Why Study the PKK versus Turkey Conflict
This chapter explains in brief the rationale behind a monograph on the intermittent war between the Partiya Karkerên Kurdistanê or Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Turkey since 2004: first of all, this fluctuating war (i.e. defeat of the PKK in 1999, ceasefire between 1999 and 2004, limited war between 2004 and 2011, all-out war in 2012, peace negotiations between 2013 and 2015, all-out war between 2015 and 2017 and now stalemate?) is indeed an ideal case study for specialists in insurgency and counter-insurgency (COIN), and, secondly, this intermittent conflict is still an ongoing war with a critical peripheral dimension (i.e. Iraq and Syria). This chapter argues that this book will use the insights of the disciplines of International Relations and Strategy to offer an up-to-date and critical account of the Turkey vs PKK conflict.