict Resolution – Roundtable Meeting, Istanbul, Turkey, 8 November 2014

05/02/2015

This report details the discussion that took place during the Democratic Progress Institute’s roundtable meeting in Istanbul, Turkey on 8th November 2014, regarding the role of language, identity and the media in conflict resolution, which took place in partnership with İstanbul Bilgi University. Language and identity are root causes of many conflicts globally, but also play an important role in peace building and democratic advancement at local, national and international levels. This roundtable meeting examined the role of language, media and identity in conflict, the challenges of implementing linguistic diversity, and the politics of language and mother tongue education. We hope that this record of the discussions that took place in Istanbul will encourage further dialogue on the role of language, media and identity in different conflict resolution processes.

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Comparative Study Visit Series for Parliamentarians, Ireland, 17th July 2013 – 31st May 2014

30/07/2014

This report details three high-level Comparative Study Visits to Ireland, organised by the Democratic Progress Institute. The aim of these visits was to bring delegates from each of Turkey’s main political parties to discuss the general topic of conflict resolution in the context of the Northern Ireland peace process along with the specific interests of each delegation. These small visits were designed to allow participants from each of the main political parties in Turkey to be able to speak frankly and openly with those who had been involved in the peace process in Northern Ireland. Each visit was facilitated with the kind assistance of the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, and was hosted by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs.

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The Role of Civil Society in Conflict Resolution – The Irish Experience: Roundtable Meeting, Dublin, Ireland, 9th – 11th April 2014

30/07/2014

This report details the activities and roundtable discussion which took place during the Democratic Progress Institute’s Comparative Study visit to Dublin, Ireland from 9th – 11th April 2014, carried out in partnership with the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation and hosted by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs. The study focused on The Role of Civil Society in Conflict Resolution with a focus on the Northern Ireland peace process.

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The Role of Civil Society in Conflict Resolution, Roundtable Meeting in Urfa, Turkey, 1st March 2014

25/04/2014

This report details the discussion that took place during the Democratic Progress Institute’s roundtable meeting in Urfa, Turkey on 1st March 2014, regarding the role of civil society in conflict resolution. Civil society has become widely recognised as a crucial actor in peace building and democratic reform at local, national and international levels. This roundtable meeting, the second of its kind to be organised by DPI on the subject of civil society, examined issues of civil society’s engagement with conflict resolution, the challenges of mobilising civil society, and the importance of civil society in democratic processes. We hope that this record of the discussions that took place in Urfa will encourage further dialogue on the role civil society can play in different conflict resolution processes.

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Language, Culture and Identity in Wales, A Comparative Study Visit Report, 13th – 16th January 2014

25/04/2014

This report details the activities and roundtable discussions experienced during the Democratic Progress Institute’s Comparative Study visit to Cardiff, Wales from 12th to 16th January 2014. The study focused on the subjects of Language, Culture and Identity in Wales, in the context of devolution. We hope that this visit will be valuable for participants, and that it will contribute to ongoing discussions in Turkey.

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The Role of Women in Conflict Resolution Comparative Study Visit Report, Ireland, 28th November – 2nd December 2013

08/01/2014

This report details the discussion that took place during the Democratic Progress Institute’s roundtable meeting in Ireland from the 28th November – 2nd December 2013, regarding the role that women can play in conflict resolution. The importance of the role of women and their contribution to peace processes is increasingly being recognised by the international community. This roundtable discussion is one of a series of the Institute’s Turkey seminars on gender and conflict resolution.

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The Role of Women in Conflict Resolution, Roundtable Meeting, Van, 28th September 2013

20/12/2013

This report details the discussion that took place during the Democratic Progress Institute’s roundtable meeting in Van, Turkey on 28th November 2013, regarding the role that women can play in conflict resolution. The importance of the role of women and their contribution to peace processes is increasingly being recognised by the international community. This roundtable discussion is one of a series of the Institute’s Turkey seminars on gender and conflict resolution.

