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The Kurdish Diaspora in Europe: Spoiler or Supporter of the “Peace Process” in Turkey?
Wednesday, January 14th, 2015. 17:30 - 19:00
The Society of International Affairs presents the first lecture of the year, in which we welcome Dr. Bahar Baser to talk about the situation of the Kurdish diaspora in Europe, and its effects on the ongoing peace process in Turkey.
Dr. Bahar Baser is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, United Kingdom as well as a Swedish Institute Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies (SUITS). She has recently published a book in Turkey entitled: “The Turkish-Kurdish Question in the Diaspora: Second-generation in Sweden and Germany.” Her current research at SUITS is on the potential diaspora contributions to the on-going peace process in Turkey.
Diasporas’ involvement in homeland conflicts and peace processes can be politically, socially and economically crucial for host countries. In Wednesday’s lecture, Dr. Baser will explain the links between the Kurdish diaspora in Europe and the Kurdish peace process and conflict in Turkey, through analyzing the complexities of diaspora involvement in homeland peace processes. The structure and fragmentation of the Kurdish Diaspora has been shown to affect engagement with homeland politics, and in this lecture, there will be the opportunity to explore the role of different groups with varying political agendas.
The lecture will be followed by a thirty minute Q&A session, during which audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Free for members, 20 SEK for everyone else. A one year membership can be purchased for 50 SEK before the lecture.
The lecture is held in lecture hall Sappören.