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The Belt and Road Initiative and Middle Eastern Politics Challenges
The Belt and Road Initiative and Middle Eastern Politics: Challenges Ahead

Involving sixty countries, the Belt and Road Initiative sparked a global debate because of its potential economic and...

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Secular Foreign Fighters of the West in Syria
The Secular Foreign Fighters of the West in Syria

The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) operates under the names of the Democratic Union Party and the People’s Protection Units...

Friday, July 20, 2018

Rise and Fall of the AK Party s Kurdish Peace
Rise and Fall of the AK Party’s Kurdish Peace Initiatives

This study analyzes the peace and reconciliation initiatives of the AK Party governments (2002 until 2017) to address the...

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Turkish-German Challenges in the Light of German Federal Elections
Turkish-German Challenges in the Light of German Federal Elections

There are few, if any, examples of two countries, without common state borders, that possess such an intense relationship...

Monday, January 1, 2018

Non-State Challenges in a Re-Ordered World The Jackals of Westphalia
Non-State Challenges in a Re-Ordered World: The Jackals of Westphalia

The world felt the shock of various types of non-state actors (NSAs) such as the ETA, IRA and PKK, with their ethnic,...

Monday, January 1, 2018

Identity Narrative and Frames Assessing Turkey s Kurdish Initiatives
Identity, Narrative and Frames: Assessing Turkey’s Kurdish Initiatives

In 2009 the Turkish government launched a novel initiative to tackle the Kurdish question. The initiative soon ran into...

Monday, April 1, 2013

Turkey s Kurdish Question and the Peace Process
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 truly important...

Monday, April 1, 2013

The Turkish-Kurdish Peace Process Stalled in Neutral
The Turkish-Kurdish Peace Process Stalled in Neutral

The Turkish-Kurdish peace process began in early 2013 and stalled soon after. During that period, the Kurds expected the...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Identity Dynamics of the June and November 2015 Elections of
Identity Dynamics of the June and November 2015 Elections of Turkey: Kurds, Alevis and Conservative Nationalists

Identity politics was one of the major dynamics in shaping the results of both the June 7 and November 1, 2015 general...

Thursday, October 1, 2015

HDP Torn Between Violence and Politics
HDP Torn Between Violence and Politics

Although the Kurdish political movement has been participating in elections since 1991, never until June 2015 were they...

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Germany s Kurdish and PKK Policy Balance and Strategy
Germany’s Kurdish and PKK Policy: Balance and Strategy

Motivated by the allegations of Germany’s indirect support for the PKK, voiced frequently in recent years among the...

Friday, January 1, 2016

The Kurdish Question The Reasons and Fortunes of the Opening
The Kurdish Question: The Reasons and Fortunes of the ‘Opening’

This commentary reflects on the Turkish government’s recent ‘opening’ to address the Kurdish problem and the domestic,...

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Turkey s Radical Right and the Kurdish Issue The MHP
Turkey’s Radical Right and the Kurdish Issue: The MHP’s Reaction to the “Democratic Opening”

Turkey’s current government’s ‘democratic opening’ project has led to a series of political discussions regarding the...

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Kurdish Political Movement and the Democratic Opening
Kurdish Political Movement and the “Democratic Opening”

There has long existed a Kurdish political movement with its illegal, legal, and semi-legal aspects of it. All of Turkey...

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Turkey s Kurdish Conflict Pathways to Progress
Turkey’s Kurdish Conflict: Pathways to Progress

This paper discusses the Kurdish conflict in Turkey, within the context of conflict resolution and peacebuilding. What...

Monday, October 1, 2012

Turkey s Kurdish Peace Process from a Conflict Resolution Perspective
Turkey’s Kurdish Peace Process from a Conflict Resolution Perspective

Edited by Bill Kissane, After Civil War: Division, Reconstruction and Reconciliation in Contemporary Europe is an...

Friday, July 1, 2016

A Necessary Void in International Relations Non-State Actors in the
A Necessary Void in International Relations: Non-State Actors in the Middle East

There has been a dramatic expansion in the size, scope and capacity of non-state actors around the globe in the last three...

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Altercating Interests and Orientations between Israel and Turkey A View
Altercating Interests and Orientations between Israel and Turkey: A View from Israel

This essay analyzes the relationship between Turkey and Israel against the background of the AKP ascent to power in Turkey...

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Militant Kurds A Dual Strategy for Freedom
The Militant Kurds: A Dual Strategy for Freedom

This is not just another book criticizing Turkey for its well-known Kurdish problem. Rather it is an ably crafted analysis...

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Activists in Office Kurdish Politics and Protest in Turkey
Activists in Office: Kurdish Politics and Protest in Turkey

Most of the recently published books on the Kurdish problem in Turkey focus on the armed struggle and the Kurdistan...

Sunday, April 1, 2012


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