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The Kurdish Initiative v2.0: Can Turkey Resolve it this Time?

April 23, 2013 from 12:00pm-1:30pm
Georgetown University, CCAS Boardroom (ICC 241), Washington, DC
Speaker: Hamid Akin Unver, İstanbul Kadir Has University

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Emerging from the ashes of a similar attempt in 2009, Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has launched a more ambitious process in late-2012 towards the peaceful resolution of its most fundamental problem: the Kurdish question. The 'new deal' touches upon almost all of the taboo issues of the question, including the disarmament and disbanding of the PKK, formulating a new definition of citizenship in the new Constitution and easing the imprisonment terms of the organization's dreaded leader, Abdullah Öcalan. But what is different this time?

What led to this new process and can it work? What are the potential opportunities and pitfalls?

Will the new process spill-over to Syria and Iraq, and how will it change the dynamics of the region's power dynamics?

A Light Lunch will be served.