"The boat is broken": What really went wrong with the Kurdish peace process?

"The boat is broken": What really went wrong with the Kurdish peace process?

Wednesday, 4 May 2016 - 12:30pm
Venue: 
Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR
Speaker(s): 
Ezgi Başaran (St Antony's College, Oxford)
Convenor: 
Othon Anastasakis (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Series: 
SEESOX

The peace process that took place between the Kurdish movement and the Turkish State had commenced in March 2013 and survived till the end of July 2015. The talk will try to convey the two-year old story of the peace process through accounts of the Kurdish movement and the Turkish State. It will also shed light the systemic problems as well as critical moments that led the process to fail. The exact chronology of the process turned out to be a matter of political stance in Turkey after the collapse, where each party involved, used it to blame the other side. The audience would have a chance to hear the many untold aspects of the process and make their own mind as to who actually knocked the negotiation table down and explore ways to restore the peace process to a question, which claimed more than 40.000 lives since 1984. 

Ezgi Başaran is a Turkish journalist and the author of the book “Once Upon a time Peace – Barış Bir Varmış, Bir Yokmuş.” She is now an academic visitor at the St Antony’s College of the Oxford University.