Will the Turkish political system be able to address the challenges of the Kurdish problem and find a “solution”? How will Turkey deal with the PKK and its incursions? How might the emergence of a Kurdish political entity in northern Iraq impact on the aspirations of Kurds in Turkey? What might be the role of the EU?
These are the questions addressed in four different sections. The first one evaluates the political developments in Turkey in the course of the last two years when a rise in both Kurdish and Turkish nationalism was observed. The second one analyzes the outcome of the recent parliamentary elections, focusing on the Kurdish question. The third section takes a closer look at the Kurdish vote and the approach of the AK Party government to the Kurdish question. Lastly, the paper develops two scenarios in respect to the future course of politics surrounding the Kurdish problem.
The paper concludes by arguing that the current government seems committed to achieve some progress in addressing Kurdish grievances and concerns. However, it will face numerous challenges in doing that.