Last month, Turkey’s parliament revoked the seat of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Figen Yuksekdag after her conviction on “terrorist propaganda” charges. Still behind bars, she is hardly alone in being targeted by the government. Since the end of a cease-fire between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Turkish state in July 2015, thousands of Kurdish politicians, academics and civilians have faced similar charges and imprisonment. What has spurred this resurgence of Turkey’s Kurdish conflict?
While it is common to portray Turkey vs. Kurds as a rigid state-society clash, this dichotomy is not only simplistic but also misleading. As I argue in my book, competition among Kurds and the government’s reaction to it has transformed the trajectory of the conflict over the past decade.… Seguir leyendo »