Conference Announcement: From War to Peace, from Conflict to Resolution

3 12 2014

From War to Peace, from Conflict to Resolution, 13-14  December 2014, Diyarbakir & IstanbulKurtKonferansiAfis.25.11.14.Web   

The issue described by some as the “Turkish question” and by others as the “Kurdish question” has been standing in front of us for a century with vast repercussions in political, social, economic and cultural spheres. In the past, we have at times witnessed increased optimism for peace and resolution, and the rise of pessimist sentiment due to war and conflict at some other times.

In addition to the policies pursued by politicians and social actors, numerous NGOs organized many panel discussions, conferences and events during periods of optimism or pessimism. Thus, we can claim to have sufficient knowledge about the historical roots and evolution of the question at hand.

However, we cannot say the same for the very “peace or resolution process” itself in the last few years, which is conducted sometimes in secret, sometimes overtly. We believe that at the present the issue must be debated with its different dimensions through different perspectives, under the light of international cases. As such, we organize the conference entitled “From War to Peace, From Conflict to Resolution” in Ankara and Diyarbakır.

As such we wish to make a thorough analysis of the last few years and discuss the probable processes from different. Although it is impossible to exhaust the entire debate in a single conference, we shall take up the most burning issues, in our opinion, under four headings: Disarmament during Negotiation Processes, Initiatives for Peace and Resolution, Negotiation from Women Perspective.

The following questions could be taken up under the theme Initiatives for Peace and Resolution: How did the direct and indirect talks between the Turkish state and the Kurdish movement evolve in the last years? How can we discuss these negotiations within its historical context? What were the main topics of debate? How did these negotiations shape hopes for peace and resolution? What is the role and impact of third parties and international observers during peace talks? What stages did negotiations go through in similar cases across the world?

The debate under the heading Disarmament during Negotiation Processes could turn around the following questions: Does disarmament correspond to the mutual refusal of violence by the two sides? Under which circumstances did disarmament take place in different cases across the world? In the context of the Kurdish question in Turkey, what do the sides expect in terms of disarmament? In which situations does disarmament help resolve the issue, and which problems it does not?

Negotiation from Women Perspective could spark a debate around these questions: What does women perspective prioritize in peace talks? How does women perspective contribute to the societal peace processes? Is peace possible without the voice of women? How women were included or excluded in similar negotiations the world over?

Our hope is to contribute to societal peace with this and similar events…

From War to Peace, from Conflict to Resolution
13. December 2014Elite World İstanbul Hotel

13. December, Saturday 

09.00-09.30 Registration

09.30-09.50 Inaugural Speeches: 
Ibrahim Gürbüz, İsmail Beşikçi Foundation
Ulrike Dufner, Heinrich Böll Stiftung Turkey Representation

09.50-11.00 Open Forum: Resolution/Peace Process from Two Perspectives
Mahir Ünal, Justice and Development Party (tbc)
Idris Baluken, Peoples’ Democratic Party (tbc)
Moderator: Şirin Payzın, Journalist (tbc)

11.00-13.00 First Panel Discussion: Initiatives for Peace and Resolution
International Experiences, Alvaro de Soto, Global Leadership Foundation
Direct and Indirect Initiatives during Negotiations, Fehim Işık, Journalist-Author
The Role and Impact of International Observers, Francesc Vendrell, John Hopkins University, Washington DC
Moderator: Ayhan Bilgen, Human Rights Defender

13.00-14.30 Lunch Break

14.30-16.30 Second Panel Discussion: Disarmament during Negotiation Processes
Disarmament in the Conflict between the Turkish State and PKK, Cengiz Çandar, Journalist-Author
Why do Armed Groups Disarm? Harun Ercan, Koç University
International Experiences, N.N.
Moderator: Şemsa Özar, Boğaziçi University

16.30-17.00 Tea-Coffee Break

17.00-19.00 Third Panel Discussion: Negotiation from Womens Perspective
Women in Negotiation Processes, Nimet Tanrıkulu, Women’s Initiative for Peace
Women in Peace-Building, Yüksel Genç, Journalist-Author
International Experiences, Helen Scanlon, University of Cape Town
Moderator: Mehmet Tarhan, Conscientious Objector / LGBT Rights Activist

From War to Peace, from Conflict to Resolution
14. December, 2014, Diyarbakır Liluz Hotel

14. December, Sunday

09.30-10.00 Registration

10.00-10.30 Inaugural Speech:
İsmail Beşikçi, İsmail Beşikçi Foundation
Nejdet İpekyüz, Diyarbakir Institute for Political and Social Research (DİSA)

10.30-12.30 First Panel Discussion: Initiatives for Peace and Resolution
International Experiences, Alvaro de Soto, Global Leadership Foundation
Direct and Indirect Initiatives during Negotiations, Fehim Işık, Journalist-Author
The Role and Impact of International Observers, Francesc Vendrell, John Hopkins University, Washington DC
Moderator: Ayhan Bilgen, Human Rights Defender

12.30-14.00 Lunch Break

14.00-15.30 Second Panel Discussion: Disarmament during Negotiation Processes
Why do Armed Groups Disarm? Harun Ercan, Koç University
International Experiences, N.N.
Moderator: Nurcan Baysal, DISA

15.30-16.00 Tea-Coffee Break

16.00-18.00 Third Panel Discussion: Negotiation from Women Perspective
Women in Negotiation Processes, Nimet Tanrıkulu, Women’s Initiative for Peace
Women in Peace-Building Yüksel Genç, Journalist-Author
International Experiences, Helen Scanlon, University of Cape Town
Moderator: Mehmet Tarhan, Conscientious Objector / LGBT Rights Activist

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