Annual Report 2018

DPI’s Annual Report 2018 showcases the various events and activities the organisation has undertaken during this year, which include seven roundtables (RT), two Comparative Study Visits (CSV) and three assessment meetings. In 2018, DPI witnessed a growth in participation in our internationally-based activities, engaging 190 prominent actors from across a broad spectrum of society in … Read moreAnnual Report 2018

Follow Up: Youth engagement in conflict resolution processes CSV

On 9th March 2019, in a follow up to DPI’s August 2018 Youth engagement in conflict resolution processes CSV to Dublin and Belfast, the participants from Tenzile Erdoğan Anatolian Imam Hatip High School organized a meeting on Conflict Resolution during which they shared their reflections on the CSV and the role of youth in the … Read moreFollow Up: Youth engagement in conflict resolution processes CSV

DPI Comparative Study Visit ‘Youth engagement in conflict resolution processes’ – London & Cardiff, 3-7 March 2019

On 3-7 March, DPI carried out the latest in its series of youth engagement activities, this time a comparative study visit entitled ‘Youth Engagement in Conflict Resolution Processes’. A group of Turkish youth, aged 18-35, came from all strata of professional and political society from across Turkish society (including Ankara, İstanbul, Mardin, Diyarbakır and Zonguldak), … Read moreDPI Comparative Study Visit ‘Youth engagement in conflict resolution processes’ – London & Cardiff, 3-7 March 2019

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

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

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

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 … Read moreAssessment report by Ali Bayramoğlu: New Political Developments, the Kurdish Problem and the Near Future

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

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

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

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

Article by Zehra Kafkaslı “BARIŞ Düşmanı Dinlemekle Başlar” January 2019

Article by Zehra Kafkaslı. Her iki tarafın da kendini anlatma ihtiyacı, çatışma çözümlerinde hayati. Burada siyaseten kimin haklıolduğu biraz geride kalması gereken bir konu haline geliyor. Both sides need to express themselves vitally in resolving conflicts. Who’s political right here it is an issue that should be left behind. Düşmanı Dinlemekle Başlar

DPI Roundtable: ‘Peace and the Economy’, 8-10 January 2019 in London

DPI held its first activity of 2019 on 8-10th January. Entitled ‘Peace and the Economy’, this roundtable meeting was organised in cooperation with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Institute of Global Affairs and was attended by a small diverse group of Turkey’s prominent business people and organisations, including company CEO’s and … Read moreDPI Roundtable: ‘Peace and the Economy’, 8-10 January 2019 in London

DPI Roundtable: ‘The Role of Women in Conflict Resolution: Reflections on the Turkish Experience’, 18 December in Istanbul

On 18 December 2018, DPI held a roundtable meeting on ‘The role of Women in Conflict Resolution: Reflecting on the Turkish experience’ as part of DPI’s conflict resolution series focused on women’s contributions to sustaining dialogue and maintaining efforts to build peace, even in the most challenging times. The meeting was attended by a diverse … Read moreDPI Roundtable: ‘The Role of Women in Conflict Resolution: Reflections on the Turkish Experience’, 18 December in Istanbul

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

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”

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 … Read moreResearch 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”

DPI Roundtable: Lessons learnt from the Turkish Solution Process – Rethinking the Wise Person’s Committee Experience, 22-24 November in Oslo

From 22-24 November 2018, DPI held a roundtable meeting, as planned, with former members of Turkey’s Wise Person’s Committee (WPC) to reflect on the Turkish solution process, particularly in the light of the their own experiences and contributions as members of the WPC. The meeting, which was kindly hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign … Read moreDPI Roundtable: Lessons learnt from the Turkish Solution Process – Rethinking the Wise Person’s Committee Experience, 22-24 November in Oslo

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

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 … Read moreRoundtable 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

DPI Roundtable ‘The Role of Media in Conflict Resolution’, Dublin and Belfast, 16-19 October 2018

          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 … Read moreDPI Roundtable ‘The Role of Media in Conflict Resolution’, Dublin and Belfast, 16-19 October 2018

PRESS RELEASE – ROUNDTABLE: Lessons Learnt from International Experiences of Conflict Resolution. Ankara, 29 September 2018

PRESS RELEASE – 29 September 2018  Contact: DPI’s Deputy Director Sally Holt at sholt@democraticprogress.org or Esra Elmas, Head of Turkey Programme eelmas@democraticprogress.org ROUNDTABLE: Lessons Learnt from International Experiences of Conflict Resolution  Ankara, Turkey, 29 September 2018 Today the Democratic Progress Institute (DPI) held a Roundtable in Ankara entitled “Lessons Learnt from International Experiences of Conflict … Read morePRESS RELEASE – ROUNDTABLE: Lessons Learnt from International Experiences of Conflict Resolution. Ankara, 29 September 2018

DPI Roundtable ‘Lessons Learnt from International Experiences in Conflict Resolution’, Ankara 28-30 September 2018

Supporting inclusive dialogue at a challenging time in Turkey Lessons Learnt from International Experiences of Conflict Resolution Ankara, 28-30 September 2018 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 … Read moreDPI Roundtable ‘Lessons Learnt from International Experiences in Conflict Resolution’, Ankara 28-30 September 2018

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

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

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

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 … Read moreAssessment report by Prof. Dr. Sevtap Yokuş: Elections and the Presidential System in Turkey

DPI Country Assessment Meeting with Turkey-based Advisors – 16 August in Brussels

On 16 August 2018, DPI held a Country Assessment Meeting with Turkey-based advisors, international members of our board and Council of Experts as well as EU representatives in Brussels, to evaluate the situation in the country, particularly regarding democratisation and resolution processes. The meeting was moderated by Kerim Yildiz, DPI CEO and Andy Carl, international … Read moreDPI Country Assessment Meeting with Turkey-based Advisors – 16 August in Brussels

DPI Assessment Meeting on the Post-Election Situation in Turkey – 8 August in London

On 8 August 2018, the Democratic Progress Institute invited two experts, Prof Dr. Vahap Coşkun and Mr Ferda Balancar, to present the post-election situation in Turkey during an informal meeting held at the DPI London office. Participants included lawyers, academics, policy makers and international conflict resolution practitioners. Prof Dr. Coşkun, Professor of Law at University … Read moreDPI Assessment Meeting on the Post-Election Situation in Turkey – 8 August in London

DPI Comparative Study Visit ‘Youth engagement in conflict resolution processes’ – Dublin Belfast

