ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – A new book on the Kurdish issue in Turkey was published in the United States and presented by the Turkish author at the Rethink Institution.
In his book, Rival Kurdish Movements in Turkey: Transforming Ethnic Conflict, Mustafa Gurbuz analyzes the Kurdish case by exploring the conditions that encourage non-violent civic engagement in emerging civil societies.
The author also encourages readers to recognize multiple competitor actors in defining the future of Turkey’s Kurdish issue, which is often framed simply as “Turkish military vs. Kurdish militants.” Gurbuz uses the Kurdish parties in Turkey as an example of how nonviolent tactics can lead to a peaceful political relationship.
The book addresses internal Kurdish dynamics as keys to understanding how the Kurdish problem continues to develop in Turkey. Additionally, the author tries to deepen the understanding of this important issue as the conflict escalates once again.
Gurbuz’ research focuses on political violence and terrorism, Muslims in the West, and Kurdish movements in the Middle East. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Connecticut and is currently a policy fellow at the Center for Global Policy at George Mason University.
Kurdish fighters and the Turkish army had largely observed a tentative ceasefire until tensions rose in the aftermath of an alleged Islamic State (IS) bombing. In late July, in the Kurdish town of Suruc along the Turkish-Syrian border, an explosion killed 33 young activists.
Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) members accused Turkish authorities of collaborating with IS. The PKK retaliated by killing two Turkish police officers in the neighboring border town of Ceylanpinar (Serekani).
The renewed cycle of violence has led to clashes in rural and mountainous regions of Kurdish-majority provinces in Turkey. Furthermore, Turkish authorities have imposed round-the-clock curfews in numerous Kurdish towns.
Reporting by Baxtiyar Goran
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany