Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Wartime Election Makes Kurdish Peace in Turkey More Distant

  • Erdogan presidency, Kurdish autonomy are bargaining chips
  • Days after vote see renewed clashes as well as peace feelers
Updated on

Turkey’s governing AK Party is sending mixed signals about its willingness to reopen peace talks with the Kurds after an election that was marked by an escalation in a decades-old conflict.

The government and the armed militants of the PKK have both dropped hints they’re ready for dialogue even as they vow to prolong fighting. The question is whether they can make up lost ground: since June, the peace process has unraveled and government airstrikes and PKK raids have left hundreds dead, turning the largely Kurdish southeast back into a battlefield.