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Comparative Study Visit to Berlin, Germany, 21th October– 24th October 2013

20/12/2013

This report provides a record of all meetings that took place during the Comparative Study Visit to Germany, which was jointly conducted by The Democratic Progress Institute and the Berghof Foundation in October 2013 and was hosted by the German Federal Foreign Office. The overarching aim of the visit was to provide a platform for influential policy makers, media representatives, civil society and key politicians from each of Turkey’s main political parties to learn about the German model of governance. During the visit, a number of roundtable discussions with high-profile German politicians took place, as well as visits to German governmental bodies including the German Parliament. Speakers included internationally recognised conflict transformation experts.

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The Relationship between State and Media and its effect on Conflict Resolution, 29 June 2013

13/11/2013

This report details the discussion that took place during the Democratic Progress Institute’s roundtable meeting in Mardin, Turkey on 29th June 2013, regarding the relationship between the State and the Media, particularly in conflict resolution processes.

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Post Apartheid Reconciliation and Coexistence in South Africa: A Comparative Studies Visit Report 30th April-7th May 2013

07/11/2013

This report details the activities and roundtable discussions experienced during our visit to South Africa, from 30th April to 7th May 2013.The study focused on the subjects of post-apartheid reconciliation and coexistence in South Africa. We hope that this series of Comparative Studies will be valuable for participants, and that it will contribute to ongoing discussion in Turkey.

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Why Civil Society and Conflict Resolution?: Roundtable Meeting, Istanbul, 6th April 2013

11/09/2013

This report details the discussion that took place during the Democratic Progress Institute and the Berghof Foundation’s roundtable meeting in Istanbul, Turkey on 6th April 2013, regarding the role that civil society can play in conflict resolution. Civil society is a crucial actor in peace building and democratic reform at local, national and international levels, and can influence and shape debate.

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The Role of Local Media in Conflict Resolution: Roundtable Meeting, Istanbul, 14th November 2012

19/02/2013

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 debate.

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The Role of Women in Conflict Resolution: Roundtable Meeting, Istanbul, 19th September 2012

12/11/2012

This report details the discussion that took place in Istanbul, Turkey on 19th September 2012 regarding the role that women can play in conflict resolution. Women are crucial stakeholders in peacebuilding and democratic reform and yet they are too often side-lined because of entrenched gender biases. We hope that this record of the discussions that took place during this roundtable will provide a step towards tackling issues surrounding gender bias and help to shed some light on the importance of women in conflict resolution.

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Constitution Making in a Divided Society: Roundtable Meeting, Kent, 24th – 26th June 2012

12/11/2012

This report details the activities and roundtable discussions experienced during our visit to in Kent, United Kingdom, from 24th June to 26th June 2012. This activity focused on the subjects of constitution making processes in South Africa and Turkey, with a view to discuss ideas as to how Turkey may improve its constitution making process.

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Language, Identity & Cultural Rights and Devolution in Wales: A Comparative Study Visit Report 20th – 24th June 2012

12/11/2012

This report details the activities and roundtable discussions experienced during DPI’s Comparative Study visit to Cardiff, Wales from 20th June to 24th June 2012. The study focused on the subjects of Language, Identity and Cultural Rights and Devolution in Wales. It concludes DPI’s series of Comparative Study visits to the United Kingdom and Ireland (including London, Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin), all of which have been hosted by the governments of each location visited. We hope that this series of Comparative Studies will be valuable for participants, and that it will contribute to ongoing discussion in Turkey.

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DPI Roundtable: Evaluation of Comparative Studies and International Experiences

17/10/2012

This first section of this report details DPI’s roundtable discussions held in London, Belfast and Edinburgh, from the 22nd-29thJuly 2011. As the first in the series of comparative study visits, the goal of this trip was to bring together representatives from different political parties, academics, journalists and civil society activists to share the experiences of the countries visited. It was an unprecedented accomplishment; for the first time, politicians from opposing parties came together (with academics, journalists and civil society representatives) to travel and discuss the issues raised by the shared experiences of the United Kingdom.

The second section details DPI’s roundtable discussions held in Dublin, Ireland, from 27th November – 1st December, 2011. The discussions focused on the subject of conflict resolution and the peace process in Ireland, and formed the second in a series of round tables that began with visits to London, Belfast and Edinburgh in July 2011.

