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Tas, Latif (2016) 'Peace Making or State Breaking? The Turkish-Kurdish Peace Processes and the Role of Diasporas.' Review of Social Studies, 3 (1). pp. 25-65.

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When Erdogan and his party, the AKP, were elected for the first time in 2002, they made several important pledges. None of these have been fulfilled. On the contrary, in recent years the conflict between Turks and Kurds has increased and societal divisions are at boiling point. Unless relations between Turks and Kurds improve, this article contends that it is not possible to resolve the other pressing issues. Under an Erdogan-led regime Turkey has become a rogue state which is now heading towards civil war. This article begins by arguing that there has never been a real Turkish-Kurdish peace process. The outcomes of the research reported here show that the aim of past negotiations – for both the Erdogan-led AKP government and the PKK – is actually to monopolise power and violence, rather than to move towards sustainable peace. The second argument is that diaspora, especially for stateless people, is not just a ‘home away from home’. The underlying concern tackled here is how successful negotiations for peace and post-conflict societies can be reached with the help of different stakeholders, including diasporas. The article includes a case history of Kurdish alternative legal practice, which shows that diaspora communities are not only idealistic protesters, but can also act as positive agents and create practical solutions for stateless communities. Finally, the article suggests 15 practical steps towards a sustainable peace.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Ethnic conflict, peace, diaspora, Turkey, Kurds, Erdogan, PKK, Middle East
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Interdisciplinary Studies > Centre for Gender Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Law
ISSN: 2052448X
Copyright Statement: © 2016 Review of Social Studies. All rights reserved. This is the published version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2017 15:01

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