Πέμπτη, 4 Απριλίου 2013

Erdogan’s 'Brave New Turkey' Looks to Past and Future


Turkey's Prime Minister and leader of Justice and Development Party Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during a party meeting in Ankara, March 22, 2013. (photo by REUTERS)
On March 21, as Turkey’s Kurds were celebrating the arrival of spring, a cease-fire came into effect between the Turkish state and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the Kurdish militant group. In the course of the debilitating 30-year conflict, this is not the first time that the two sides have agreed to take a break from killing, but it may well be the last. If ongoing negotiations between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government and representatives of the Kurdish movement proceed as planned, they could produce a permanent settlement that would alter Turkey's core socio-political dynamics as well as those of the wider region. In a sense, such a change is already in the making. Here is a snapshot of how this "brave new Turkey" might look:


Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/04/brave-new-turkey-erdogan-kemal-ataturk.html#ixzz2PVhCeRBZ

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