Assessment Report : Political Actors In the Context Of The Kurdish Problem And New Opportunities For A Politics Of Peace

The following analysis is by Ali Bayramoğlu, a journalist, writer and political commentator from Turkey.

Mr Bayramoğlu sets out the new political landscape in Turkey in relation to both the contemporary condition of the ruling AK Party and also structural changes in the opposition bloc. These dynamics are primarily explored in light of different actors’ approaches to the Kurdish issue, in contrast to tradition¬al ideological and political positions. Mr Bayramoğlu suggests that whilst the conservative ruling bloc is growing increasingly entrenched in an authoritar¬ian position, opposition actors—both old and new, and representing a political spectrum—are gaining public support as they offer alternatives to return the Kurdish question to political debate.

DPI wishes to thank the author for this engaging report, which examines the ever-changing dynamic in Turkey and the subsequent effect on a possible reso¬lution to the Kurdish question. The views and opinions expressed in the report remain those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of DPI.