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Turkey’s War on the Islamic State has Turned into a War on the PKK

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I have a new piece in Muftah today on the evolving conflict between Turkey and IS, and Turkey and the PKK.

You can check it out here: Turkey’s War against the Islamic State is also a War Against the PKK

I wanted to add the following addendum on the motive and timing of the end of the Turkey/PKK ceasefire.

I don’t believe that the Suruc bombing was manufactured by President Erdogan or any other facet of the Turkish government or military as an excuse to renew hostilities with the PKK. However, I do believe that Erdogan is seizing the opportunity that has presented itself in order to play some very cynical domestic politics. In addition to the obvious military and national pride motives behind the PKK airstrikes, it is very possible that, as Turkey technically has no government (coalition talks are still technically ongoing), President Erdogan is taking advantage of the moment in an attempt to allow the AKP to win back its majority in a fresh set of elections. Renewed hostilities between the PKK and Turkey could very well serve to alienate the Turkish voters which helped the Kurdish HDP party break the election threshold in June and bring back nationalist voters which had deserted the AKP for the more extreme nationalism of the MHP. If this is the case, and we will know soon enough, then Erdogan will have proved he is willing to sell out Turkish peace, security and prosperity for the hope of holding on to his unchecked power and further isolating Turkey’s Kurdish population.

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July 28, 2015 at 1:11 pm

Announcement: Now Writing and Editing at

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As of a few days ago, I am officially a new co-editor of the Iran, Iraq and Turkey section of  I will have a regular post up on the site every Sunday, but will continue to maintain this blog as well for my more specialized and theoretical reflections.  You can read the pieces I have already contributed to the site here.  I am very excited to be working with the great team over at Muftah and encourage you to spend some time checking out their great collection of articles.

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April 17, 2015 at 2:28 pm

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