Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Why Turkey and the PKK Have Failed to Make Peace

Why Turkey and the PKK Have Failed to Make Peace

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Blood and Belief: The PKK and the Kurdish Fight for Independence
By Aliza Marcus
NYU Press, August 2007

Since the summer of 2015, the world watched as an ongoing conflict between the Turkish government the PKK slowly destroyed hopes that Turkey’s decades-long “Kurdish conflict” might finally be coming to an end. The outlines of a peace deal between Turkey and the PKK long have been obvious—the PKK will disarm in exchange for government recognition of Kurdish cultural rights and greater self-government for Kurdish majority regions. Why, then, after decades of conflict, has peace remained out of reach? Aliza Marcus’s Blood and Belief: The PKK and the Kurdish Fight for Independence, published several years ago, remains relevant today for its ability to answer this question.

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