From 1-5 August 2018, the Democratic Progress Institute carried out a Comparative Study Visit to Ireland and Northern Ireland that brought together a group of young participants from across Turkey’s many constituencies. Participants were exposed to the experiences of the Northern Ireland conflict and peace process through a carefully designed programme that introduced concepts and … Read moreDPI Comparative Study Visit ‘Youth engagement in conflict resolution processes’ – Dublin Belfast

DPI Comparative Study Visit ‘Public Engagement in Conflict Resolution Processes’, May 24-27 in Oslo, Norway

From May 24-27, DPI held a comparative study visit (CSV) in Oslo, Norway, to discuss ways to engage with the general public to encourage and enhance their support for resolution processes. Drawing on comparative practice, the event provided a platform for former members of Turkey’s Wise Peoples Committee (WPC) – set up by then Prime … Read moreDPI Comparative Study Visit ‘Public Engagement in Conflict Resolution Processes’, May 24-27 in Oslo, Norway

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

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

Supporting Inclusive Dialogue at a Challenging Time in Turkey The role of media in conflict resolution Oslo, 25-27 April 2018 DPI’s latest roundtable meeting, which took place in Oslo last week, brought together a diverse group from across Turkey’s media spectrum to discuss the role of media in conflict resolution. The group comprised prominent members … Read moreRoundtable – The Role of Media in Conflict Resolution. Oslo, 25-27 April, 2018.

Assessment report by Prof. Dr. Sevtap Yokuş: Political Processes in Turkey and their Constitutional Reflections

This assessment paper prepared for DPI by Turkish constitutional lawyer and DPI Council of Experts member, Prof. Dr. Sevtap Yokuş, analyses efforts to democratize Turkey’s Constitution since 1982 in relation to broader democratization and resolution processes in the country. It demonstrates a link between progress in transforming the Constitution and periods of democratic reform, in … Read moreAssessment report by Prof. Dr. Sevtap Yokuş: Political Processes in Turkey and their Constitutional Reflections

DPI Meeting with AK Party Representatives

On April 11, DPI hosted three  representatives of the Turkish Justice and Development Party (AKP). AK Party Deputy Chairman Mehmet Mehdi Eker, Efkan Ala (MP, Member the Central Decision and Executive Board of AK Party and former Minister of Interior) and Taner Yıldız (MP, Former Minister of Energy and Natural Resources) met with DPI advisors and … Read moreDPI Meeting with AK Party Representatives

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

Supporting inclusive dialogue at a challenging time in Turkey On Saturday, 3 March, DPI held a roundtable meeting in Turkey to discuss women’s role in dialogue and conflict resolution in challenging times drawing on comparative examples from around the world, with a particular focus on the Colombian experience. The roundtable provided a platform for discussion … Read moreRoundtable – Women’s role in dialogue and conflict resolution in challenging times: Working together to address issues of common interest. Istanbul, 2-4 March, 2018

Roundtable Meeting: Women’s role in dialogue and conflict resolution in challenging times: Working together to address issues of common interest

        Supporting inclusive dialogue at a challenging time in Turkey FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   PRESS RELEASE – 1 March 2018   Contact: DPI’s Deputy Director Sally Holt at sholt@democraticprogress.org or Esra Elmas, Head of Turkey Programme eelmas@democraticprogress.org   ROUNDTABLE MEETING: Women’s role in dialogue and conflict resolution in challenging times: Working together … Read moreRoundtable Meeting: Women’s role in dialogue and conflict resolution in challenging times: Working together to address issues of common interest

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

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

Roundtable Meetings with MPs and Advisers from the Three Main Political Parties in Turkey

Over the past three weeks, we have held a series of meetings at the office in London with MPs and advisers from each of the three main political parties in Turkey – namely the AK Party, CHP and HDP. Each meeting, carried out under the Chatham House Rules, followed a similar format and was designed … Read moreRoundtable Meetings with MPs and Advisers from the Three Main Political Parties in Turkey

Meeting with Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, President of CHP

On the 7th December 2017, the Democratic Progress Institute was privileged to welcome the Honourable Mr Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, leader of the Republican People’s Party, to Dartmouth House in London. Along with a delegation of CHP party members, the event saw Mr Kılıçdaroğlu engage with an array of experts with wide-ranging experiences of resolution processes, the … Read moreMeeting with Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, President of CHP

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

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

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

DPI will hold a Roundtable hosted by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin this week from 25-27 October on the role of civil society in conflict resolution processes. The Roundtable, which will draw on experiences from Northern Ireland’s conflict and peace process, is part of DPI’s conflict resolution series on Dialogue … Read moreRoundtable – Dialogue in Difficult Times: The Role of Civil Society in Conflict Resolution Processes , 25-27 October 2017

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

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

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 … Read moreAssessment report by Ali Bayramoğlu: Politics and the Kurdish Problem in Turkey After the Constitutional Reform

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.

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

Roundtable – Series on Conflict Resolution in Turkey: Dynamics, Actors, Opportunities and Challenges, London, 16-18 August 2017

  Last week DPI conducted two days of roundtable meetings with prominent experts and public opinion leaders from Turkey to assess and analyse the current situation regarding the work and process of conflict resolution in Turkey. The participants are also leading members of the Dialogue Group which was established in May 2016 and comprises former … Read moreRoundtable – Series on Conflict Resolution in Turkey: Dynamics, Actors, Opportunities and Challenges, London, 16-18 August 2017

DPI Roundtable in Ankara: The Role of Women in Conflict Resolution – 29 July 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 … Read moreDPI Roundtable in Ankara: The Role of Women in Conflict Resolution – 29 July 2017

DPI Comparative Study to Dublin and Belfast 10 – 13 July 2017

This past week 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 … Read moreDPI Comparative Study to Dublin and Belfast 10 – 13 July 2017

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

DPI roundtable took place at the Sheraton Ankara

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

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

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’
commission, Ali Bayramoğlu. It presents the author’s assessment of
the shifting political sands and analysis of the current political
situation.

Kürt sorunu için İrlanda ve Filipinler dersleri

DPI’ın Ankara’da düzenlediği yuvarlak masa toplantısında, eskiden nadir de olsa tecrübe ettiğimiz fakat son yıllarda hayalini bile kuramadığımız bir diyalog ortamında İrlanda ve Filipinler’i konuştuk… Ama kolayca tahmin edilebileceği gibi, Türkiyeli katılımcıların sorularıyla konu sıklıkla Türkiye’ye ve Kürt sorununa kaydı.

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

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

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.

DPI meeting with the President of Turkey

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 … Read moreDPI meeting with the President of Turkey

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

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

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.

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

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.

Roundtable Meeting, Dublin and Belfast, 7-11 October 2016 Keeping dialogue alive – how to get a process back on track in the aftermath of a major crisis? The Irish experience from a gendered perspective

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 … Read moreRoundtable Meeting, Dublin and Belfast, 7-11 October 2016 Keeping dialogue alive – how to get a process back on track in the aftermath of a major crisis? The Irish experience from a gendered perspective

New Assessment by Ali Bayramoğlu: The Latest Situation on the Kurdish Front, Autumn 2015 – 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.   Download Here [PDF] Türkçesini İndir [PDF]

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

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

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

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

Roundtable meeting in Diyarbakir, Turkey, with DPI speakers

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.

The experiences of Scottish Devolution

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. … Read moreThe experiences of Scottish Devolution

DPI Briefing Note: Catalonia – from 2012 to 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 … Read moreDPI Briefing Note: Catalonia – from 2012 to 2016

The role of European Union accession in democratisation processes

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 … Read moreThe role of European Union accession in democratisation processes

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

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 … Read moreThe Syrian Refugee Crisis: Refugees, Conflict, and International Law

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

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

Comparative Study Visit: Colombia, 16 – 23 April 2016

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 … Read moreComparative Study Visit: Colombia, 16 – 23 April 2016

Şimdi PKK ne yapar, devlet ne yapar?

Bundan sonra PKK ne yapar, devlet ne yapar? Kötümser senaryo: PKK ‘kırlarda savaşa devam’, devlet ‘son terörist öldürülünceye kadar’ der… İyimser senaryo: Devlet maksimalist hedeflerinden taviz vermiş PKK ile yeniden konuşmaya başlar. http://www.serbestiyet.com/yazarlar/alper-gormus/simdi-pkk-ne-yapar-devlet-ne-yapar-681912 [24/04/2016]

CHP, HDP ve AK Partili heyet Kolombiya’ya gitti

CHP, HDP ve AK Partili heyet Kolombiya’ya gitti

DPI’ın Türkiye programı çerçevesinde bundan önce İrlanda, İngiltere, İskoçya, Güney Afrika ve Filipinler’e yaptığı karşılaştırmalı çalışma ziyaretleri serisinin devamı niteliğindeki Kolombiya ziyareti, Kolombiya hükümeti ev sahipliğinde gerçekleşiyor ve dünyanın farklı ülkelerindeki çatışma çözümü süreçlerini yerinde incelemek amacını taşıyor.

Kolombiya yolunda…

Kolombiya yolunda...

ilk gezi 2011 yılındaydı. Londra, Dublin ve Belfast’a gitmiştik. Kısa adı DPI olan Demokratik Gelişim Enstitüsünün düzenlediği Kürt meselesine benzer çatışmaların çözümlerine dair bu ilk gözlem ve inceleme gezisine, mecliste temsil edilen (MHP haricinde) siyasi partilerin temsilcileri, çeşitli köşe yazarları ve akademisyenler katılmış ve gezi oldukça ses getirmişti

Belfast’ta duvarla gelen barış…

Belfast'ta duvarla gelen barış

İskoçya ve İngiltere’nin adeta karşı kıyısı olan Belfast bir liman şehri… İlk bakıldığında katedrali, eski dokulu binaları, pub’ları, uluslararası markaların bulunduğu alışveriş merkezleri ile tipik bir kuzeyli. Ama Belfast’ın merkezindeki otelimize girdiğinizde tarih yüzümüze çarpıyor: “Burası Kuzey İrlanda’nın en çok bombalanmış oteli”.

Savaş davullarıyla ortada kalmak

Şimdilerde maalesef, Türkiye’deki çözüm sürecinde bir kesinti yaşanıyor. Kimileri bunu mutlak ve değişmeyecek bir hal sanıyor. Bundan olsa gerek sonuna kadar gitmekten, artık masaya oturmamaktan, müzakerenin lafının dahi edilmemesi gerektiğinden, idamın geri getirilmesinden falan bahsediyorlar. Taraflardan daha cengâver bir tutum içindeler. Hazin bir durum.

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

Comparative Study Visit: Ireland, 19-24 March 2016

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, … Read moreComparative Study Visit: Ireland, 19-24 March 2016

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

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

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

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. Download Here: Counter Terrorism in Internal Armed Conflicts [PDF]

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

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 … Read moreDPI Guest Lecture and Information Brief on New Media and its role in democratic transition process

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

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.   Download Here [PDF] Türkçesini İndir [PDF]

New Democratic Progress Institute Gender Policy Document

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 … Read moreNew Democratic Progress Institute Gender Policy Document

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

Roundtable Meeting: ‘Getting a Process back on Track – A Continued Conversation on International Experiences’

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 … Read moreRoundtable Meeting: ‘Getting a Process back on Track – A Continued Conversation on International Experiences’

In memory of Tahir Elçi

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 Process of Resolution: from Politics to Arms

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 … Read moreThe Process of Resolution: from Politics to Arms

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

DPI Legal Factsheet: Conflict Related Gender Based Rights

Our most recent factsheet on ‘Conflict Related Gender Based Rights’ which we have published to coincide with the upcoming , 15 year, anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security (31 October 2015).

The factsheet outlines what gender based rights are, how they are relevant to conflict and why there is an imperative need to implement existing rights as well as formulate new ones. We hope the factsheet serves as a refresher of the law on this area and encourages further research and investigation.

Roundtable Meeting: ‘Getting a Process back on Track – International Experiences’

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 … Read moreRoundtable Meeting: ‘Getting a Process back on Track – International Experiences’

Process of Resolution: Gains and Dangers

This is an assessment report of recent events in Turkey by Vahap Coşkun.  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. Download Here [PDF] Download … Read moreProcess of Resolution: Gains and Dangers

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

Degrees of Governance: A Study of the Decentralisation of States in Enabling Democratic Progress

The decentralisation and devolution of governance in post-conflict states can prove to be essential in maintaining a lasting peace and developing democratic practices. This paper examines the ways in which devolved regions across the world use different methods in order to build peace in post-conflict societies and to create democratic institutions and practices.   Download … Read moreDegrees of Governance: A Study of the Decentralisation of States in Enabling Democratic Progress

Language Policy in Conflict Resolution

This paper, by renowned expert in the area of minority languages, Professor Ned Thomas, offers three concise case-studies of very different situations within Europe where the measures adopted in respect of language have had some success in bringing an end to conflict and preventing its recurrence.   Download Here [PDF]

Interactive Conflict Map

DPI launches interactive conflict map, providing key information on individual conflict situations globally. See here: http://www.democraticprogress.org/publications-2/world-conflict-database/

