Makers or Breakers of Peace: The Role of Diasporas in Conflict Resolution

Last year, DPI published a report which aimed to present the perspectives of Turkey’s diaspora communities in relation to recent developments in Turkey, focusing in particular issues of language rights and constitutional reform and examining the role that diaspora can play in the resolution of the Kurdish Conflict in Turkey.

The focus of this paper is also the role that diaspora populations can play, if any, in the resolution of conflict, but explores the question from a global perspective, examining the various ways in which diaspora groups have intervened in conflict and contributed to conflict resolution and democratisation processes internationally. The cases of Sri Lanka, Liberia, Somalia and Rwanda are considered, among others, with a view to investigating the influence diaspora populations from these conflict affected countries have had on reconciliation processes.

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