DPI Online Roundtable Meeting , ‘Civil Society Actors in Turkey: Keeping the Dialogue Alive During Challenging Times’ 17 April 2020

DPI held an online roundtable on the 17th of April 2020 entitled ‘Civil Society Actors in Turkey: Keeping the Dialogue Alive During Challenging Times’. This roundtable follows DPI’s series of events which introduced a group of diverse civil society actors to the key themes and principles of conflict resolution processes. In light of COVID-19, the roundtable was held through an online platform. Despite the challenges posed by the current situation, DPI remains committed to keeping dialogue alive during this time of uncertainty and in finding innovative ways to use technology and understand the openings that COVID-19 can offer conflict resolution and peace building. As with previous events, participants comprised a diverse group of leading civil society actors from different regions and representing the broad spectrum of different political affiliations in Turkey. The online roundtable was also joined by DPI’s Council of Expert members, representatives from the European Union, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ambassador of Ireland to Turkey. The group listened and engaged with an insightful presentation delivered by Pat Hynes from Glencree Centre for Peace & Reconciliation, Ireland. Pat gave a first-hand account of his experience working with the government in the early years of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, and participating in Glencree’s Political Dialogue workshops leading up to the Good Friday Agreement. The roundtable provided a valuable platform for timely discussions on the situation in Turkey and exploring how civil society can keep dialogue alive at a time when the peace process is ‘parked’. The RT forms part of a larger series of activities planned in the context of the project: “Supporting inclusive dialogue at a challenging time in Turkey”, supported by the EU and the Norwegian government.