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In the context of post-conflict, linguistically divided societies, the promotion of a third language in national educational policy can be a catalyst for the creation of a syncretic national identity and an invaluable cornerstone of peacebuilding education. The promotion of humanistic values through foreign language instruction can provide younger generations in divided societies the social and practical education necessary to establish and maintain positive intercommunal dialogues. Such multipurpose lessons have been used to facilitate peacebuilding in cases ranging from Rwanda to the Balkans, but could they work in Cyprus? And if so, how? This research aims to answer that question through a ethnographic study of high school English instructors in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

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The Role of Language Education in Peacebuilding: The Case of Cyprus