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Walsh, David

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Kurdish Separatism in Turkey: The PKK's Changing Strategy


The current peace process between the Turkish government and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has come about following a lengthy process of political change not only within the Turkish state but within the PKK itself. The group has moved from a strategy based on military strength, attacks on military and civilian targets both within Turkey and abroad, foreign support and various other illegal activities to a more political approach. Through analysis of speeches of PKK leaders and figures, Turkish politicians, media reports, statistics and recent events, this paper shows the actions taken by the PKK and its leader with this goal of becoming a political partner. Additionally, the paper analyzes the results of the change of strategy, from the 'Oslo process' to the stalled Kurdish or Democratic Initiative of the Erdoğan government, today's negotiations and the difficulties which lie ahead.

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