National dialogues as inclusion mechanisms for political transitions

Dr. Esra Çuhadar

Date&Time: November, 24, Thursday, 16.00
Room: A130

National Dialogues are increasingly regarded as a legitimate and effective negotiation format to tackle national political crises. Yet, there is no common understanding on the features that distinguish National Dialogues from other multi-stakeholder negotiation formats, nor on the design and context features that influence the outcomes of National Dialogues. The purpose of this paper is to fill this gap by presenting empirical evidence regarding the set-up of National Dialogues, how they have functioned, as well as the conditions under which National Dialogues have produced sustainable outcomes. We also elaborate on the relationship between the National Dialogues and other participation mechanisms used in negotiation processes.

Bio: Esra Çuhadar is an Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Bilkent University in Turkey and a Senior Fellow at the Inclusive Peace and Transition Initiative at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. She was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University during the 2011-2012 academic year. Before Bilkent University, she worked at Sabancı University. Dr. Cuhadar received her M.A and Ph.D. and an advanced graduate certificate in Applied Conflict Resolution from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. Dr. Cuhadar’s research interests include conflict resolution and political psychology. Her research has been published in academic journals such as Political Psychology, Computers in Human Behavior, Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, Negotiation Journal, International Negotiation, Journal of Peace Research, Mediterranean Politics, International Studies Perspectives, Turkish Studies and Perceptions and also in various book chapters. Dr Cuhadar received one of the Young Scientist Awards (BAGEP) by the Science Academy in Turkey and received research grants from USIP, Sabanci University, TUBITAK, and German Marshall Fund. Besides her research in peacebuilding and conflict resolution, she has conducted numerous trainings and consultations in negotiation and mediation processes for various groups and organizations in Turkey and elsewhere. She has been working as a regional mediator for the World Bank in Turkey and Caucasus since 2011. She was elected as a member of the International Society for Political Psychology Governing Council (2010-2012) and also served as a board member of the European Mediation Network Initiative.