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Pınar Akpınar
Pınar Akpınar
Researcher

Pınar Akpınar is Action Research Program Manager and adjunct lecturer at Sabancı Business School and Scholar at the Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream of Istanbul Policy Center, Sabancı University. She received her PhD from the School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy (SPIRE), Keele University with her dissertation entitled ‘An emerging mediator on the periphery: Turkey’s mediations in the Syrian-Israeli talks and in Somalia’. Her research interests are gender sensitive conflict resolution, foreign policy, international mediation and diplomacy, peacebuilding, humanitarianism, Turkish domestic and foreign policy, the Middle East, and East Africa. Akpınar taught at various universities including Sabancı University, Kadir Has University and Keele University. She was a visiting scholar at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University in 2013.

Akpinar advises institutions such as Turkish Foreign Ministry and Qatari Ministry of Defense on issues of mediation, conflict resolution and regional politics. She co-facilitated the Somalia-Somaliland Academic Forum (A track II mediation process carried out under the auspices of Turkish Foreign Ministry). She is a board member of and trainer for the Turkey antenna of the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network and a Women in Conflict 1325 Fellow, a women mediators network created by Beyond Borders Scotland.

Akpinar gave seminars on Conflict Resolution and Mediation to foreign junior diplomats at the Diplomatic Academy of Turkish Foreign Ministry, a program hosted by IPC. She also gave training seminars on Conflict Resolution and Mediation at the Model Organization of Islamic Cooperation Conferences in 2012 and 2013.

Dialogue and Sustainable Conflict Resolution in the Kurdish Question and Polarization in Turkey

Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Scholar and Project Manager Pınar Akpınar and Project Officer Efe Doğuş Selvi's final report Dialogue and Sustainable Conflict Resolution in the Kurdish Question and Polarization in Turkey was published in May 2018.

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From Benign Donor To Self-Assured Security Provider: Turkey's Policy In Somalia

Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Scholar Pınar Akpınar‘s policy brief “From Benign Donor To Self-Assured Security Provıder: Turkey’s Policy In Somalia” was published in December 2017.

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Turkish Foreign Policy and The Qatar Crisis

Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Coordinator and Senior Scholar Bülent Aras and Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Scholar Pınar Akpınar‘s policy brief “Turkish Foreign Policy and The Qatar Crisis” was published in August 2017.

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Opportunities on Conflict Resolution and Democracy after July 15

Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Scholar and the Project Manager of Post-Coup Opportunities on Conflict Resolution and Democracy Project Pınar Akpınar and Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Researcher Derya Berk‘s report Opportunities on Conflict Resolution and Democracy after July 15 was published in April 2017.

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The Limits of Mediation in the Arab Spring: The Case of Syria

Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Scholar Pınar Akpınar's article "The Limits of Mediation in the Arab Spring: The Case of Syria" was published in Third World Quarterly on August 11, 2016.

Turkey's Engagement in Africa's Development

Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Scholar Pınar Akpınar’s report Turkey’s Engagement in Africa’s Development was published in February 2016.

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Turkey and India as Global Development and Humanitarian Actors

Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Scholar Pınar Akpınar’s report Turkey and India as Global Development and Humanitarian Actors was published in February 2016.

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International Humanitarian NGOs and Emergency Aid

Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Coordinator and Senior Scholar Bülent Aras and Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Scholar Pınar Akpınar’s report International Humanitarian NGOs and Emergency Aid was published in August 2015.

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International Humanitarian NGOs in Health Aid

Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Coordinator and Senior Scholar Bülent Aras and Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Scholar Pınar Akpınar’s report International Humanitarian NGOs in Health Aid was published in August 2015.

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Mediation as a Foreign Policy Tool in the Arab Spring: Turkey, Qatar and Iran

Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Scholar Pınar Akpınar's article "Mediation as a Foreign Policy Tool in the Arab Spring: Turkey, Qatar and Iran" was published in Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies on July 21, 2015.

A Coming Crisis in Turkey's Humanitarian Diplomacy: the AKP – Gulen Clash

Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Scholar Pınar Akpınar‘s article "A Coming Crisis in Turkey’s Humanitarian Diplomacy: the AKP – Gulen Clash" was published in New Europe Online on June 22, 2016.

Turkey's Peacebuilding in Somalia: The Limits of Humanitarian Diplomacy

Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Scholar Pınar Akpınar‘s article "Turkey's Peacebuilding in Somalia: The Limits of Humanitarian Diplomacy" was published in Turkish Studies on December 20, 2013.

Understanding and Fostering the Role of Women in Mediation

In the framework of the activities of the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network (MWMN), IPC, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the EU Delegation in Ankara, and the Turkish Women Mediators under the leadership of Sabancı University faculty member Ayşe Betül Çelik organized the workshop “Understanding and Fostering the Role of Women in Mediation (Kadının Arabuluculuktaki Rolünü Anlama ve Destekleme)” on June 29–30, 2019 at IPC Karaköy.

In October 2019, the Turkish Women Mediators Network also gave trainings on gender-sensitive conflict resolution and mediation to women opinion leaders in Diyarbakır, Gaziantep, and Mardin with the aim to promote mediation as a non-violent means of conflict resolution and empower women as agents of peace.

Dialogue and Sustainable Conflict Resolution in the Kurdish Question and Polarization in Turkey

The press conference of the Dialogue and Sustainable Conflict Resolution in the Kurdish Question and Polarization in Turkey Project, where Director Fuat Keyman and Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Scholar and Project Manager Pınar Akpınar launched the final report, took place at Vault Karaköy – The House Hotel on May 11, 2018.