The final section details DPI’s roundtable discussions held in Polonezköy, Turkey, from the 9th-11th March, 2012. The discussions focused on an evaluation of the comparative studies that had taken place in the preceding months in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The aim was to identify the key lessons learned from these trips and to decide how best to build on these experiences to make a substantive contribution to DPI’s Turkey programme. On Friday 9th of March, participants arrived at Polonezköy, where they began proceedings with an evening meal filled with lively discussion. Talk on the following two days focused on an evaluation of the comparative study trips and the question of how to expand DPI’s work in the future. All participants made substantive contributions to the ensuing conversation.

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DPI Roundtable: The Role of Media in Conflict, Istanbul, Turkey

17/10/2012

This report gives a record of the roundtable meeting entitled ‘The Role of the Media in Conflict’ held in Istanbul on 28 April, 2012. This report details both the speeches given by guest experts in media and journalism, as well as contributions and reflections from the participants during the roundtable discussion. We hope that this report can be utilised as a resource for media professional and civil society members in Turkey, for recognising the challenges that journalism faces as well as recommending a way forward.

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Turkey: Comparative Studies Visit to the United Kingdom – Conflict Resolution

17/10/2012

Report on the DPI comparative study visit to the United Kingdom that took place between 22-29th July 2011.

The goals of this trip were to bring together representatives from different political parties including the ruling party and those representing Kurdish and Turkish opposition interests, policy makers, opinion influencers, academics and journalists for roundtable/seminars to share comparative experiences.
Comparative study of post conflict societies, with experience of peace agreements and conflict resolution is a vital means of gaining information and sharing experiences. The process of devolution and constitutional arrangements are also highly relevant to the Turkish context.

It is hoped that in visiting London, Belfast, and Edinburgh and in meeting key players in the Northern Ireland peace process and UK devolution, strong sharing experiences can be drawn and comparisons made, with a view to opening up the possibility of broadening bases for peace and democratic advancement through dialogue and discussion. Issues addressed during the UK visit are detailed in this report.

Roundtables and structured discourse provided an opportunity to all parties to share knowledge, ideas, concerns and challenges in implementing a future solution to the Kurdish question in Turkey, and the study aimed to create an atmosphere whereby different parties could draw on comparative studies, analyse and compare various 15 mechanisms used to achieve positive results in similar cases across the United Kingdom.

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Turkey: Comparative Studies Visit to the Rep. of Ireland – Conflict Resolution

17/10/2012

A report on DPI’s comparative study visit to the Republic of Ireland 27th Novebmer-1st December 2011.

The aim of the visit to Dublin was to bring together the participants from the previous Comparative Studies visit (to the United Kingdom), to follow up their study of the Ireland – Northern Ireland conflict and peace process. The visit brought together representatives from each major political party (including members from the opposition and government parties) and key policy makers/influencers, journalists and academics from Turkey, with a cross section of Ireland/UK-based professionals and experts in specific subjects relevant to peace, conflict and democracy building. Topics examined in the study are relevant to the situation in Turkey and include the roles of government, media and civil society in the peace process; vocabulary of peace; and rights and identity as part of the peace process. Issues addressed during the visit to Dublin are detailed in this report.

The visit created an atmosphere where the participants were able to draw on
comparative situations, and analyse and compare various conflict resolution
mechanisms used to achieve positive results in the Irish context. Participants were given a unique opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of conflict
transformation and peace building tools. Furthermore, the roundtables and structured discourse provided an opportunity for all participants to share knowledge, ideas, concerns and challenges.

DPI fosters an environment for participants to engage in an open dialogue in order to broaden bases for peace and democratic advancement.

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Research

Assessment report by Ali Bayramoğlu: New Political Developments, the Kurdish Problem and the Near Future

13/02/2019

This assessment paper analyses the possible effects of the upcoming March 2019 elections on the political system and the trajectory of the Kurdish issue within this framework. The author argues that due to the securitization of Turkey’s dominant political discourse, the March 2019 local elections will be dominated by a discourse of besiegement and will unlikely produce a change in power due to the strategic interdependence of the AKP and MHP, and the current ideological unity of the two parties. The possibilities for a resolution of the Kurdish issue in the context of both current political dynamics with Turkey and regional developments, particularly in Syria, are also considered in this paper. This report was prepared for DPI by Ali Bayramoğlu. The author is a distinguished writer and political commentator. He is a member of DPI’s Council of Experts and a former member of the Wise Person’s Committee in Turkey. The views and opinions expressed in this assessment are his own and do not necessarily reflect the official position of DPI.

