Understanding the power of insurgent leadership a case study of Abdullah Ocalan and the PKK
Kiel, Stephanie Lynne.
Thesis (M.A.)--Georgetown University, 2011.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. The dynamics between Turkey and its Kurdish minority have been troubled ever since the founding of the Turkish republic in 1923. After decades of repression under state policies that tried to forcefully assimilate the Kurds, a lengthy war broke out between the central government and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in 1984 that continues to this day. This armed conflict has cost Turkey dearly in terms of lives lost, money spent, and a national consciousness scarred by a legacy of injustice and brutality on both sides. Though the last ten years have seen a welcomed decrease in violence compared to the 1980s and 1990s due to a shift in the PKK's approach and new policies introduced by the ruling AK Party, there is still much to be done to resolve the conflict for good.
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