The Role of Women in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation

Sabancı University Faculty Member Ayşe Betül Çelik, IPC Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Project Manager Pınar Akpınar, and Project Officer Efe Doğuş Selvi convened the workshop “The Role of Women in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation” on January 11, 2018 at IPC.

This workshop discussed the potential role of women in decreasing polarization and peaceful resolution of the Kurdish Question in Turkey. Women are known to have various roles in building societal peace. The role of women in peacebuilding, the factors that strengthen and weaken cooperation among women in reconciliation, the urgent need for peacebuilding, and new feminist strategies were among the topics discussed in this workshop. 

The Role of Art and Sports in Overcoming Polarization

IPC Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Project Manager Pınar Akpınar and Project Officer Efe Doğuş Selvi convened the workshop titled “The Role of Art and Sports in Overcoming Polarization” on October 5, 2017 at IPC Karaköy. The workshop began with a welcoming speech from Director Fuat Keyman and was moderated by IPC Researcher Altay Atlı.

Polarization is one of the biggest obstacles for the stability and development of Turkey. The lack of dialogue and reconciliation negatively affects the potential for resolution of problems. Art and sports projects have the potential to positively influence conflict resolution and dialogue processes. The workshop on ‘The Role of Art and Sports in Overcoming Polarization’ brought together experts from arts, sports, bureaucracy, politics, academia, civil society and media circles who have previous experience in such projects. It aimed at finding solutions as to how art and sports can be used more efficiently for overcoming polarization. Designed in an interactive format, the workshop intended to present concrete policy advice to stakeholders by bringing together experts from relative fields.

Post-Coup Opportunities on Conflict Resolution and Democracy Project Press Conferences

The press conference of the "Post-Coup Opportunities on Conflict Resolution and Democracy Project Press Conferences" was held on April 27, 2017.

Inclusive Growth and Political Consensus after July 15th Workshop

IPC Project Manager of Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Pınar Akpınar convened the workshop titled “Inclusive Growth and Political Consensus after July 15th” on March 3, 2017 at Diyarbakır.

Cevdet Yılmaz, Minister of Development from 2011 to 2015 and the current Deputy Head of Publicity & Media of AKP and IPC Director Fuat Keyman gave the keynote speeches. The workshop was based on activities, which were coordinated by Pınar Akpınar. IPC Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Coordinator Bülent Aras, and IPC Researchers Derya Berk, Altay Atlı, and Ayşe Köse were participants at the workshop.

The workshop was organized as part of the ‘Post-Coup Opportunities on Conflict Resolution and Democracy’ project, managed by Pınar Akpınar, which aims to identify what can be done to harness post-coup dynamics to help address the Kurdish issue and polarization in Turkey; and, influence policy-makers to adopt those recommendations. The project provides a platform to increase awareness and enhance dialogue through conflict identification, analysis and resolution by conducting field research, organizing workshops, analysing data, promoting discussion, and disseminating information.

Reforming Turkey: Institution Building After July 15th

IPC Project Manager of Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Pınar Akpınar and Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Researcher Derya Berk convened the workshop titled “Reforming Turkey: Institution Building After July 15th” on January 18, 2017 at IPC Karaköy.

Turkey has been faced with a number of challenges since the failed coup attempt of July 15th. One of the greatest ones has been the weakening of its state institutions as a result of the decades old deployment of ‘parallel structures’ within these institutions as well as the massive wave of expulsions on the aftermath of the coup. ‘Reforming Turkey: Institution Building after July 15th’ identified and analyzed the key conflicts and challenges for institution building in the course of the post-coup period and offer possible solutions in order to contain polarization and foster inclusive democracy. Designed in an interactive format, the workshop brought together scholars and experts from diverse backgrounds and come up with solid policy recommendations for key stakeholders.

Polarization, Consensus and Democracy After July 15th

IPC Project Manager of Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Pınar Akpınar and Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Researcher Derya Berk convened the workshop titled “Polarization, Consensus and Democracy After July 15th” on January 17, 2017 at IPC Karaköy.

Turkey has been experiencing an increased level of polarization in recent years. The 15 July 2016 coup attempt has left Turkey in a state of further uncertainty and deepened existing social and political dichotomies within the country. ‘Polarization, Consensus and Democracy after July 15th Workshop’ identified and analyzed the key conflicts that challenge the consolidation of Turkish democracy in the course of the post-coup period and offer possible solutions in order to contain polarization and foster inclusive democracy. A positive consequence of the coup attempt has been the emergence of a broad public consensus among different factions of the society on civilian rule as an undisputed norm. The workshop also explored opportunities vis-à-vis the sustainability of this rare atmosphere of unity by promoting dialogue. Designed in an interactive format, the workshop brought together scholars and experts from diverse backgrounds and come up with solid policy recommendations for key stakeholders.

Kurdish Question and Democracy after July 15th

IPC organized the workshop titled “Kurdish Question and Democracy after July 15th” as part of the Post-Coup Opportunities on Conflict Resolution and Democracy Project on December 2, 2016 in Ankara. Director Fuat Keyman gave the opening speech, while Senior Scholar & Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Coordinator, Bülent Aras, and Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Scholar, Pınar Akpınar, were moderators.

Workshop on International Humanitarian NGOs and Emergency Aid

IPC organized a workshop on “International Humanitarian NGOs and Emergency Aid (Uluslararası İnsani Sivil Toplum Kuruluşları ve Acil Yardım Çalıştayı)” on March 6, 2015 at IPC Karakoy.