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Research report by Ana Villellas Ariño, María Villellas Ariño, and Pamela Urrutia Arestizábal on “The Experience of Ahotsak: Women’s Dialogue Across the Divide in the Basque Country”

13/12/2018

This research report prepared for DPI by Ana Villellas Ariño, María Villellas Ariño, and Pamela Urrutia Arestizábal of the Escola de Cultura de Pau in the Autonomous University of Barcelona provides an analysis of the Ahotsak (Voices) movement, which emerged during the Basque conflict to facilitate further female participation in the peace process. The report tracks the growth of the Ahotsak movement, from its roots in the public rapprochement of two female MPs from opposite ends of the political divide, to its expansion into the Basque parliament and civil society. The report also tracks the obstacles that faced the peace process, such as violence carried out by the separatist ETA group, and details how Ahotsak worked around this to maintain the dialogue at during difficult times. The report exemplifies the effectiveness of increased female participation in peace processes, and the way a mutual goal of peace can propel people to work across political divides. The authors conclude that although there are conflicting opinions about whether the movement has permanently disappeared or is on standby, it has helped propel the emergence of other platforms that promote the role of women in transforming conflicts. The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of DPI.

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Assessment report by Ali Bayramoğlu: The Beginning of the Presidential Era and Turkey’s Future

27/09/2018

This report provides an assessment of Turkey’s political landscape following the June 2018 parliamentary and presidential elections and reflects on the implications of these post-election balances for Turkey’s politics, its potential trajectory, and critical challenges such as the Kurdish issue. Following an analysis of the sociological and political implications of the elections, including a detailed analysis of voter patterns and profiles, the report goes on to discuss the political meaning of the election results and the first presidential acts following the shift from a parliamentary to presidential system. The report is the latest in a series prepared for DPI by prominent writer, columnist and former Wise Persons’ Committee Member, Ali Bayramoğlu. The views and opinions expressed in this assessment are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of DPI.

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Assessment report by Prof. Dr. Sevtap Yokuş: Elections and the Presidential System in Turkey

07/09/2018

This latest assessment prepared for DPI by Prof. Dr. Sevtap Yokuş provides an analysis of the June 2018 presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey and considers the potential impact of the structural transformation from a parliamentary to a presidential system of government on the checks and balances between government bodies, with reference to latest examples from practice. Methods of democratising politics as a means of balancing power under current circumstances and the development of local self-government in Turkey as a democratic mechanism that can serve social peace are then discussed. The author concludes that in order for Turkey to restart on a course of democratisation diverse voices including economic actors, civil society organisations and opposition parties all need to make more concerted demands for democratisation, freedoms, and the resolution of the conflict through political means. Sevtap Yokuş is Professor at the Department of Constitutional Law, Altinbaş University. The views and opinions expressed in this assessment are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of DPI.

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Assessment report by Ali Bayramoğlu: A Survey of Turkish Politics Spring 2018

16/05/2018

This assessment prepared for DPI by prominent writer, columnist and former Wise Persons’ Committee Member, Ali Bayramoğlu, explores the internal and external dimensions of the current political situation in Turkey and assesses the country’s direction and likely scenarios in terms of its political order and foreign policy. The paper contributes to DPI’s ongoing evaluation of the situation in Turkey which takes into account different views and perspectives, at a time of significant political change, both externally and internally, and not least in the run-up to elections in June 2018. The views and opinions expressed in the assessment are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of DPI.

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Assessment Report by Prof. Dr. Erol Katırcıoğlu: Political and Economic Trends 2002-2017 Implications for Conflict Resolution in Turkey

13/11/2017

This assessment by Turkish economist Prof. Dr. Erol Katırcıoğlu’s provides an economic as well as political and sociological perspective to the Kurdish issue and prospects for conflict resolution in Turkey. Using available statistical data to analyse trends in public expenditure in predominantly Kurdish provinces against political voting patterns and indicators of governance, the study challenges the position that resolution of the Kurdish issue lies in economic development alone. Rather, a political solution is required to address the identity-related demands of the Kurdish population. This report contributes to DPI’s ongoing appraisal of the situation on the ground in Turkey,  which  takes  into  account  different  views  and  perspectives. It is one of a number of assessments on the topic of the Kurdish resolution process undertaken by a diverse range of experts both in the region and internationally at a time of significant political change. The views and opinions expressed in this assessment are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of DPI.