Tunisia

            Full Official Name: Republic of Tunisia Region: Northern Africa Capital: Tunis Population: 11,037,225 Ethnic Groups: Arab 98%, European 1%, Jewish and other 1% Languages: Arabic (Official), French, and Berber Religions: Sunni Muslim Government: Unicameral Parliamentary Republic Legislature: Assembly of the Representatives of the People _____ A. Insurgency in the Maghreb Type … Read moreTunisia

Russia

          Full Official Name: Russian Federation Region: Eastern Europe Capital: Moscow Population: 142,423,773 Ethnic Groups: Russian 77.7%, Tatar 3.7%, Ukrainian 1.4%, Bashkir 1.1%, Chuvash 1%, Chechen 1%, other 10.2%, unspecified 3.9% Languages: Russian (official) 96.3%, Dolgang 5.3%, German 1.5%, Chechen 1%, Tatar 3%, other 10.3% Religions: Russian Orthodox, Muslim, other Christian Government: Federal Semi-Presidential Constitutional … Read moreRussia

Ukraine

          Full Official Name: Ukraine Region: Eastern Europe Capital: Kiev Population: 44,429,471 Ethnic Groups: Ukrainian 77.8%, Russian 17.3%, Belarusian 0.6%, Moldovan 0.5%, Crimean Tatar 0.5%, Bulgarian 0.4%, Hungarian 0.3%, Romanian 0.3%, Polish 0.3%, Jewish 0.2%, other 1.8% Languages: Ukrainian (official) 67.5%, Russian 29.6%, other 2.9% Religions: Orthodox, Ukrainian Orthodox – Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC-KP), Ukrainian Orthodox … Read moreUkraine

Mexico

          Full Official Name: United Mexican States Region: North America Capital: Mexico City Population: 121,736,809 Ethnic Groups: Mestizo (Amerindian-Spanish) 62%, predominantly Amerindian 21%, Amerindian 7%, other 10% Languages: Spanish only 92.7%, Spanish and indigenous languages 5.7%, indigenous only 0.8%, unspecified 0.8% Religions: Roman Catholic 82.7%, Pentecostal 1.6%, Jehovah’s Witnesses 1.4%, other Evangelical Churches 5%, … Read moreMexico

Philippines

        Full Official Name: Republic of the Philippines Region: Southeast Asia Capital: Manila Population: 100,998,376 Ethnic Groups: Tagalog 28.1%, Cebuano 13.1%, Ilocano 9%, Bisaya/Binisaya 7.6%, Hiligaynon Ilonggo 7.5%, Bikol 6%, Waray 3.4%, other 25.3% Languages: Filipino/Tagalog (Official), English (official) Religions: Catholic 82.9%, Muslim 5%, Evangelical 2.8%, Iglesia ni Kristo 2.3%, other Christian 4.5%, other 1.8%, unspecified … Read morePhilippines

Myanmar

          Official Full Name: Union of Myanmar Region: Southeast Asia Capital: Naypyidaw Population: 56,320,206 Ethnic Groups: Burman 68%, Shan 9%, Karen 7%, Rakhine 4%, Chinese 3%, Indian 2%, Mon 2%, other 5% Languages: Burmese (official) Religions: Buddhist 89%, Christian 4% (Baptist 3%, Roman Catholic 1%), Muslim 4%, Animist 1%, other 2% Government: Presidential Republic Legislature: … Read moreMyanmar

Thailand

          Official Full Name: Kingdom of Thailand Region: Southeast Asia Capital: Bangkok Population: 67,976,405 Ethnic Groups: Thai 95.9%, Burmese 2%, other 1.3%, unspecified 0.9% Languages: Thai (official) 90.7%, Burmese 1.3%, other 8% Religions: Buddhist (official) 93.6%, Muslim 4.9%, Christian 1.2%, other 0.2%, none 0.1% Government: Constitutional Monarchy Under Military Junta Legislature: National Assembly (Currently Dissolved) … Read moreThailand

India

          Official Full Name: Republic of India Region: South Asia Capital: New Delhi Population: 1,251,695,584 Ethnic Groups: Indo-Aryan 72%, Dravidian 25%, Mongoloid and other 3% Languages: Hindi 41%, Bengali 8.1%, Telugu 7.2%, Marathi 7%, Tamil 5.9%, Urdu 5%, Gujarati 4.5%, Kannada 3.7%, Malayalam 3.2%, Oriya 3.2%, Punjabi 2.8%, Assamese 1.3%, Maithili 1.2%, other 5.9% … Read moreIndia

Pakistan

        Official Full Name: Islamic Republic of Pakistan Region: South Asia Capital: Islamabad Population: 199,085,847 Ethnic Groups: Punjabi 44.68%, Pashtun 15.42%, Sindhi 14.1%, Sariaki 8.38%, Muhajirs 7.57%, Balochi 3.57%, other 6.28% Languages: Punjabi 48%, Sindhi 12%, Saraiki 10%, Pashto 8%, Urdu (official) 8%, Balochi 3%, Hindko 2%, Brahui 1%, English, Burushaski, and other 8% Religions: Muslim … Read morePakistan

Afghanistan

          Official Full Name: Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Region: Asia Capital: Kabul Population: 32,564,342 Ethnic Groups: Pashtun, Tajik, Hazara, Uzbek, other Languages: Afghan Persian or Dari (official) 50%, Pashto (official) 35%, Turkic languages (primarily Uzbek and Turkmen) 11%, 30 minor languages (primarily Balochi and Pashai) 4% Religions: Sunni Muslim 80%, Shia Muslim 19%, other 1% Government: … Read moreAfghanistan

Iran

          Official Name: Islamic Republic of Iran Region: Middle East Capital: Tehran Population: 81,824,270 Ethnic Groups: Persian, Azeri, Kurd, Lur, Baloch, Arab, Turkmen and Turkic tribes Languages: Persian (official), Azeri Turkic and Turkic dialects, Kurdish, Gilaki and Mazandarani, Luri, Balochi, Arabic, other Religions: Muslim (official) 99.4% (Shia 90-95%, Sunni 5-10%), other (includes Zoroastrian, Jewish, and … Read moreIran

Yemen

          Official Full Name: Republic of Yemen Region: Middle East Capital: Sana’a (de jure, Occupied by Houthi Government) Aden (Provisional) Population: 26,737,317 Ethnic Groups: Predominantly Arabs, but also South-Asians, Afro-Arabs, and Europeans Languages: Arabic (Official) Religions: Muslim 99.1% (official; virtually all are citizens, an estimated 65% are Sunni and 35% are Shia), other … Read moreYemen

