Dr. Esra Çuhadar is a senior expert for dialogue and peace processes at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Previously, Dr. Çuhadar was an associate professor of political science at Bilkent University in Turkey and a senior fellow at the Inclusive Peace and Transition Initiative in Geneva. Additionally, she was Jennings Randolph senior fellow at USIP and a Fulbright visiting scholar at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She also worked at Sabancı University in Istanbul.

Dr. Çuhadar’s research interests include inclusive peace processes, mediation, track two diplomacy, the role of civil society in peacebuilding, evaluation of peacebuilding, negotiation pedagogy, and political leadership. Her research has been published in top academic journals and in more than twenty book chapters. Dr. Çuhadar received the Young Scientist Award from the Science Academy in Turkey in 2013 and received research grants from USIP, Sabancı University, TUBITAK, German Marshall Fund, and various governments.

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 around the world. She worked as a regional mediator for the World Bank in Turkey and Caucasus. She was elected as a member of the International Society for Political Psychology Governing Council and also served as a board member for the European Mediation Network Initiative. She is a core member of the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network Turkey antenna.

Dr. Çuhadar received her master’s, doctorate, and an advanced graduate certificate in applied conflict resolution from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She received a best dissertation award from Syracuse University in 2005.

Publications By Esra

To Sustain Hopes for Peace in Ukraine, Keep an Eye on Turkey

To Sustain Hopes for Peace in Ukraine, Keep an Eye on Turkey

Thursday, April 28, 2022

By: Esra Çuhadar, Ph.D.;  Juan Diaz-Prinz, Ph.D.

Russia’s atrocities against Ukrainian civilians and its escalated warfare in southeastern Ukraine have swept aside last month’s public discussion of peace options as the countries briefly held talks in Turkey. Yet even in the darkest moments, all sides in this war, including the United States and Europe, have strong interests in maintaining channels for negotiation that can be used when opportunity re-emerges. Protecting that interest means understanding and maintaining Turkey’s role in facilitating talks—and its potential to serve more actively as a mediator.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Peace Processes

Understanding Resistance to Inclusive Peace Processes

Understanding Resistance to Inclusive Peace Processes

Monday, March 23, 2020

By: Esra Çuhadar, Ph.D.

Current peace processes are designed to be more inclusive of women, civil society, youth, opposition political parties, and other frequently marginalized communities. Implementation of inclusive peace processes, however, has not progressed smoothly—and are frequently met with resistance. Based on an examination of instances of resistance in thirty peace and transition negotiations since 1990, this report enhances practitioners’ understanding of who resists, against whose participation, using what tactics, and with what motives.

Type: Peaceworks

Peace Processes

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