The Failure of the Peace Process between Turkey and the PKK.

10 months agoPolicy Reports

By Hawre Hasan Hama


From the establishment of the Turkish State in 1923 by its founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk until 1974 the Turkish government had opposed the rights and demands of its Kurdish population. After almost four decades of conflict in 2013, a cease in hostilities was announced between the Turkish state and Kurdish militants of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). However, the ceasefire between the two sides did not last. After the success of the Peoples Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey's 2015 elections, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unilaterally announced the end of Turkey's cease-fire with the PKK resuming the conflict between the two sides. The current iteration of the war between the Turkey and the PKK has been referred to as Erdogan's war on the Kurds (1). This research discusses the causes and consequences of the failure of the peace process between Turkey and the Kurdish PKK. The paper concludes with a discussion on the future of relations between the two sides.

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