The Kurdish Question in Turkey in 2009-2011: A Conflict (Not) Ripe for a Resolution?
The case study deals with the attempted resolution of the conflict between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Turkish state during the rule of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in 2009–2011. William Zartman’s theory of ripeness is applied to the case. The study analyses the state of the conflict and subsequently determines if the state of the conflict increases the chances of a negotiated peaceful resolution to the conflict (i.e. whether the conflict is in a state of ripeness). The analysis indicates that the conflict did not fulfil the criteria of ripeness in the examined period. An alternative explanation of particular positive steps and the rhetoric in the conflict is provided primarily by connecting them with an attempt to politically marginalize the PKK.
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