Professor Linda Tropp, director of the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program, recently returned from Cyprus where she worked with an initiative aimed at supporting reconciliation between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities on the divided island.
Cyprus 2015, which is supported by the UN Development Programme - Action for Cooperation and Trust and funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, is promoting a sustainable settlement of Cyprus through objective research and respectful dialogue between all relevant societal and political stakeholders, in a way that complements the peace efforts on the island.
This initiative seeks to develop a "Social Cohesion and Reconciliation" (SoCoRe) Index, a statistical tool to monitor the state of reconciliation processes in Cyprus and potential outbreaks of socio-political tensions between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities.
Tropp also presented at an international conference on peace and reconciliation on Sept. 25 in Nicosia, Cyprus. The meeting was sponsored by UNDP and USAID, with other speakers and workshop participants from South Africa, Northern Ireland, Rwanda, Serbia and other countries.