Iraq

          Full Official Name: Republic of Iraq Region: Middle East Capital: Baghdad Population: 37,056,169 Ethnic Groups: Arab 75%-80%, Kurdish 15%-20%, Turkoman, Assyrian, or other 5% Languages: Arabic (official), Kurdish (official), Turkmen, and Assyrian, Armenian Religions: Muslim (official) 99% (Shia 60%-65%, Sunni 32%-37%), Christian 0.8%, Other 0.2% Government: Federal Parliamentary Republic Legislature: Council of Representatives _____ … Read moreIraq

Lebanon

          Full Official Name: Lebanese Republic Region: Middle East Capital: Beirut Population: 6,184,701 Ethnic Groups: Arab 95%, Armenian 4%, other 1% Languages: Arabic (official), French, English, Armenian Religions: Muslim 54% (27% Sunni, 27% Shia), Christian 40.5%, Druze 5.6% Government: Parliamentary Multi-Confessionalist Republic Legislature: Parliament _____ A. Syrian Civil War Spillover Type of Conflict: Spillover from … Read moreLebanon

Israel and Palestine

                  Full Official Name: State of Israel (Top Flag) State of Palestine (Bottom Flag) Region: Middle East Capital: Israel [West Jerusalem (de jure) Tel Aviv (de facto)]; Palestine [East Jerusalem (de jure) Ramallah (de facto)] Population: 8,049,314 Ethnic Groups: Israel [Jewish 75%, non-Jewish 25%]; Palestine [Palestinian Majority] Languages: … Read moreIsrael and Palestine

Syria

          Full Official Name: Syrian Arab Republic Region: Middle East Capital: Damascus Population: 17,064,854 Ethnic Groups: Arab 90.3%, Kurds, Armenian, and other 9.7% Languages: Arabic (official), Kurdish, Armenian, Aramaic, Circassian,  French, English Religions: Muslim 87% (official; includes Sunni 74% and Alawi, Ismaili, and Shia 13%), Christian 10%, Druze 3% Government: Semi-Presidential Republic Legislature: People’s Council … Read moreSyria

Turkey

          Official Full Name: Republic of Turkey Region: Middle East Capital: Ankara Population: 79,414,269 Ethnic Groups: Turkish 70-75%, Kurdish 18%, other minorities 7-12% Languages: Turkish (official), Kurdish, other minority languages Religions: Muslim 99.8% (mostly Sunni), other 0.2% (Christians and Jews) Government: Parliamentary Constitutional Republic Legislature: Grand National Assembly _____ A. Turkey-PKK Conflict Type of … Read moreTurkey

Mozambique

            Full Official Name: Republic of Mozambique Region: Southeastern Africa Capital: Maputo Ethnic Groups: Southeast African 99.66% (Makhuwa, Tsonga, Lomwe, Sena, and others), Europeans 0.06%, Euro-Africans 0.2%, Indians 0.08% Languages: Emakhuwa 25.3%, Portuguese (official) 10.7%, Xichangana 10.3%, Cisena 7.5%, Elomwe 7%, Echuwabo 5.1%, other Mozambican languages 30.1%, other 4% Religions: Roman Catholic 28.4%, … Read moreMozambique

Ethiopia

          Official Full Name: Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Region: Eastern Africa Capital: Addis Ababa Population: 99,465,819 Ethnic Groups: Oromo 34.4%, Amhara (Amara) 27%, Somali (Somalie) 6.2%, Tigray (Tigrinya) 6.1%, Sidama 4%, Gurage 2.5%, Welaita 2.3%, Hadiya 1.7%, Afar (Affar) 1.7%, Gamo 1.5%, Gedeo 1.3%, Silte 1.3%, Kefficho 1.2%, other 10.5% Languages: Oromo 33.8%, … Read moreEthiopia

Eritrea

          Full Official Name: State of Eritrea Region: Eastern Africa Capital: Asmara Population: 6,527,689 Ethnic Groups: Tigrinya 55%, Tigre 30%, Saho 4%, Kunama 2%, Rashaida 2%, Bilen 2%, other 5% Languages: Tigrinya (official), Arabic (official), English (official), Tigre, Kunama, Afar, other Cushitic languages Religions: Muslim, Coptic Christian, Roman Catholic, Protestant Government: Single Party Presidential Republic … Read moreEritrea

Mali

          Official Full Name: Republic of Mali Region: Western Africa Capital: Bamako Population: 16,955,536 Ethnic Groups: Mande 50%, Peul 17%, Voltaic 12%, Songhai 6%, Tuareg and Moor 10%, other 5% Languages: French (official), Bambara 46.3%, Peul/foulfoulbe 9.4%, Dogon 7.2%, Maraka/soninke 6.4%, Malinke 5.6%, Sonrhai/djerma 5.6%, Minianka 4.3%, Tamacheq 3.5%, Senoufo 2.6%, unspecified 0.6%, other … Read moreMali

Burundi

        Full Official Name: Republic of Burundi Region: Central Africa Capital: Bujumbura Population: 10,742,276 Ethnic Groups: Hutu (Bantu) 85%, Tutsi (Hamitic) 14%, Twa (Pygmy) 1%, Europeans 3,000, South Asians 2,000 Languages: Kirundi 38.8% (official), French (official) 0.3%, Swahili 0.2%, English 0.06%, unspecified 60.6% Religions: Catholic 62.1%, Protestant 23.9%, Muslim 2.5%, other 3.6%, unspecified 7.9% Government: Presidential … Read moreBurundi

Libya

        Official Full Name: Libya Region: Northern Africa Capital: Tripoli Population: 6,411,776 Ethnic Groups: Berber and Arab 97%, other 3% Languages: Arabic (official), Italian, English, Berber (Nafusi, Ghadamis, Suknah, Awjilah, Tamasheq) Religions: Sunni Muslim (Official) 96.6%, Christian 2.7%, Buddhist 0.3% Government: Provisional Parliamentary Republic Legislature: Council of Deputies _____ A. Libyan Civil War (2014 – Present) Type … Read moreLibya

Egypt

          Official Full Name: Arab Republic of Egypt Region: Northern Africa Capital: Cairo Population: 88,487,396 Ethnic Groups: Egyptian 99.6%, other 0.4% Languages: Arabic (Official), English and French widely understood by the educated Religions: Predominantly Sunni Muslim 90%, Majority Coptic Christian 10% Government: Semi Presidential Republic Legislature: Currently by Presidential Decree until House of Representatives … Read moreEgypt

