Conflict, Democratization and the Kurdish Issue in Turkey
Friday, 31 October, 2014
With a population of some 30-40 million in Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria, the Kurds are the world's largest stateless nation. Since the 1923 founding of the Turkish Republic from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire, dozens of Kurdish revolts erupted in Turkey. The latest and longest lasting began in 1984 and cost some 40,000 lives. Since March 2013, however, a ceasefire between the Turkish government and the Kurdistan Workers' Party has largely held up, and the possibility of a peace deal that also resolves long-standing grievances of Kurds in Turkey looms tantalizingly close. This session will explore the history of the "Kurdish issue" in Turkey and neighboring countries.
Dr. David Romano holds the Thomas G. Strong Chair in Middle East Politics at Missouri State University. His work has appeared in journals such as International Affairs, The Oxford Journal of Refugee Studies, Third World Quarterly, International Studies Perspectives, the Middle East Journal and Ethnopolitics. He is also the author of The Kurdish Nationalist Movement(Cambridge University Press, 2006 − also translated into Turkish and Persian). He is the editor, along with Mehmet Gurses, of a forthcoming book, Conflict, Democratization and the Kurdish Issue in the Middle East (Palgrave Mamillan). Dr. Romano additionally writes a weekly political column for Rudaw, an Iraqi Kurdish newspaper