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How Kurdish hopes became Turkey’s fears

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The Kurdish issue is undoubtedly Turkey’s most complex problem, both domestically and regionally. The resumption of armed conflict in July 2015 after a two-year lull has claimed thousands of lives and driven hundreds of thousands from their homes. While violence continues to rattle the country, Ankara’s political and legislative moves have grown more authoritarian by the day. Using the July 15 coup attempt as an opportunity, the government has closed down media outlets and civic groups representing the Kurdish movement and arrested top Kurdish politicians, including parliament members, on the grounds they collaborated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The security-centered approach has extended to foreign policy as well…

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