Chad

          Full Official Name: Republic of Chad Region: Central Africa Capital: N’Djamena Population: 11,631,456 Ethnic Groups: Sara 27.7%, Arab 12.3%, Mayo-Kebbi 11.5%, Kanem-Bornou 9%, Ouaddai 8.7%, Hadjarai 6.7%, Tandjile 6.5%, Gorane 6.3%, Fitri-Batha 4.7%, other 6.4%, unknown 0.3% (1993 Census) Languages: French (Official), Arabic (Official), Sara, and other regional languages Religions: Muslim 53.1%, Catholic … Read moreChad

Niger

            Full Official Name: Republic of Niger Region: Western Africa Capital: Niamey Population: 18,045,729 Ethnic Groups: Haoussa 55.4%, Djerma Sonrai 21%, Tuareg 9.3%, Peuhl 8.5%, Kanouri Manga 4.7%, other 1.2% (2001 Census) Languages: French (Official), Hausa, Djerma Religions: Muslim 80%, other Beliefs incl. Christianity and Indigenous Religions 20% Government: Semi-Presidential Republic Legislature: National Assembly … Read moreNiger

Cameroon

          Full Official Name: Republic of Cameroon Region: Central Africa Capital: Yaoundé Population: 23,739,218 Ethnic Groups: Cameroon Highlanders 31%, Equatorial Bantu 19%, Kirdi 11%, Fulani 10%, Northwestern Bantu 8%, Eastern Nigritic 7%, other African 13%, non-African less than 1% Languages: English (Official), French (Official), other Major African Language Groups Religions: Indigenous beliefs 40%, … Read moreCameroon

Nigeria

        Full Official Name: Federal Republic of Nigeria Region: Western Africa Capital: Abuja Population: 181,562,056 Ethnic Groups: More than 250 ethnic groups. Largest and most influential are Hausa and the Fulani 29%, Yoruba 21%, Igbo (Ibo) 18%, Ijaw 10%, Kanuri 4%, Ibibio 3.5%, Tiv 2.5% Languages: English (official), Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo (Ibo), Fulani, and other … Read moreNigeria

Sudan

        Full Official Name: Republic of the Sudan Region: Northeastern Africa Capital: Khartoum Population: 36,108,853 Ethnic Groups: Sudanese Arab, Fur, Beja, Nuba, and Fallata Religions: Sunni Muslim, Christian Minority Government: Federal Presidential Republic Legislature: National Legislature _____ A. War in Darfur Type of Conflict: Rebel Secession Conventionally Dated Period: 26 February 2003 – Present … Read moreSudan

Algeria

          Official Full Name: People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria Region: Northern Africa Capital: Algiers Population: 39,542,166 Ethnic Groups: Arab-Berber 99%, European 1% Languages: Arabic (Official), French, Berber Dialects Religions: Sunni Muslim, Various Christians Government: Unitary Semi-Presidential Republic Legislature: Parliament of Algeria _____ A. Insurgency in the Maghreb Type of Conflict: Fundamentalist Religious … Read moreAlgeria

DR Congo

          Official Full Name: Democratic Republic of the Congo Region: Central Africa Capital: Kinshasa Population: 79,375,136 Ethnic Groups: There are more than 200 ethnic groups in which the four largest are the Mongo, Luba, Kongo (all Bantu), and the Mangbetu-Azande Languages: French (Official), Lingala, Kingwana, Kikongo, Tshiluba Religions: Roman Catholic, Protestant, Kimbanguist, Muslim Government: … Read moreDR Congo

Central African Republic

          Official Full Name: Central African Republic Region: Central Africa Capital: Bangui Population: 5,391,539 Ethnic Groups: Baya 33%, Banda 27%, Mandjia 13%, Sara 10%, Mboum 7%, M’Baka 4%, Yakoma 4%, other 2% Languages: French (Official), Sangho, Local Tribal Languages Religions: Indigenous Beliefs, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Muslim Government: Republic Legislature: Assemblée Nationale _____ A. … Read moreCentral African Republic

South Sudan

          Official Full Name: Republic of South Sudan Region: Eastern-Central Africa Capital: Juba Population: 12,042,910 Ethnic Groups: 35.8% Dinka, 15.6% Nuer, 48.6% Shilluk, Azande, Bari, Kakwa, Kuku, Murle, Mandari, and other local tribes. Languages: English (Official), Arabic, and Regional Languages Religions: Animist, Christian Government: Republic Legislature: National Legislature _____ A. South Sudanese Civil War Type of … Read moreSouth Sudan

Somalia

          Official Full Name: Federal Republic of Somalia Region: Eastern Africa Capital: Mogadishu Population: 10,616,380 Ethnic Groups: 85% Somali, 15% Bantu and other non-Somali Languages: Somali (Official), Arabic (Official), Italian, English Religions: Sunni Islam Government: Federal Parliamentary Republic (currently under establishment) Legislature: Golaha Shacabka Soomaaliya _____ A. War in Somalia Type of … Read moreSomalia

Comparative Study to the Philippines, 20-27th June 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; … Read moreComparative Study to the Philippines, 20-27th June 2015

Comparative Study Visit: The Philippines, 20-27 June 2015

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 … Read moreComparative Study Visit: The Philippines, 20-27 June 2015

DPI Comparative Study to the Philippines 20-27 June 2015

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 … Read moreDPI Comparative Study to the Philippines 20-27 June 2015

Grand Chamber upholds complaints by Azerbaijani refugees, displaced during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

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 … Read moreGrand Chamber upholds complaints by Azerbaijani refugees, displaced during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

DPI Comparative Study Visit Report: Keeping a Process on Track (Ireland, April 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 … Read moreDPI Comparative Study Visit Report: Keeping a Process on Track (Ireland, April 2015)

Legacies of Silence: The Role of Civil Society in Truth-telling, Memory and Reconciliation

In recent years, truth commissions have increasingly become a standard component of conflict resolution and help play an essential role in clarifying history and contributing to a culture of accountability. Focusing on case studies in Lebanon and Guatemala, this report explores the role civil society can play in engaging with the past in post conflict situations. … Read moreLegacies of Silence: The Role of Civil Society in Truth-telling, Memory and Reconciliation

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

This report details the discussion that took place during the Democratic Progress Institute’s roundtable meeting in Ireland from the 15th – 18thFebruary 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 … Read moreComparative Study Visit to Dublin, Ireland, 15-18th February 2015

