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Turkish Culture and its Influence on the Counter-Insurgency Campaign Against the Kurdistan Worker’s Part (PKK)

Turkish Culture and its Influence on the Counter-Insurgency Campaign Against the Kurdistan Worker’s Part (PKK) published on

Authored by School of Advances Military Studies

Turkish Culture had a profound influence on the conduct of its counter-insurgency campaign against the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK). The variables shaping Turkey’s response to the insurgency were a unique brand of nationalism, Islamic traditions, aspirations towards Westernization, and political legacies from the Ottoman Empire. Based on these variables, the culturally accepted response to Kurdish nationalism and separatism was a militarily dominated strategy of suppression. The Kurds, for their part, leveraged the inconsistencies found in the inherent Turkish cultural tensions and military response to propagate their struggle. Multi-disciplined programs, fostering true democracy, an integrated strategy, and use of existing Kurdish social and political structures must be incorporated in a new approach by the Turkish government. American policymakers can derive three lessons: pragmatism must override dogma, conflict resolution requires understanding and leveraging of cultural dynamics and complex problems require multi-disciplined approaches.

Publication Date:
Jun 03 2014
ISBN/EAN13:
1499762461 / 9781499762464
Page Count:
72
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5″ x 11″
Language:
English
Color:
Black and White
Related Categories:
Political Science / Political Ideologies / General

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