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Turkey’s Kurdish Path 5 mars 2015

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Policy Notes (The Washington Institute for Near East Policy) No.23, March 2015

Soner Cagaptay *

Arab Spring success stories have generally not been easy to come by. One, however, may be playing out in a regional non-Arab state, Turkey, where ties between the Turks and their adversary, the Kurds, have been improving. Signs of the thaw were apparent late on February 21, when Turkish troops transited through Kurdish-controlled Kobani, in Syria, to reach Turkey’s Suleyman Shah exclave, deep inside Syrian territory, to evacuate relics and Turkish troops serving as guards. Media reports suggest coordination between Turkey, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and its Syrian affiliate, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), in the Suleyman Shah operation.

* Soner Cagaptay, the Beyer Family Fellow and director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute, is the author, most recently, of The Rise of Turkey: The Twenty-First Century’s First Muslim Power (Potomac Books), named by the Foreign Policy Association as one of the ten most important books of 2014.  

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