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Assessment report by Ali Bayramoğlu: Politics and the Kurdish Problem in Turkey After the Constitutional Reform

13/09/2017

This report provides an assessment of Turkey’s political structures and climate following the constitutional referendum of 16 April 2017. It considers possibilities of a potential resolution process or return to politics with regard to the Kurdish issue, and analyses the opportunities, situations and actors that might actualize this potential. This assessment was prepared for the Democratic progress Institute by prominent writer, columnist, and Member of Turkey’s  Wise  Persons’ Committee, Ali Bayramoğlu. The views and opinions expressed in this report are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of DPI.

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The Role of Business in Northern Ireland’s Peace Process

24/08/2017

This research paper focuses on the role and actions of the private sector and business community in contributing to the Northern Ireland peace process. 

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Analysis by Sevtap Yokuş: TÜRKİYE’DE 2017 ANAYASA DEĞİŞİKLİKLERİ VE ÇÖZÜM SÜRECİ

21/04/2017

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Constitutional Amendments in Turkey 2017 and the process of resolution

Assessment report by Ali Bayramoğlu: Turkey’s new political paradigm and the Kurdish question

03/04/2017

This analysis of the new political paradigm in Turkey was prepared for the Democratic Progress Institute (DPI) by prominent writer, columnist, and Member of Turkey’s Wise Persons’ Committee, Ali Bayramoğlu. It presents the author’s assessment of the shifting political sands and analysis of the current political situation.

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New Assessment by Ali Bayramoğlu: As Tensions Mount in Kurdish Politics

02/12/2016

This is an assessment report of recent events in Turkey by Ali Bayramoğlu. It contributes to DPI’s ongoing evaluation of on-the-ground situation in Turkey and is one of a number of assessments on the topic of the Kurdish Question, undertaken by experts both in the region and internationally.

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Security Sector Reform in Transitioning Environments: Potential and Challenges to Peace-building and Post-Conflict Transformation

08/11/2016

This paper focuses on one of the first and most important stages in peace-building and post-conflict transitional processes, namely Security Sector Reform. It does so by highlighting the importance of reshaping the security sector in order to build sustainable peace and development in the long-term, as well as stressing the need for a proper implementation of these processes to promote grassroots reconciliation and capacity building.

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Getting a peace process back on track after a crisis

30/09/2016

This paper assesses common types of crises encountered during a peace process, the challenges actors have faced and how they overcame them. 

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New Assessment by Ali Bayramoğlu: The Latest Situation on the Kurdish Front, Autumn 2015 – 2016

19/09/2016

This is an assessment report of recent events in Turkey by Ali Bayramoğlu. It contributes to DPI’s ongoing evaluation of on-the-ground situation in Turkey and is one of a number of assessments on the topic of the Kurdish Question, undertaken by experts both in the region and internationally.

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The experiences of Scottish Devolution

04/07/2016

The UK and in particular the case of Scotland, continues to provide a useful case study on questions of governance, presenting numerous topics in relation to power sharing and devolution processes. This paper is a continuation of DPI’s previous studies in this area, and presents an updated account of recent events within Scotland’s political landscape.

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DPI Briefing Note: Catalonia – from 2012 to 2016

17/06/2016

The case of Spain and Catalonia demonstrates the challenges and complex questions presented by decentralisation processes, which can be an important means by which to enhance democracy and to protect and promote the diverse cultural, economic and geographical rights and interests of different groups within a State. This paper outlines the current context in Catalonia from this perspective, observing the period from 2012-2016.

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The role of European Union accession in democratisation processes

16/06/2016

This paper presents the achievements, challenges and toolbox of the European Union in the field of democratisation. By giving an overview of the European Union’s multi-faceted approach to democracy promotion, this paper puts forward the capacity of the European Union to act as a ‘normative power’. This paper forms part of DPI’s ongoing research on democracy building and aims to support and strengthen collaboration and research on democratic advancement.

