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The AKP and the “Alevi Opening”: Understanding the Dynamics of the Rapprochement

The AKP government has undertaken a series of steps to understand and respond to Alevi identity-based claims. Popularly known as the “Alevi opening” process, the initiative is the first systematic effort to deal with the identity-based discontents of the Alevis. This step is also part of the broader policy of “democratic opening,” which intends to address the burning problems of various identity groups (the Kurds, Alevis, religious minorities and the Roma people) in Turkey. This study provides an analytic background for understanding the governing AKP’s “Alevi opening”, which was launched in the summer of 2007. More specifically, the issues that are discussed are the Alevi claims, the obstacles to the fulfillment of these issues, and the methods and the processes of the ongoing “Alevi opening”. In order to provide a holistic analysis, the political, legal, psychological as well as cultural dynamics of the Alevi issue are emphasized here. At the end, a set of policy recommendations are formulated that are consistent with the analytic perspective.

The AKP and the Alevi Opening Understanding the Dynamics of
For the first time in the history of the Turkish Republic and the Ottoman state, state authorities have acknowledged the victimhood and traumatic experiences of Alevis.
 

Since coming to power in 2002, the governing Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, AKP) has introduced a number of reforms to democratize the political system in Turkey. After winning elections for the second time in 2007 the AKP government has undertaken a series of steps to understand and respond to Alevi identity-based claims. Popularly known as the “Alevi opening” (Alevi açılımı) process, the initiative is the first systematic effort to deal with identity-based discontents of the Alevis. This step is also part of the broader policy of “democratic opening,” which intends to address the burning problems of various identity groups (the Kurds, Alevis, religious minorities and the Roma people) in Turkey. The stated objective of the “democratic opening” is to reconcile the Turkish state with the marginalized segments of Turkish society. 

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