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GLODEM Center of Koc University


Welcome to the Center for Research on Globalization, Peace, and Democratic Governance (GLODEM). GLODEM is an academic and policy-oriented research center based at Koc University, Istanbul.

The purpose of GLODEM is to analyze dynamics of domestic and international economic and political interactions relevant to its three areas of expertise: globalization and political economy; peace and conflict resolution; and democratic governance. These dynamics include international finance and investment; new and ongoing conflicts; and evolving contexts of governance in established, emerging, and eroding democracies.

GLODEM engages academia, public agencies, private entities, and civil society organizations relevant to its areas of expertise. This engagement enables GLODEM to support meaningful, relevant research and analysis. This engagement also positions GLODEM as a central source of information and recommendations.




  • GLODEM board members Assoc. Prof. Bahar Rumelili and Assoc. Prof. Suhnaz Yilmaz will take part in a H2020 consortium analyzing the future of Turkey-EU relations. The project, The Future of EU-Turkey Relations: Mapping Dynamics and Testing Scenarios (FEUTURE),   brings together 14 experienced universities and think tanks from the EU, Turkey, and the neighborhood. Research conducted at Koc University will focus on the identity/cultural and energy dimensions of EU-Turkey relations.

  • GLODEM eş başkanı Caner Bakır'ın Dünya gazetesinde söyleşisi yayımlandı.






Upcoming Events


December 17, 2015

"Justice Matters: Durable Agreements and Durable Peace"

Prof. Dr. Daniel Druckman, George Mason University

Abstract: Attaining durable peace after a civil war has become a major challenge, as many negotiated agreements lapse into violence. How can negotiations to terminate civil wars be conducted and peace agreements formulated to contribute to lasting peace? This question is addressed in this seminar. Focusing on justice, we assess relationships between process (procedural: PJ) and outcome (distributive: DJ) justice on the one hand and durable agreements (DA) and durable peace (DP) on the other.  Analyses of 50 peace agreements, ranging from 1957 to 2008, showed a path from PJ to DJ to DA to DP: The justice variables were instrumental in enhancing both short and long-term peace. PJ also led to shorter-duration peacekeeping missions, which enhanced DP. Economic growth was not a dividend of the agreements. These findings are similar to those found in an earlier study of 16 peace agreements. Results from both studies suggest that justice matters as an importance contributor to peace. Justice matters as well in other issue domains as shown by results obtained in related studies.

Koc University, CAS 127 - 16.15





Onat Kibaroğlu

December 2015

One Road, One Belt, One Last Chance

How the New Chinese Silk Road offers Istanbul an unprecedented opportunity

As Christopher Columbus set foot on the Caribbean Islands in October 1492, it marked the beginning of the end for the old world order and the start of the Atlantic era. The Ottoman Empire and the Chinese Ming Dynasty were at their height at this point, commanding the trade in their respective Mediterranean and East Asian regions. Both of these old world empires were well-aware of this rapid development thanks to their legendary naval explorers, Barbaros Hayreddin and Zheng He, but were unwilling to join the Western civilisations in their exploitation of the Americas. As a result, the millennial Silk Road lost its appeal as the Western explorers flocked to the resource-laden new found lands. 

Such reluctance has cost both these civilisations quite significantly, as both were eventually dominated severely by the rising European powers in the following centuries. Xi Jinping’s New Silk Road project...

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