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Djene Bajalan and Michael Brooks


The Use and Abuse of the Kurdish Question

[Members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) protest against President Erdoğan's policies in front of the Swiss Federal palace in July 2016. Image by Rama, via Wikimedia Commons.]

In August 2005, Turkey’s then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made what was, by Turkish standards, a remarkable public statement. Speaking at a rally held in the spiritual capital of Turkey’s predominately Kurdish southeast, a location which only added to the symbolism of the occasion, Erdoğan stated that with regards to Turkey’s Kurdish population, “mistakes had been made,” further noting that: “The Kurdish problem does not belong to a certain part of this [Turkey’s] ...

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Djene Bajalan is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Missouri State University. His research focuses on Middle Eastern affairs and he has previously taught and studied in the United Kingdom, Turkey, and Iraqi Kurdistan.

Michael Brooks is the host of the Michael Brooks Show and co-host of the Majority Report, and is a policy analyst based in New York City.