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March 2017

Roundtable Discussion on Turkey: From Coup Attempt to Referendum – Identity Groups Revisited

6 March
Brussels, Brussels,

On 6th of March 2017, PODEM organized a roundtable discussion in collaboration with The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) at the European Parliament in Brussels within the frame of its “Social Peace in Turkey” project. During this roundtable discussion on Turkey, PODEM shared the findings of the lately conducted field research. Among the participants, there were parliamentarians from different countries, representatives of civil society organizations, researchers and academics. “Social Peace in Turkey” project focuses on perceptions of different social segments in Turkey towards…

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February 2017

Social Peace in Turkey: Alevi Perspectives Towards Turkey and Politics

10 February
Conrad Hotel, Saray Caddesi No: 5, Cihannüma Mahallesi
İstanbul, Türkiye

On 10th February 2017, PODEM organized a workshop in Istanbul within the frame of its “Social Peace in Turkey” project, in order to assess recent developments occurred in Turkey from Alevi groups’ perspectives and work towards building tangible policy recommendations in political and socio-economic spheres. During the workshop, ongoing circumstances aftermath the July 15th coup attempt had been discussed in detail by the people from diverse civil society organizations of Alevi groups. Following the discussion on recent affairs in Turkey,…

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Social Peace in Turkey: Diyarbakır

4 February @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sur, Diyarbakır, Diyarbakır, Türkiye

On 4th February 2017, PODEM organized a workshop in Diyarbakır within the frame of its “Social Peace in Turkey” project, in order to assess recent developments occurred in Turkey from Kurdish perspective and work towards building tangible policy recommendations in political and socio-economic spheres. During the workshop, ongoing circumstances aftermath the July 15th coup attempt had been discussed in detail by academics, lawyers and people from civil society and business world organizations. Following the discussion on recent affairs in Turkey, participants…

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January 2017

Business for Social Peace: Istanbul – 2

20 January @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

On 20th January 2017, PODEM, with the support of TÜRKONFED (Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation), convened a roundtable meeting with the participation of business people from various provinces, in order to develop joint suggestions for the development of Eastern and Southeastern regions. The meeting started with the presentation of the findings of a field research carried out with business people from Istanbul and Diyarbakır throughout September – October 2016. In the following discussion session, business community’s outlook to recent political…

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December 2016

Business for Social Peace: Van

12 December, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

On 9th December 2016, PODEM convened a meeting in Van, hosted by the Van Chamber of Trade and Industry (Van TSO), with the participation of local business people, to discuss the economic situation in the region and discuss steps towards peace and socioeconomic development. At the meeting which brought together PODEM and business people from Istanbul with members of the Van TSO, findings of a research conducted throughout November 2016 with business people from Turkey’s East and West were presented…

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Youth Mobilization in Turkey and Europe

Research Event
5 December, 2016 - 6 December, 2016
Brussels, Brussels,

On 6th December 2016, in Brussels, PODEM convened a roundtable meeting on “Youth Mobilization in Turkey and Europe”  in partnership with Berghof Foundation. At the meeting, findings of field research conducted with a total of 160 young people from different communities in Istanbul and Diyarbakır were presented from a comparative perspective. Following the first session, findings of a field research, conducted with a total of nearly 350 young people with Turkish backgrounds, from six European countries with strong Turkish diasporic presence,…

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May 2016

Democratic Police Monitoring and Oversight Mechanisms: Study Visit to England and Northern Ireland

Research Event
10 May, 2016 - 12 May, 2016

Together with Raoul Wallenberg Institute and London-based Democratic Progress Institute (DPI), PODEM organised a study visit to London and Belfast on 10th – 12th May 2016 to explore the best practices in police oversight, and to devise criteria towards an effective civilian monitoring system for police in Turkey. In the London leg of the study visit, Dr Mike Hough from Birkbeck College explained the structure of the police in England and Wales. The team then held meetings with representatives of Independent…

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Business for Social Peace: Diyarbakır and Şanlıurfa

2 May, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

On 14th – 15th April 2016, PODEM convened two workshops in Diyarbakır and Urfa with the participation of business people from the region in order to discuss the difficulties in the region amid conflict and discuss steps towards peace and socioeconomic development. In the meetings, which brought together select business representatives from the region, business people from South Africa and Colombia shared their experiences on the role they played in the countries’ respective peace processes and socio-economic development during the…

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April 2016

Report Presentation: “1915 and Beyond: Public Perception in Turkey”

Press Launch
28 April, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Conrad Hotel, Saray Caddesi No: 5, Cihannüma Mahallesi
İstanbul, Türkiye

