Turkey's Kurdish Question by Henri J. BarkeyTurkey's Kurdish Question by Henri J. Barkey

Turkey's Kurdish Question

byHenri J. Barkey, Graham E. FullerForeword byMorton Abramowitz

Paperback | April 9, 1998

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The Kurds, one of the oldest ethnic groups in the Middle East, are reasserting their identity-politically and through violence. Divided mainly among Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria, the Kurds have posed increasingly sharp challenges to all of these states in their quest for greater autonomy if not outright independence. Turkey's essentially democratic structure and civil society_ideal tools for coping with and incorporating minority challenge_have so far been suspended on this issue, which the government is treating almost exclusively as a security problem to be dealt with by force. For the West the situation in Turkey is particularly significant because of the country's importance in the region and because of the economic, political, and diplomatic damage that the conflict has caused. If Turkey fails to find a peaceful solution within its current borders, then the outlook is grim for ethnic and separatist challenges elsewhere in the region. This study explores the roots, dimensions, character, and evolution of the problem, offers a range of approaches to a resolution of the conflict, and draws broader parallels between the Kurdish question and other separatist movements worldwide.
Henri J. Barkey is associate professor in the Department of International Relations at Lehigh University. Graham E. Fuller is senior analyst at the RAND Corporation.
Title:Turkey's Kurdish QuestionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.02 × 5.92 × 0.61 inPublished:April 9, 1998Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Why Turkey Matters Chapter 2 Origins of the Problem: The Roots of Kurdish Nationalism Chapter 3 Enter the PKK Chapter 4 The Building of Kurdish National Consciousness Chapter 5 The Kurdish Issue in Turkish Public Opinion Chapter 6 Turkish Government Policies in the Southeast Chapter 7 The Kurds and Turkish Foreign Policy Chapter 8 Toward a Solution of the Kurdish Problem Chapter 9 Conclusion

Editorial Reviews

Scholars, journalists, and policy-makers, as well as those interested in the field of conflict resolution or prevention, will find this well-written, cogently argued, and perceptive book very useful.