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Blood, Beliefs and Ballots: The Management of Kurdish Nationalism in Turkey , 2007-2009

Series: Bibliotheca Iranica: Kurdish Studies Series 9
Availability: In stock
Published: 2009
Page #: xvii + 250
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 1-56859-275-2, ISBN 13: 978-1568592756
bibliography, index

 
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This book analyzes and describes the instruments used by the Turkish state to manage Kurdish nationalism during 2007 to 2009 and the response of Kurds and the PKK and DTP to this state management which included the armed forces, conspiratorial organizations such as Ergenekon, a right-wing conglomeration of active and retired military officers, journalists, academics and organized crime types; the judiciary, media, Kurdish informants and the largesse of the state. Part of the state’s management of Kurdish nationalist movements within Turkey also impelled Ankara to better relations with Iran, Syria and Iraq. Improving relations with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq became especially important for Turkey in 2008 and 2009. This essay concludes with the 29 March 2009 elections and an analysis of how successful the instruments of Turkey’s management of Kurdish national movements were during the period under analysis and what this bodes for the future of relations between Kurds and Turks in Turkey, Turkey and Iraq, Turkey and the KRG, and the impact of these relations on the politics of the wider Middle East. The word “blood” in the title serves as a metaphor for the differences that grew between Kurds and Turks throughout the 20th century, especially after WWI. “Beliefs’ refers to the evolution of how differences between the two ethnic groups grew and developed into different nationalist movements and by 1984 into sustained armed conflict. Although the civil war between the Turkish state and the Kurdistan Workers Party, popularly known as the PKK, abated somewhat after the capture of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan in February 1999, low intensity warfare has continued to the present. In the 1990s, with the creation of Kurdish ethnic political parties, the conflict between Kurds and Turks in Turkey also became one of a battle over ballot boxes. The coming to power of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in November 2002 intensified the electoral competition. In the 22 July 2007 elections the struggle between the AKP and the main Kurdish contending political party, the Democratic Society Party (DTP), increased when the AKP was able to win 50 parliamentary seats in the heavily populated southeast and east of Turkey. The gain of the AKP was a stinging defeat for the DTP in spite of the largesse that the ruling AKP possessed to deliver goods to the impoverished people of the southeast. As a result of AKP gains, the competition between the AKP, now backed by the Turkish Armed Forces, the PKK and the DTP grew more intense during the period from the 22 July 2007general election and the local elections scheduled for 29 March 2009.

author

Robert Olson

Robert Olson is Professor of Middle East history and politics at the University of Kentucky (Emeritus). He is the author of ten books of various aspects of Middle East history and politics. His major books are: The Siege of Mosul and Ottoman- Persian Relations: 1718-1743; The Emergence of Kurdish Nationalism and the Sheikh Said Rebellion: 1880-1925; Turkey's Relations with Iran, 1979-2004;The Kurdish Question and Turkish-Iranian Relations:From World I to 2000; Blood, Beliefs and Ballots: The Management of Kurdish Nationalism in Turkey, 2007-2000; The Kurdish Nationalist Movements in Turkey: 1980-2011; The Goat and the Butcher: Nationalism and State Formation in Kurdistan-Iraq since the Iraqi War War. He is the author of 75 referred research articles and 60 edited research articles. He was distinguished Professor of the University of Kentucky in 2000. He is married and lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

Acknowledgements
Note on Spelling and names
English Translations of Turkey’s Political Parties
Maps

Introduction

CHAPTER ONE
The Aftermath of the 22 July 2009 Election: Economic Development versus Language Rights

CHAPTER TWO
The Closure Cases against the AKP and DTP; Ergenekon and “mother tongue” Education

CHAPTHER THREE
Islamists versus Kurdish Nationalist Movements

CHAPTER FOUR
Renewed Intensified Armed Conflict

CHAPTER FIVE
Differences among Kurdish Nationalist Movements and
Heightened Campaign Rhetoric

CHAPTER SIX
The “War of Words” Takes Center Stage

CHAPTER SEVEN
Into 2009: Ergenekon Atrocities and the Election

CHAPTER EIGHT
The Davos Dèmarche and Its Aftermath


CHAPTER NINE
The Campaign Heats UP and Spreads to the
Spreads to the Kurdistan Regional Government

CHAPATER TEN
Into the Home Stretch

Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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