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Projects

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Euro-Mediterranean Political Research and Dialogue for Inclusive Policy Making Processes and Dissemination through Network Processes

The Arab Uprising that broke up in December 2010 and then spread into other Southern Mediterranean Countries have left vast Political Change in the region.Three years after, the Southern Mediterranean is far from being peaceful and stable. Currently only one state where a revolution took place, Tunisia is on a clear path towards democratization, after adopting a new constitution. The Arab Uprising ended with the perception of the region as a homogeneous block. In fact the Southern Mediterranean region has been transformed into a very fragmented one, with each of the countries facing different challenges and with the persistence of regional conflicts.

Migration Network in Europe and in Turkey Project

“Migration Network in Europe and Turkey” is supported under the Civil Society Dialogue Programme. The Programme aims to bring together civil society organisations from Turkey and the EU around common topics, to exchange knowledge and experience, and to build a sustained conversation between them.

The Heybeliada Talks: Series of Second Track Diplomacy Meetings on Cyprus

Since its establishment, GPoT Center has been at the forefront in Turkey in terms of keeping the Cyprus issue relevant. We have been regularly bringing together opinion leaders from both sides of Cyprus, Greece and Turkey under the banner of the “Heybeliada Talks”, to discuss issues pertaining to the solution of the Cyprus question.

The meetings, usually closed to journalists and conducted under Chatham House rules, have provided the participants with a trusting environment to frankly debate contested issues, usually in parallel with the official negotiations.
 

Israel-Turkey Policy Dialogue 

A second-track channel of Mitvim – The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies and the Global Political Trends (GPoT) Center, in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

In the hopes of positively impacting the state of relations between their governments, Mitvim - The Israeli Institute of Regional Foreign Policies and the Global Political Trends (GPoT) Center formally signed in 2012 a cooperation agreement, and launched a second-track channel that supports efforts to mend Israel-Turkey ties and enables experts, diplomats and journalists from both countries exchange views on the dramatic changes taking place in the Middle
East.
The cooperation between Mitvim and GPoT includes a series of policy dialogues, hosted both in Istanbul and Tel Aviv and in cooperation with the Friedrich-EbertStiftung. These dialogues have proven to develop and maintain a vital artery of communication during a period of reduced diplomatic ties. They are also regularly covered by the Israeli and Turkish media.
 

NWO-WOTRO Security and Rule of Law Strategic Research Fund project on ‘Comprehensive Approaches to Human Security in Fragile and Conflict Affected Settings: Transnational Dimensions’ 

Violent extremism (VE) has evolved into a transnational threat, impacting the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and beyond. An inclusive and comprehensive human security approach can alleviate, contain and prevent VE, but is failing to be implemented due to the trust deficit between communities and the security sector as well as the shrinking of civic space, often due to counterterrorism (CT) measures.
The objectives of this research include:
 Validating the push and pull factors of radicalization;
 Gaining context-specific insights into how HS is defined;
 Providing insight into conditions for engagement (communities and security stakeholders);
 Producing evidence on how this engagement leads to joint implementation of an HSapproach
on CVE;
 Producing context-specific evidence on how an HS-approach can prevent VE;
 Demonstrating impact of the HS-approach to policymakers;
 Providing insight into the context-specific roles of women in CVE
 Developing effective CVE-policies based on an HS-approach that diminish the support base
for VE in communities (multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder).

Iraq, Egypt and Palestine together present a complementary picture given there are significant differences in terms of push/pull factors leading to VE, civic space, trust levels between government and citizens, and the roles and position of women as change agents. The role of context in an HS approach is thus amplified. The research will validate the push/pull factors and demonstrate the 
Application form Security & Rule of Law - Applied Research Fund: Call for Comprehensive Approaches to Human Security in Fragile and Conflict Affected Settings: Transnational Dimensions efficacy of an HS-approach in preventing VE through engaging local communities. It will involve learning exchange and development at the local level, and connect the community with (inter)national security stakeholders relevant to CVE.

SSHRC Partnership Development Grant on Forced Migration

GPoT Center partners on a project on forced migration. The project creates a research partnership among seven academic institutions and individuals in Canada, the United States, Western Europe, Turkey, and Asia in order to establish the basis for a broader partnership among universities, government agencies, international organizations, and civil society actors.

Forced migration is understood as the involuntary movement of individuals to another part of their country or abroad. It includes people who are seeking asylum, who have been deliberately expelled, who are fleeing violence and political instability, and who have been forced out by ecological disasters.