Philippines Peace Process- An Update From 2012-2015

This annex seeks to provide an update from the paper ‘Prospects and Problems for Peace in the Southern Philippines’ by the Democratic Progress Institute. It aims to showcase what has happened in relation to the peace process since 2012 and will be split into two parts: the first part detailing the aspects and challenges of … Read morePhilippines Peace Process- An Update From 2012-2015

DPI Director Kerim Yildiz takes part in High-Level Seminar on Gender and Inclusive Mediation Processes

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 … Read moreDPI Director Kerim Yildiz takes part in High-Level Seminar on Gender and Inclusive Mediation Processes

Conflict Resolution: The Irish Experience – Women’s Roundtable, February 2015

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 … Read moreConflict Resolution: The Irish Experience – Women’s Roundtable, February 2015

Comparative Study Visit: Conflict Resolution, The Irish Experience and International Experiences, Dublin and Belfast, 19-23 April 2015

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 Committee, as well as high level journalists, civil society leaders, policy advisers and academics. The visit … Read moreComparative Study Visit: Conflict Resolution, The Irish Experience and International Experiences, Dublin and Belfast, 19-23 April 2015

The process of Resolution from the Kobani Incidents to the June Elections

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 … Read moreThe process of Resolution from the Kobani Incidents to the June Elections

DPI Turkey ‘On the Ground’ Assessment September – December 2014

This assessment forms part of the Democratic Progress Institute’s (DPI) Turkey program me.  It aims to evaluate the process underway in Turkey, regarding the resolution of the Kurdish conflict, and focuses on key developments on the ground from September – December 2014. There is a particular focus given to recent events relating to Kobane and … Read moreDPI Turkey ‘On the Ground’ Assessment September – December 2014

Roundtable Meeting: Conflict Resolution, The Irish Experience, Dublin, 15-18 February 2015

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 Committee, policy advisors, lawyers, and … Read moreRoundtable Meeting: Conflict Resolution, The Irish Experience, Dublin, 15-18 February 2015

A Study into the Ways to Better Incorporate Women into Peace-building and Conflict Resolution Through the Implementation of UNSCR 1325

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 … Read moreA Study into the Ways to Better Incorporate Women into Peace-building and Conflict Resolution Through the Implementation of UNSCR 1325

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

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

A Study into the Ways to Better Incorporate Women into Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution Through the Implementation of UNSCR 1325

Women are crucial stakeholders in peacebuilding and democratic reform and yet they are too often sidelined because of entrenched gender biases that continues to uphold gendered socio-cultural inequalities. This is despite the united nations security council resolution 1325 which was passed unanimously in the year 2000. As a result, this working paper examines the role resolution 1325 has had in peacebuilding as well as women’s past exclusion from peacebuilding processes in various countries. It further posits some methods available to states to ensure women’s effective and adequate participation within negotiations and constitution drafting, as it is important to work towards women’s increased topical representation within constitutions, parliamentary politics, and within all levels of state.

DPI marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 25 November 2014

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 … Read moreDPI marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 25 November 2014

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

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.

New Political Equilibrium and The Kurdish Question

This assessment by Ali Bayramoğlu outlines the author’s perspectives on the evolution of the solution process in Turkey over recent years and evaluates the current challenges faced in relation to the resolution of the Kurdish conflict. This assessment is part of DPI’s continuous evaluation of the situation in Turkey in relation to the Kurdish resolution. It forms part of a series of assessments on this topic, undertaken by various experts, both nationally and internationally.

DPI Afghanistan Programme: Comparative Study Visit to Turkey

  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.                         … Read moreDPI Afghanistan Programme: Comparative Study Visit to Turkey

Briefing: International Contact Group for the Southern Philippines Peace Process

This paper forms part of DPI’s research series examining the Southern Philippines peace process. It aims to provide an overview of the role of the International Contact Group, the first ever formal hybrid mediation support initiative of its kind; developed over 15 years of negotiations in the Philippines and bringing together various NGOs and diplomats. The ICG was established in … Read moreBriefing: International Contact Group for the Southern Philippines Peace Process

DPI Director Kerim Yildiz contributes to Iletisim publication on Conflict Resolution

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 … Read moreDPI Director Kerim Yildiz contributes to Iletisim publication on Conflict Resolution

Publication of New Paper on the Role of Diaspora in Conflict Resolution

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/  

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 … Read moreMakers or Breakers of Peace: The Role of Diasporas in Conflict Resolution

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

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

DPI Council of Experts Member and Member of Prime Minister Erdoğan’s Wise Persons Committee Yilmaz Ensaroğlu, Discusses DPI’s Work with Turkey’s Daily Sabah Newspaper in an In-Depth Interview on Conflict Resolution in the Context of Turkey’s Kurdish Question

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 … Read moreDPI Council of Experts Member and Member of Prime Minister Erdoğan’s Wise Persons Committee Yilmaz Ensaroğlu, Discusses DPI’s Work with Turkey’s Daily Sabah Newspaper in an In-Depth Interview on Conflict Resolution in the Context of Turkey’s Kurdish Question

Diary of an Intern – My Experience with Democratic Progress Institute (DPI)

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 … Read moreDiary of an Intern – My Experience with Democratic Progress Institute (DPI)

Final in DPI Series of Political Party Comparative Study Visits to Ireland: 27 to 31 May 2014

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 … Read moreFinal in DPI Series of Political Party Comparative Study Visits to Ireland: 27 to 31 May 2014

Second in DPI Series of Political Party Comparative Study Visits to Ireland: 6 to 10 May

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 … Read moreSecond in DPI Series of Political Party Comparative Study Visits to Ireland: 6 to 10 May

Roundtable Meeting: The Role of Civil Society in Conflict Resolution – The Irish Experience

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 … Read moreRoundtable Meeting: The Role of Civil Society in Conflict Resolution – The Irish Experience

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

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

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

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

DPI publishes assessment of Turkey’s process

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’. … Read moreDPI publishes assessment of Turkey’s process

Turkey’s Kurdish Conflict: An Assessment of the Current Process

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’. … Read moreTurkey’s Kurdish Conflict: An Assessment of the Current Process

DPI Comparative Study Visit to Ireland: The Role of Women in Conflict Resolution 28 November – 1 December 2013

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, … Read moreDPI Comparative Study Visit to Ireland: The Role of Women in Conflict Resolution 28 November – 1 December 2013

A Practical Analysis of Governance Models

Democracy plays a crucial role in post-conflict societies and most societies emerging from conflict adopt some form of democratic government. This paper demonstrates that even though differences in societies and patterns of conflict pose complex challenges for the post-conflict reconstruction,democratic governance can lead to long-term reconciliation of parties in conflict by transferring the fight to the halls of politics.

