Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dilek LATİF

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Dr. Dilek Latif is senior lecturer in International Relations department at Near East University in Nicosia. She obtained Ph.D from Middle East Technical University on Peace building in Ethnically Divided Societies with a focus on Bosnia and Herzegovina. She was Fulbright Visiting Scholar in California State University- Dominguez Hills in Fall 2007, where researched on “Peace Education: New Approaches to the Teaching of a Contested History”.

She won the Article Competition Award of the Centre for Policy Studies in Central European University in Budapest in 2005; and the Essay Competition Award, organized by the Irmgard Coninx Foundation in cooperation with the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) and the Humboldt-University Berlin, the Irmgard Coninx Research Grant 2009 on “Memory Politics: Education, memorials and mass media”. With Fulbright Short-Term Training Award, Dr. Latif was a Research fellow at Boston University and US Institute of Peace (USIP) at Washington DC/USA during the summer term in 2012.

Her research interests are in the area of peace studies and peace education, focusing on peace building and reconciliation strategies in divided societies, including history and religious education in Cyprus. Within this scope, Dr. Latif has been involved in internationally sponsored bi-communal peace and education projects in Cyprus as coordinator, consultant, researcher and trainer. Her research has been published on these issues in international edited volumes and peer reviewed journals. Dr Latif also taught a variety of international relations and history courses such as Comparative Political Systems, Introduction to Politics, History of Turkish Republic, the History and Politics of Cyprus, Peacebuilding in Balkans, Conflict Resolution, Peace Education and Research Methods.