Conflict Transformation and Asymmetric Conflicts: A Critique of the Failed Turkish-Kurdish Peace Process

Bahar Baser Ozturk, Alpaslan Ozerdem

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In this article, we examine the dynamics of the Kurdish-Turkish peace process that collapsed in the summer of 2015. The negotiations began when the conflict reached a certain level of ripeness, one that made it possible for both sides to entertain the possibility of compromise on various taboo issues. However, in the face of both domestic and international developments, the process came to an abrupt halt. This article argues that the main reason the process stalled was because it was built from the start around the idea of “resolution” rather than “transformation”, a concept better suited to responding to highly fluid asymmetric conflicts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1775-1796
Number of pages22
JournalTerrorism and Political Violence
Issue number8
Early online date9 Sept 2019
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2021

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Funding Information: This work was supported by the Gerda Henkel Foundation; Thomson Reuters Foundation; The Stanley Foundation.


  • PKK
  • Turkey
  • terrorism
  • peace process
  • conflict transformation
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Safety Research
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Safety Research


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