Last Monday, October 22nd, Batuhan Bozdogan gave an interesting and timely talk on the Turk and Kurdish relations and the potential for peace between the two ethnic groups. The talk gave an informative historical context on the issue and explored the nuances of one of the most pressing questions facing the Turkish nation today.
The Turkish-Kurdish conflict is an armed struggle between the Republic of Turkey and various Kurdish insurgent groups which have demanded separation from Turkey to create an independent Kurdistan, autonomy, and greater political rights and broader representation. The primary insurgent group is the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. The conflict has had notable effects on the economy and tourism in the country. The group was founded in 1978 by Abdullah Ocalan. The dynamics of the conflict were explored in detail during the talk, and sparked interesting and contentious discussion among those in attendance.