Allies and Enemies: Pro-Kurdish Parties in Turkish Politics, 1990–94

  title={Allies and Enemies: Pro-Kurdish Parties in Turkish Politics, 1990–94},
  author={Nicole Frances Watts},
  journal={International Journal of Middle East Studies},
  pages={631 - 656}
  • N. Watts
  • Published 1 November 1999
  • Political Science
  • International Journal of Middle East Studies
Preventing the development of an ethnic Kurdish cultural and political movement has been a priority of the Turkish state since the Kurdish-led Shaykh Said Rebellion of 1925.' Nevertheless, beginning around 1959 this effort was steadily if slowly undermined, and events of the past ten years suggest that it has indeed failed. Not only have Kurdish activists gained some measure of international recognition for themselves and for the concept of Kurdish ethnic rights,2 but promoting the notion of… 

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