2017 marks the 6th year of the AHDA fellowship program. To date we have had over 59 fellows in the program representing over 30 countries. Below find information regarding the professional interests and accomplishments of select fellows and alumni.
While at Columbia, fellows design individual projects that address some aspect of a history of gross human rights violations in their society, country, and/or region. Click here to read more about the fellows' projects.
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As a producer for the Civiltas Foundation’s internet TV channel, CivilNet.am, Harout Ekmanian’s work supports the programs goals of promoting advocacy journalism and fostering inclusive regional dialogue among experts and stakeholders in the South Caucasus and the Middle East. He aims to give viewers a broad perspective on old and new struggles for identity and dominance in the region, and to explore issues related to conflict resolution, transitional justice, rule of law, development and diaspora politics. To this end, Mr. Ekmanian writes opinion columns on human rights, refugees, and diaspora and identity issues.
Mr. Ekmanian has a degree from the Faculty of Law at the University of Aleppo. He has been a contributing writer for numerous Arab, Armenian and Western news outlets. Mr. Ekmanian’s investigative and analytic articles have appeared in number publications, including the Near East Quarterly, Voice of America, Bianet.org, CNNturk, Forward Magazine, Baladna, and Armenian Weekly. Other articles have been published in newspapers in South Africa, Brazil, Greece, Germany, and Iran and across the Middle East. He has reported from more than a dozen countries, covering the Middle East, Europe and the South Caucasus. He was recently awarded with the O'Donnel Scholarship for Global Studies Visiting Professorship at the Whitman College in Washington State, USA. As an AHDA Fellow, Mr. Ekmanian will investigate the role of mass media and its impact on attempts at dialogue and reconciliation between Armenia and Turkey. This project aims to deconstruct the links between present problems and historical wrongdoings, as well as to raise the issue of historical accountability by enriching the media debate about it. It would also provide important analysis on how (ir)reversible are the changes that are taking place within the Turkish society and politics as well. In this process, it will be beneficial to research how the image of one country/people is mirrored in the second country's media -- including (but not limited to) newspapers, TV, essays, and caricatures.
Dogu Eroglu is a human rights and ecology activist, a writer, and an investigative reporter for the Daily Birgun, an independent Turkish newspaper. When he first began working at the Daily Birgun, he focused largely on environment and energy issues: from urban rights to environmentalist perspectives, Mr. Eroglu worked closely with local groups who resisted the mega energy and construction projects that the central government planned. He also covered –and continues to cover—issues such as systematic human rights violations in Turkey, ranging from (among many topics) the discrimination of minorities to the state’s actions regarding ill treatment and torture to the oppression of civic rights. As the violence of the Syrian Civil War began to spread in the Middle East, Mr. Eroglu’s focus shifted to the field of conflict journalism, and his current work focuses on recruitment dynamics of radical Islamists, the logistics of armed conflict, migration policies, and other components to the unrest that has defined the Middle East in recent years.
Mr. Eroglu has an MA in Economics, and began his career as a reporter at Turkey’s iconic Cumhuriyet Daily, where he worked from 2011 to 2012. In 2012, he initiated an independent journalism project entitled Violence Stories from Turkey. This project focused on human rights violations in Turkey, and sought to press state actors for greater transparency through exposing personal stories of victims of state-led human rights violations. In addition to being a regular contributor to numerous Turkish newspapers and periodicals, Mr. Eroglu’s work has been published by Newsweek and Vice.com. His first book, which explores the history of local struggle against a proposed coal-based thermal power plant in Gerze, Turkey, is expected to be published in the fall of 2015. As an AHDA fellow, Mr. Eroglu will develop a project that examines the historical movement of jihadists from country to country. The project not only expects to reveal the historical connections between current and past jihadist recruitment practices and patterns of joining, but will be helpful to societies who suffer from jihadist recruitments by enabling them to predict future patterns of joining. The project will also enable societies to design measures for the rehabilitation and reconciliation of potential and actual recruits upon their return to their home communities.