DPI Roundtable: Evaluation of Comparative Studies and International Experiences

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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