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Insight Turkey > Issues | Kurdish Peace - Spring 2013 / Volume 15, Number 2

Kurdish Peace



Editor's Notes


Editor's Note | Spring 2013
On march 21, almost one million Kurds gathered in Diyarbakir to celebrate the Kurdish New Year, Newroz and listened to the message of Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned leader of the outlawed PKK. In the midst of the cheers and applauses, Ocalan declared that the era of armed struggle for the Kurds ended and the PKK would lay down its arms.


Commentaries


Turkey’s Kurdish Question and the Peace Process
Turkey currently is witnessing a series of events that are most likely to go down in history as...

New Peace Talks in Turkey: Opportunities and Challenges in Conflict Resolution
The restart of peace talks between the Government and the PKK has brought renewed optimism about...

Turgut Özal Twenty Years After: The Man and the Politician
Whether Turgut Özal was a good politician remains up for debate. However, there is no question...

Remembering Turgut Özal: Some Personal Recollections
An American ambassador recounts some of his dealings with Turgut Ozal, particularly on the first...

Turkey and the European Union: 2014 and Beyond
It seems likely that in 2013 Turkey and the EU will restart technical negotiations on one or more...

The “Responsibility to Protect” Doctrine: Revived in Libya, Buried in Syria
Proponents of the “responsibility to protect” doctrine, commonly referred to as R2P, claim that...


Articles


Prospects for Resolution of the Kurdish Question: A Realist Perspective
The developments in early 2013 generated expectations that the almost three decades old armed...

Identity, Narrative and Frames: Assessing Turkey’s Kurdish Initiatives
In 2009 the Turkish government launched a novel initiative to tackle the Kurdish question. The...

Sharing Power: Turkey’s Democratization Challenge in the Age of the AKP Hegemony
After a major wave of democratization over the last decade, the stalemate in Turkey’s reform...

The AK Party and the Evolution of Turkish Political Islam’s Foreign Policy
Turkish foreign policy under the AK Party government has long drawn scrutiny from a wide range of...

Islam, Conservatism, and Democracy in Turkey: Comparing Turgut Özal and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
In the absence of a politically influential aristocracy and the entrepreneurial middle class, the...

Egypt’s Democratic Experiment: Challenges to a Positive Trajectory
As Egypt charts a path to democracy, it confronts the legacy of 60 years of dictatorship....

The Limits of Norm Promotion: The EU in Egypt and Israel/Palestine
Policy implications aside, assessing the EU’s involvement in the Mediterranean region...


Review Article


That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back
The subject of American decline and the new global order has been on the agenda of political scientists and international observers for more than two decades. Even before the end of the Cold War, in 1989 Paul Kennedy in his seminal book on The Rise and Fall of Great Powers pointed to “imperial overstretch” and the national debt caused by increasing military expenditures as the major causes of the US’s decline in the coming decade.1 The US victory in the Cold War and the fall of communism in the world somewhat postponed these concerns and Kennedy’s predictions were overshadowed by the moment of unipolarity in world politics, in which the United States enjoyed unchallengeable military and political dominance. However, starting from the late 1990s, concerns grew about the future of the United States’ dominance in world politics as the Chinese economy’s growth accelerated.


Book Reviews


A Mirror for Our Times: “The Rushdie Affair” and the Future of Multiculturalism
“The Rushdie Affair” that began in 1989 with the publication of Salman Rushdie’s novel The...

After Yugoslavia: Identities and Politics Within the Successor States
Yugoslavia was established after World War I as the Serbian-Croatian-Slovenian Kingdom. Although...

Nationalism, Ethnicity, Citizenship: Multidisciplinary Perspectives
This book originated from the second annual conference held by the Centre for Research, Ethnicity...

Terror and Tolerance: A Review of Leaving Without Losing: The War on Terror After Iraq and Afghanistan
Americans are in the middle of an election season, and even though American democracy is...

Knowledge in Later Islamic Philosophy: Mulla Sadra on Existence, Intellect, and Intuition
Kalin’s book is a result of a growing interest in the later developments in Islamic philosophy...

Türkiye’de Militarist Devlet Söylemi (Militarist State Discourse in Turkey)
Ali Balcı’s Militarist State Discourse in Turkey is an adaption of the second chapter of his PhD...

Spatial Conceptions of the Nation: Modernizing Geographies in Greece and Turkey
This volume edited by P. Nikiforos Diamandouros, Thalia Dragonas, and Çağlar Keyder is the third...


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