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The Human Cost of the PKK Conflict in Turkey: The Case of Sur

Europe Briefing N°80, 17 March 2016

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Around 900 people, including 350 members of the security forces, have been killed in fighting since peace talks broke down last July between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Turkey. As insurgents mix with civilians and rights are violated, some of the worst affected are ordinary people like those in south-eastern Diyarbakır’s district of Sur.

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The Human Cost of the PKK Conflict in Turkey: The Case of Sur, Europe Briefing N°80, 17 Mar 2016

Around 900 people, including 350 members of the security forces, have been killed in fighting since peace talks broke down last July between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Turkey. As insurgents mix with civilians and rights are violated, some of the worst affected are ordinary people like those in south-eastern Diyarbakır’s district of Sur.

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A Sisyphean Task? Resuming Turkey-PKK Peace Talks, Europe Briefing N°77, 17 Dec 2015

New clashes between the Turkish state and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have deepened the country’s social cleavages, killed hundreds, and helped the Islamic State. Neither side can win militarily. To end the conflict, Turkey needs more than just a new ceasefire: a clearly defined peace process and, in parallel, a reform agenda addressing Kurdish rights.

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Turkey and the PKK: Saving the Peace Process, Europe Report N°234, 6 Nov 2014

The peace process between Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is threatened by ceasefire violations and spillover from the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. Both sides must set aside pretexts and inertia and seize the opportunity of having powerful leaders able to implement a deal whose outlines are clearer than ever.

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The Rising Costs of Turkey’s Syrian Quagmire, Europe Report N°230, 30 Apr 2014

Continuous refugee flows from Syria are stretching Turkey’s capacities and necessitate long-term adjustments as well as stronger international engagement to better share the burden. Türkçe

Crying “Wolf”: Why Turkish Fears Need Not Block Kurdish Reform, Europe Report N°227, 7 Oct 2013

Turkey’s government needs to recover lost momentum, press forward with democratic reforms and constitutional revision, and recognise that steps that benefit the country’s Kurds must be decoupled from disarmament talks with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

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Blurring the Borders: Syrian Spillover Risks for Turkey, Europe Report N°225, 30 Apr 2013

As the humanitarian crisis reaches catastrophic proportions, Syria needs to open its borders to external aid, while Turkey and its international partners need more long-term planning to meet growing refugee needs and avoid having instability spill over the porous border. Türkçe

Turkey’s Kurdish Impasse: The View from Diyarbakır, Europe Report N°222, 30 Nov 2012

Though battered economically, socially and politically for decades, the city and province of Diyarbakır could offer hope for Turks and Kurds who want to live together, if Ankara can refocus its policies on creating a more equal, democratic Turkey.

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Turkey: The PKK and a Kurdish Settlement, Europe Report N°219, 11 Sep 2012

Turkey needs to recover the initiative after the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) insurgency’s aggressive escalation of violence and implement a long-term conflict resolution strategy that addresses Kurdish grievances.

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Turkey: Ending the PKK Insurgency, Europe Report N°213, 20 Sep 2011

To head off a serious escalation of the armed conflict, Turkey and the Turkish Kurd nationalist movement must immediately step back from the trap of a new cycle of tit-for-tat military and terrorist attacks that have killed 110 people since June.

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Turkey and Greece: Time to Settle the Aegean Dispute, Europe Briefing N°64, 19 Jul 2011

To capitalise on twelve years of normalisation, and at a time when both could benefit from a foreign policy success, Greece and Turkey should settle their expensive, outdated and stressful stand-off over Aegean Sea maritime zones and related issues.

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Turkey and the Kurds

Turkey and the Kurds: Saving the Peace Process

7 November 2014: In this video, Hugh Pope, Crisis Group's Europe and Central Asia Deputy Program Director, discusses the peace process between Turkey and the PKK, and points out the most important reform tracks outlined in Crisis Group’s latest report, Turkey and the PKK: Saving the Peace Process.


Blurring the Borders: Syrian Spillover Risks for Turkey 

4 May 2013: We held a Google+ Hangout with Hugh Pope, Project Director, Turkey/Cyprus and Didem Akyel Collinsworth, Analyst, Turkey to discuss their report "Blurring the Borders: Syrian Spillover Risks for Turkey".