The Kurdish peace process represents a major shift in theoretical and practical approaches to peace studies

Table of contents

Ch 1: The Historical Beginning of an Intractable Conflict    
Ch 2: Political Shock and Rebel Transformation: 1993-2005    
Ch 3: A New Government Turns the Tide: 2002-2007
Ch 4: Secret Talks and Rising Hopes: 2006-2009    
Ch 5: When Dreams Turn to Dust: 2010-2011    
Ch 6: Returning to Talks: 2012-2014
Ch 7: War in the Horizon: 2014-2015    
Ch: 8 Prospects and Obstacles to Peace    


After the fall of the Ottoman Empire following World War I, the Kurds in the Middle East became the largest ethnic group in the region without a state of their own. Divided between Turkey, Syria, Iran, and Iraq, the Kurds have fought for their right to exist as a distinct national group, as well as for governing themselves. Turkey and the Kurdish Peace Process provides a historical and conceptual account of events in order to detail the key conditions, factors, and events that gave rise to the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) conflict in Turkey, as well as the conditions influencing the emergence, management, and collapse of the peace talks. Drawing from conflict resolution theories, this book investigates the transformation of key conflict actors and changes, over time, in their approach to the main conflict issues.
Moreover, Arin Y. Savran expands the concept of conflict transformation to encompass the ideological transformation of a movement as a result of a rigorous and deep intellectual epiphany on the part of the political leaders—a phenomenon that is unusual and little is known about, making it all the more relevant to include in future theoretical approaches in peace process studies. Methodologically, she rethinks conflict transformation/resolution approaches to focus on shifts in beliefs and relationships that occur prior to a peace process or the start of peace negotiations, when often much focus on peace processes is on the post-agreement phase. This book is among the first comprehensive, scholarly accounts to date (in the English language) that analyzes the Kurdish peace process.

Arin Y. Savran is Research Data Advisor at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

“Arin Savran’s innovative approach to a complex, trans-border conflict casts new light on old issues, provokes new venues of research, and contributes to the extensive literature on war-making and peace-making processes.”
—Mehmet Gurses, Florida Atlantic University

- Mehmet Gurses

“This book is a welcome addition to the burgeoning literature on Turkey’s Kurdish conflict. It presents a very accessible historical account that highlights the major turns and twists in the conflict and offers a conceptually strong narrative of the conflict’s transformation during the past two decades.”
—Cengiz Gunes, The Open University, UK

- Cengiz Gunes

"This compact book does a good job detailing a very involved and contentious issue in the pages allotted. . . Recommended."

- S. J. Stillwell Jr.

"Turkey and the Kurdish Peace Process is one of the most comprehensive books written with admirable clarity on peace negotiations between Turkish state officials and Kurdish political representatives to end the longest-running counterinsurgency/guerrilla war in Northern Kurdistan (in the southeastern part of Turkey)."
--Middle East Review

- Middle East Review