Political Representation: A Method of Conflict Resolution and a Process of Democratic Progress

This paper considers three case studies and the different political structures that Bolivia, South Africa and Sri Lanka have in place, in order to provide examples of both positive and less effective methods of ensuring political representation. In doing so, this paper aims to demonstrate the way in which greater political representation can lead to a successful resolution of conflict and/or help to assist democratic progress more generally.

Turkey’s Current ‘Process’: Views from the Diaspora – November 2013

As part of DPI’s larger project outlining perceptions of the current  ‘process’ in Turkey, it has sought to engage with groups representing the views of the Kurdish and Turkish diaspora in Europe. This report aims to present the perspectives of these diaspora communities in relation to recent developments in Turkey, focusing in particular on key issues of … Read moreTurkey’s Current ‘Process’: Views from the Diaspora – November 2013

Roundtable Meeting: The Role of Women in Conflict Resolution

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 … Read moreRoundtable Meeting: The Role of Women in Conflict Resolution

A Pot Pourri of Civil Society Action for Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding

This paper by DPI Council of Experts Member and a Founder of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, Avila Kilmurray, presents the ways in which Civil Society interventions can promote peace-building and conflict transformation, drawing on the experience of Northern Ireland. This paper was presented during DPI’s roundtable on the Role of Civil Society in Conflict Resolution, which took place in Istanbul in April 2013, and during which Avila Kilmurray was a speaker.

King’s College London blog publishes DPI ‘Diary of an Intern’

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 … Read moreKing’s College London blog publishes DPI ‘Diary of an Intern’

DPI’s Comparative Study Vist to South Africa Completed

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 … Read moreDPI’s Comparative Study Vist to South Africa Completed

DPI Comparative Study Visit to South Africa: 30th April – 7th May 2013

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 … Read moreDPI Comparative Study Visit to South Africa: 30th April – 7th May 2013

Roundtable Meeting: ‘The Role of Civil Society in Conflict Resolution’

‘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, … Read moreRoundtable Meeting: ‘The Role of Civil Society in Conflict Resolution’

New Expert Paper by Ned Thomas: Enabling Minority Languages

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 … Read moreNew Expert Paper by Ned Thomas: Enabling Minority Languages

Enabling Minority Languages

This paper argues that the placing of minority languages within a comparative framework and a wider context of cultural diversity has become more relevant within a globalising economy, and that the earlier European experience deserves revisiting and may call for some rethinking by majorities and minorities of the way they think of each other.

New report: The Role of Local Media in Conflict Resolution

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 … Read moreNew report: The Role of Local Media in Conflict Resolution

DPI Strategic Retreat

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.

Incorporating Women into Peacebuilding and Democratic Reform

Women are crucial stakeholders in peacebuilding and democratic reform and yet they are too often sidelined because of entrenched gender biases. This working paper examines women’s past exclusion from peacebuilding processes in various countries and posits some methods available to states to ensure women’s effective and adequate participation within negotiations and constitution drafting, as well as … Read moreIncorporating Women into Peacebuilding and Democratic Reform

Expert Paper: ‘After ETA? Catalonia, Euskadi and the Spanish Constitution’

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 … Read moreExpert Paper: ‘After ETA? Catalonia, Euskadi and the Spanish Constitution’

After ETA? Catalonia, Euskadi and the Spanish Constitution

This 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 armed conflict between ETA and the … Read moreAfter ETA? Catalonia, Euskadi and the Spanish Constitution

Two new working papers published

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 … Read moreTwo new working papers published

Civil Society Mediation in Conflict Resolution

Civil society can play a crucial role in all aspects of conflict resolution, including mediation, and yet they are often not provided with the opportunities to do so within official, government-led peace processes. This working paper examines the suitability of different civil society actors as mediators in conflict resolution both as part of the official process and independently through an … Read moreCivil Society Mediation in Conflict Resolution

Democracy Promotion and Conflict Resolution: The Role of Access to Justice

Access to justice is often a reflection of broader socio-political trends in society. Effective access to justice is a crucial element of engagement between society and the state that allows citizens to seek fair remedy for their grievances regardless of their position in society. This report examines why access to justice contributes to conflict-resolution and the promotion of democracy and … Read moreDemocracy Promotion and Conflict Resolution: The Role of Access to Justice

Silk Commission suggests referendum to give Wales tax powers

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 … Read moreSilk Commission suggests referendum to give Wales tax powers

Gender, Development and Conflict Resolution: Enhancing Rights & Equitable Practice

Women are crucial stakeholders in peacebuilding and democratic reform and yet they are too often sidelined because of entrenched gender biases. This paper contributes evidence-based research to consolidate policy awareness of the importance of incorporating gender perspectives into all aspects of civil and political life in ‘conflict societies’ in order to advance inclusion and democracy, … Read moreGender, Development and Conflict Resolution: Enhancing Rights & Equitable Practice

Recruiting for General Interns

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 … Read moreRecruiting for General Interns

Roundtable Meeting: ‘The Role of Local Media in Conflict Resolution’

‘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 … Read moreRoundtable Meeting: ‘The Role of Local Media in Conflict Resolution’

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’

Roundtable in Istanbul, Turkey, 19 September 2012

   ‘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 … Read moreRoundtable in Istanbul, Turkey, 19 September 2012

Seminar in Kent, United Kingdom, 24-26 June: ‘Constitution Making in a Divided Society’

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. … Read moreSeminar in Kent, United Kingdom, 24-26 June: ‘Constitution Making in a Divided Society’

Comparative Study Visit in Wales, United Kingdom, 21-24 June

‘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 … Read moreComparative Study Visit in Wales, United Kingdom, 21-24 June

Comparative Study Starts With Welcome Dinner

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 … Read moreComparative Study Starts With Welcome Dinner

Forthcoming Seminar in Kent, United Kingdom, 24-26 June: ‘Constitution Making in a Divided Society’

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 … Read moreForthcoming Seminar in Kent, United Kingdom, 24-26 June: ‘Constitution Making in a Divided Society’

Forthcoming Comparative Study Visit in Wales, United Kindom, June 21-24

‘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 … Read moreForthcoming Comparative Study Visit in Wales, United Kindom, June 21-24

DPI Hosts Roundtable on Media and Conflict in Istanbul

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 … Read moreDPI Hosts Roundtable on Media and Conflict in Istanbul

Roundtable at Galatasaray University, Istanbul, 28 April: ‘The Role of the Media In Conflict’

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 … Read moreRoundtable at Galatasaray University, Istanbul, 28 April: ‘The Role of the Media In Conflict’