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Ankara Sosyal Bilimler Üniversitesi


"ASBÜ'nün vizyonu dünyadaki araştırma üniversiteleri arasında, sosyal bilimler araştırmaları alanında etkin bir konuma gelmektir."

Messages from the Director and Manager of the MA in Peace and Conflict Studies Program

"Whether you are a graduate student interested in the field, a senior diplomat, government official, UN staff, civil society worker or citizen activist, I am glad this website and call for applications for our upcoming semesters has reached you. The Social Sciences University of Ankara’s international MA in Peace & Conflict Studies is designed for adult practitioners and professionals in the field. Participants come from around the world and include adult learners and experienced professionals. Faculty are selected from amongst the top experts, academics and professionals internationally and brought in for intensive week-long courses. In all senses of the word, this is a truly global programme. Yet the MA in Peace and Conflict Studies is more than that. It has been created to help support, nurture and empower future leaders, professionals, and particulary those seeking to become change makers. The program aims to help you gain, deepen or further the knowledge, skills and expertise needed to truly make a difference - in your community, your country, and the world. Our commitment is to not only provide you with the highest quality possible educational experience, but to help empower you for the change you want to make”

– Prof.Dr. Havva Kök Arslan, Head of the Department of International Relations, ASBU

“ASBU’s MA program in Peace and Conflict Studies (MAPCS) is the only one of its kind in this region. MAPCS was originally developed five years ago at another state university, but has recently transferred to ASBU with the governments backing and support to continue strengthening and expanding its program to address the increasing needs and demands in the region. Turkey provides students with many unique opportunities to analyze and study conflict given the Country’s strategic location connecting Western Europe and the Balkans to Central Asia and the Middle East. Students will have the chance to learn about Turkey’s rich Anatolian heritage and wisdom of peace*, which underpins the philosophy and approach of the program. Furthermore, students will have the opportunity to explore the country’s diverse historical, cultural, religious, and linguistic traditions through academic travels. They will also gain firsthand insight from practitioners working in the field at the policy and grassroots level who are currently working on some of the most pressing contemporary issues concerning refugees, migrants, mediation, conflict transformation and peacebuilding initiatives. Our students also learn from each other, coming from all over the world. This program prepares students for future careers working with government ministries, local and international nongovernmental organizations”

* Anatolian peninsula has been the home of numerous civilizations throughout history. It has witnessed conflicts and sought its way out of them through its wisdom of peace that is filtered from thousands of years of experience. The wisdom of Anatolia refers to the cultural, customary, and political attitudes in the process of unifying the elements of this peninsula especially after the arrival of Islam.

– Assistant Professor Vanessa Tinker, international lecturer for the Department of International Relations, ASBU

MA in Peace and Conflict Studies

The goal of the MA in Peace and Conflict Studies program is to develop your skills in critical thinking and to teach you to analyze deep cultural and structural conflicts, their underlying causes, and how to transform and manage them in a peaceful and ethical way. The program’s inter-disciplinary nature will enhance your ability to work in an academic manner while learning the necessary analytical skills for peace studies in the following areas: psychology, media, development, civil society, education, human rights, and more.