Aydın, Ateş Furkan
This thesis explores the prospect of including practices based on the South African notion of ubuntu¸ an old concept that emphasizes shared humanity among all human beings, within the structure of international peacebuilding efforts. The qualities of ubuntu, and the conflict resolution methods influenced by the concept will be examined, while the experience of post-apartheid South Africa will be utilized as an influential example of embracing the values of ubuntu in peacebuilding. After discussing the current state and shortcomings of international peacebuilding efforts, the thesis will argue that ubuntu can indeed contribute to these undertakings with its emphasis on reconciliation, forgiveness, and truth-seeking.


The Nature of Africa’s relations with external actors in historical context: the colonial, cold war and post-cold war eras
Nyadera, Israel Nyaburi; Tayfur, Mehmet Fatih; Department of International Relations (2017)
This research seeks to examine the nature of relations between external actors and the continent of Africa. By looking at the colonial, cold war and the post-cold war eras, I seek to assess how the nature of engagement with external actors affects the past, present, and future of the continent. I will compare the actors, narratives and the outcomes of these eras. I will also look at how the structure of the international system and the characteristics of the domestic environment influence the nature of enga...
Nationalism and the ‘inter-national’: a critical survey of internalist thinking within theories of nationalism
Özeniş, Çağdaş; Yalvaç, Faruk; Department of International Relations (2015)
This thesis aims to critically survey the role of the “international” in theories of nationalism. It will be argued that even though a great majority of theories of nationalism have emphasized the causality between international factors and social dynamics, these two domains still remain as analytically distinct categories within their theoretical frameworks. This in turn serves the reproduction of the internalist thinking which prevails within social sciences, through the dichotomization of internal (socio...
Information society : national science and technology policies in Turkey and South Korea
Emiroğlu, Sinem; Erdil, Erkan; Başaran Özdemir, Funda; Department of Science and Technology Policy Studies (2012)
This thesis emphasizes the role of being an information society in countries’ development perspective; furthermore aims to study the economic, social and structural dimensions of information society related policies with the case studies of Turkey and South Korea. Although in 1950s Turkey and South Korea had similar characteristics in terms of basic economic and social indicators, Turkey has lagged behind in South Korea in terms of development perspective and information society parameters. In addition, inf...
Kesikkulak, Umut; Parkan, Barış; İbrahimhakkıoğlu, Fulden; Department of Philosophy (2022-2-11)
This thesis investigates the interconnections between forms of oppression and the role of oppression of nonhuman nature in these interconnections by implementing a conceptual and logical analysis of the oppressive subjectivity, which functions to create, maintain, and justify oppression. A close reading of the studies of ecofeminist philosophers Karen Warren and Val Plumwood will reveal that dualist thinking is the necessary condition for justifying the oppressor's superiority, which is essential to justify...
Dismemberment of Yugoslavia: Lessons for the Ethnic Conflict Literature
Çınar, Süleyman Kürşat (Namik Kemal University, 2019-12-01)
Ethnic conflict literature offers us great insights regarding the motivations of human behavior, especially in diverse societies. This article explores one of the greatest ethnic conflicts of our times, the Yugoslavian case. The article first investigates the ethnicity literature and then delves into the micro- and macro-level reasons behind the instigation of ethnic conflict. Specifically, it analyzes cultural, political, structural, psychological, and economic reasons behind the outbreak of ethnic conflic...
Citation Formats
A. F. Aydın, “UBUNTU: A NEW APPROACH TO INTERNATIONAL POST-CONFLICT PEACEBUILDING,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.