The Kurds and the Future of Turkey

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Palgrave Macmillan, May 15, 1997 - History - 184 pages
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Since 1984, Turkey has suffered from an increasingly virulent guerrilla/terrorist insurgency led by the Partiya Karkaren Kurdistan (PKK), or Kurdistan Workers Party, headed by Abdullah Ocalan. By 1996, more than 20,000 people had been killed and another 2,000,000 displaced and 2,000 villages destroyed. At present, this crisis threatens to challenge the future of the country. Gunter analyzes the authoritarian tradition in Turkey and puzzles over the inability of Turkey to take the final steps toward democracy. He offers a solution that will allow the country to remain whole. Gunter's masterly analysis and proffered solution is necessary reading for anyone interested in Turkey and its troubling problem.

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MICHAEL M. GUNTER, JR., holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and a graduate certificate in Environmental Systems from the University of Kentucky. He received his bachelor's degree with honors from Vanderbilt University. A former Eagle Scout, Gunter is currently an Assistant Professor at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

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