Following the Hollings Center dialogue Profits to Peace, a small grant was awarded to consider the formation of a business coalition in the Greater Mediterranean that would promote positive peace goals in a region beset by multiple conflicts. This is the report of a roundtable meeting on creating that coalition, which took place on November 29th, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. The meeting was hosted by TÜSIAD, the Turkish Industry and Business Association. A total of 20 participants from businesses, civil society, international organizations and academics took part in the meeting.
The conclusion of the meeting was that there is a need and interest to further develop a business coalition or a ‘business club for peace’ in the Greater Mediterranean region (including Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa), given the large challenges for establishing a positive peace based on peaceful resolution of conflicts in the region, and the growing awareness by businesses that they have a role to play in overcoming these challenges. The grantees detail more conclusions and challenges in the full report.
The views and opinions expressed in the report and are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Hollings Center for International Dialogue.