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 in Difficult Times. The event will provide a diverse group of civil society actors from different regions in Turkey, including representatives of leading human rights and women’s organisations, as well members of the business, legal, media, religious, and academic worlds, with the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences with key experts from Northern Ireland and Ireland. Experts include civil society actors, as well as senior members of the Irish government and other stakeholders who navigated several challenging periods before the peace agreement in 1998. Discussions will focus on the inclusive and constructive ways in which civil society can contribute to conflict resolution especially where a process has stalled or is facing obstacles. A full report will be made available after the Roundtable.