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 a comparative study of Ireland’s experience hosted by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The roundtable incorporated sessions with civil society actors from Northern Ireland and Ireland, as well as sessions with senior members of the Irish government and other stakeholders and negotiators, who had experience in navigating several challenging periods before the peace agreement in 1998.

Participants comprised a diverse group drawn from across Turkey’s civil society including from leading human rights and women’s organisations, as well as from the business, legal, media, and academic worlds and represented a broad spectrum of different political affiliations in Turkey