Turkey Must Come to Terms With All its Terrorists

January 07, 2017

The coming year may well prove to be the bloodiest yet in Turkey. The figures for terrorist attacks and those killed in Turkey as a result in 2016 are staggering as the death toll reaches 300 with seemingly no respite from the relentless killings in sight. In the early hours of 2017, the...

Turkish Government Makes a Strategic Mistake

September 15, 2015

The Justice and Development Party’s nationalist gamble is a mistake in terms of immediate electoral aims and wider strategic goals for Turkey. It has been well-documented that the current Turkish government offensive against the Islamic State (IS) is largely being conducted as a cover for a...

Kurdish Women and the Peace Process in Turkey (Part 1/2)

May 31, 2014

Kurdish women are getting involved in the peace process to promote a free, equal and democratic society. For more than eight decades, the Kurdish people have been pushing for cultural recognition and territorial independence. The Kurds are another contemporary example of a people without a land....

My Name is Kurdistan

March 27, 2014

A unique perspective on the Kurds, experienced through a trip to Kurdistan. The prospect of Kurdistan as a homeland for the Kurds began with the colonial division of western Asia, which followed World War I. With the breakup of the Middle East that created new borders in the Levant, the Treaty of...

Turkey’s Corruption Crisis: A Political Probe

January 29, 2014

Turkey’s recent corruption probe is politically motivated. Corruption cases have a devastating impact on political parties. Turkey was recently hit by a corruption probe that shook the country's government. On December 17, 2013, Turkish police detained over 50 people as part of...

The Kurdish Cause: Pragmatism and New Opportunities

January 12, 2014

Inner-Kurdish relations are complex and have the potential to damage the overall Kurdish cause.  The civil war in Syria has opened new windows of opportunity for the Kurdish cause. After decades of nationalist struggle in Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran, the Syrian conflict may redistribute the...

In Kurdish Syria, a Different War

September 09, 2013

Kurds are fighting jihadists for the future of Syrian Kurdistan. On August 15, a car bomb ripped through a Beirut suburb, killing 21 people. The explosion was but the latest in a wave of attacks across Lebanon throughout 2012 and 2013, that were linked to events inside Syria. The ease with...

Turkey: It’s Not Only About a Tree, Stupid (Part 2/2)

June 19, 2013

Erdogan’s government has antagonized major portions of Turkish society over the last decade. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Negotiations with the PKK The Turkish government’s handshake with a terrorist organisation, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK),...