5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

The Role of Humanitarian NGOs in Turkey’s Peacebuilding

Podcast available

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Podcast (Audio only)

Recent years have seen Turkish humanitarian non-governmental organizations play a growing role in international peacebuilding. The rapid growth in their number and the scope of their work has garnered  increased attention, particularly within the framework of Turkey’s new foreign policy. The speakers will present the findings of their research on the nature and modus operandi of Turkey’s humanitarian NGOs, within the larger context of an increasingly pluralist environment of peacebuilding. What are the parameters of Turkey’s peacebuilding experience? To what extent can we talk about an interaction between the state and the NGOs? What are the main activities and key features of Turkish humanitarian NGOs? Is it a sustainable model or one dependent upon temporary policies?

This event is co-sponsored by the Wilson Center's Middle East Program, the Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) at Sabanci University, and the Turkish-American Cultural Society (TACS).


  • Bulent Aras

    Global Fellow
    Professor of International Relations, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Sabancı University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Pinar Akpinar

    Research Fellow, Istanbul Policy Center at Sabanci University
  • Kemal Kirişci

    TÜSİAD Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy; Director, Turkey Project, Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings Institution