Turkey has a critical geopolitical location between Europe, the Middle East and the Caucasus; burgeoning economy and strong private sector; rapidly strengthening democracy and vibrant civil society; and memberships to a wide range of organisations from NATO, OECD to the Islamic Conference and candidacy to the EU. Turkey is now a pivotal player not only in regional but global affairs. It is an important peace broker in regional conflicts, a leading country for peacekeeping operations and has been a generous donor for disaster response around the world. However, Turkey is also a country trying to merge its Islamic heritage into broader structures and models of western liberal democratic governance. In its bid to deal with the past legacy of its Ottoman heritage and nation-state building policies of the Republic, Turkey still needs to address a number of fundamental socio-cultural and development challenges. Furthermore, Turkey is also a country affected by a protracted armed conflict based on Kurdish separatism and hence coping with internal security challenges.
With these characteristics in mind, the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies (CPRS) at Coventry University is now home to an innovative research group that will seek to explore a wide range of conflict and peace related issues with a specific reference to Turkey. The CPRS Turkey aims to:
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