PODEM launched its first report 1915 and Beyond: Public Perception in Turkey with a press meeting on the 28th April, 2016 in İstanbul. After Sabiha Senyücel and Aybars Görgülü presented the findings of the report, participants discussed their implications and policy proposals. Representatives of non-governmental organizations, academics, members of the press, public officers and issue experts joined the discussion. The report portrays the public perception in Turkey towards the “Armenian Question” – including its  historical background, Armenians’ perceptions of their own…

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December 2015

Youth Mapping in Istanbul: Senses of Belonging – Interactions – Expectations

Research Event
19 December, 2015
The Marmara Pera, Asmalı Mescit Mh., Meşrutiyet Cd No:93
İstanbul, 34430 Türkiye

PODEM convened a workshop as a part of the project “Youth Mapping in Istanbul” on 19th December, 2015. In the workshop, researchers conducting field research with young people from youth groups in various districts of Istanbul discussed their initial findings with academics and young people from the districts under study. Click here to view photos from the workshop.

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The Future of Syrian Refugees and Their Impact on Turkey

1 December, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 2 December, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

On 1st – 2nd December 2015, PODEM convened two roundtable meetings in Gaziantep and Ankara with Saferworld, Baytna Syria and ORSAM to discuss the future of the Syrian refugees and their impact on Turkey. In the Gaziantep leg, representatives of Syrian refugees in Turkey, and in the Ankara leg, civil society representatives and government officials focusing on the issue evaluated the steps that need to be taken for the integration of Syrian refugees to Turkey. A possible integration process was…

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October 2015

Business for Social Peace: Istanbul

14 October, 2015
Point Hotel Barbaros, Yıldız Posta Cd. No:29
İstanbul, 34394

On 14th October 2015, PODEM organised a workshop with the participation of business people from Turkey’s East and West to discuss proposals for the development of the Eastern and Southeastern regions in the medium to long-term. Business people representing the provinces of Diyarbakır, Şırnak, Van, Batman, and Gaziantep expounded the obstacles in the social and economic development of the Eastern and Southeastern regions with their high potential for growth. With business people from Turkey’s West, they exchanged ideas on the prospective steps that can be…

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August 2015

The US-Turkey Safe Zone Agreement: What Does It Mean?

7 August, 2015

On August 6, 2015, the SETA Foundation at Washington D.C. organized a panel discussion entitled, “The US-Turkey Safe Zone Agreement: What Does It Mean?” The panelists included Sabiha Senyucel, Research Director, PODEM; Melissa Dalton Fellow and Chief of Staff, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); Mark Perry, Independent Author; and Kadir Ustun, Executive Director, the SETA Foundation at Washington D.C. The panel was moderated by Kilic Kanat, Research Director, the SETA Foundation at Washington D.C. Sabiha from PODEM contextualized the recent US-Turkey deal and outlined…

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June 2015

The Participation of the Local Business Community in the Peace Process

29 June, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 1 July, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Sur, Diyarbakır, Diyarbakır, Türkiye
Çalışma toplantısı

PODEM visited civil society organizations in the province of Diyarbakır between the 29th June and 1st July 2015 as a part of its project on the participation of the business community in the peace process, carried out in partnership with the Berghof Foundation. Etyen Mahçupyan, Özge Genç, and Beril Bahadır from PODEM exchanged ideas with Ahmet Sayar and Metin Aslan, the Chair and Vice-Chair of Diyarbakır Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Şahismail Bedirhanoğlu, Chair of DOGÜNSİFED; Burç Baysal, the Chair of DİSİAD;…

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April 2015

Turkey’s New Think Tank PODEM Is Set to Work

Press Launch
9 April, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Conrad Hotel, Saray Caddesi No: 5, Cihannüma Mahallesi
İstanbul, Türkiye

The first general assembly of PODEM, Istanbul-based think tank founded in February 2015, convened on Thursday, 9th April 2015. PODEM’s founding members are Aybars Görgülü, Ayşe Yırcalı, Bekir Berat Özipek, Can Paker, Cuneyd Zapsu, Ebru Özdemir, Erdal Aksoy, Etyen Mahçupyan, Fırat Çeçen, Hamdi Akın, Hatice Uçum, Kerim Paker, Mehmet Uçum, Murat Vargı, Nur Kırmızıdağ, Oral Çalışlar, Özge Genç, Rona Yırcalı, Sabiha Senyücel, Serdar Bilgili, Serdar Erener, Süleyman Seyfi Öğün, and Vahap Coşkun. Its newly elected Board of Directors constitute Can…

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