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Changing Dynamics in Kurdish Politics in Syria and Turkey

24 September 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Chatham House, London


Dr Zeynep Kaya, Research Fellow, LSE
Guney Yildiz, Journalist, BBC News

Chair: Tim Eaton, Project Manager, Syria and Its Neighbours Policy Initiative, Chatham House



The instability caused by the conflict in Syria has had major implications for Kurdish political movements in Turkey and Syria. In Syria, the collapse of central authority has presented an unprecedented opportunity for self-governance, while in Turkey, the end of the ceasefire between the Turkish government and the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) has jeopardized the ongoing peace process. This has ramifications for the Turkish government's Syria policy, especially ahead of Turkey's general election in November.

The panel will assess the current state of Kurdish politics in Syria and Turkey and will consider the shifting dynamics between the different Kurdish groups.