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The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Refugees, Conflict, and International Law

10/06/2016

This research paper is the result of a collaboration between DPI and Al Marsad, an independent human rights organisation with a history of engagement with refugee issues, and with whom this research paper was co-written. The paper seeks to provide readers with a comprehensive understanding of the current refugee movement crisis with a specific focus on conflict resolution, examining both the likelihood of conflict occurring, and outlining avenues in which this may be addressed. The relevant international legal frameworks, academic understandings of the relationship between refugees and conflict, and past historical precedents are provided, along with a clear overview of the refugee situation in Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey, which draws directly from the testimonies of Syrian refugees themselves. In particular, this paper explores how the dual needs of securing security and the human rights of refugees can be met together.

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DPI legal factsheet on the use of torture in conflict situations

02/06/2016

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DPI Briefing Note: Colombia Peace Talks with the ELN

29/04/2016

This briefing note gives a background of the ELN in the context of conflict in Colombia and identifies the issues to be discussed in peace negotiations with the Colombian Government.

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DPI Briefing Note: Current Peace Process in Colombia

29/04/2016

This brief provides a background to the Colombian conflict and an overview of the peace negotiations currently taking place between the Colombian government and the FARC.

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DPI Briefing Note: A Fresh Start for Northern Ireland

29/03/2016

This briefing note provides an overview of the events which led to new peace negotiations in September through November 2015 and the resulting ‘Fresh Start’ agreement.

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Counter-Terrorism Measures in Internal Armed Conflicts: the Obligations from International Law

14/03/2016

This legal briefing paper sets out the applicability of international obligations to situations of counter-terrorism or military operations in internal armed conflicts, and addresses some of the key issues arising in this complex area of international human rights law.

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DPI Briefing Paper – Minority Culture, Language and Identity in Conflict

08/03/2016

This briefing paper outlines common ways in which issues of minority language, identity, and culture affect conflict.

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The Role of Civil Society in the Basque Country Peace Process

08/03/2016

This report analyses the different organisations within Basque civil society and their roles in a conflict which has been referred to as the last armed struggle within modern Europe.

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DDR and Former Female Combatants

08/03/2016

This paper forms part of DPI’s ongoing research programmes in the areas of DDR and the gendered effects of conflict, and examines key themes and lessons learned from recent DDR experiences internationally.

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DPI Briefing Note – Child Soldiers and International Law

08/03/2016

The following Brief by DPI outlines the obligations presented by international law in regard to child soldiers, as well as some of the policy issues to be addressed in this area.

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DPI Guest Lecture and Information Brief on New Media and its role in democratic transition process

18/02/2016

DPI this week held a guest lecture on the topic of New Media and its role in democratic transition processes, with an Egyptian activist and researcher speaking on the topic. The following short briefing paper looks at the way in which the relatively new phenomenon of New Media has been observed to play a pivotal part in political dialogue and democratic transition globally, especially amongst (but not limited to) youth; a trend which is likely to continue as internet penetration gathers pace worldwide.

New Media Brief Feb 2016

Conflict Resolution in the Philippines and Debate on Basic Law – Sevtap Yokuş

18/02/2016

This report, published in both English and Turkish languages, is an account by DPI participant Professor Dr. Sevtap Yokuş of the Philippines experience of conflict resolution, following on from DPI’s visit to Manila and Mindanao in 2015.

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DPI welcomes UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security

11/12/2015

DPI welcomes the United Nations Security Council’s unanimous adoption of Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace, and Security on 9 December 2015, and considers it a significant step forward in the field of conflict transformation and peacebuilding. The following is a brief summarising the content and significance of this important Resolution.

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Resolution of Turkey’s Kurdish Question: A Process in Crisis, 2015

01/12/2015

Through focusing on the events of the latter half of 2015, the purpose of this report by Dr Edel Hughes, is to problematize the reasons for the current suspension of the process and assess the prospects for a return to dialogue. This forms part of DPI’s ongoing assessment of events in the region from diverse perspectives.

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The Process of Resolution: from Politics to Arms

10/11/2015

This is an assessment report (available in English, Turkish and Kurdish languages) of recent events in Turkey by Ali Bayramoğlu.  It contributes to DPI’s ongoing evaluation of on-the-ground situation in Turkey with regard to the Kurdish resolution process. It is one of a number of assessments on this topic, undertaken by experts both in the region and internationally.

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