Iraqi Partition and Turkey's War on Terror: A Wider Perspective

Author
B├╝lent Aras
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Insight Turkey
Volume
9
Issue Number
3
Publication Date
July - September 2007
Institution
SETA Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research
Abstract
In an age of war on terror, Turkey pursues its own war against the escalating PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) terror. The dynamics that led to a parliamentary motion for a cross border operation into Northern Iraq will have implications for Turkey's relations with Washington, Baghdad and other capitals in the region. The Expanded Meeting of the Neighboring Countries of Iraq held in Istanbul on 2-3 November 2007 coincided with Turkey's intensive regional diplomacy. There are serious challenges to ending PKK terrorism and finding a lasting solution to the Kurdish problem. The Erdogan Government must fight terrorism in a way that will not jeopardize the process of democratization and political reforms in Turkey.
Topic
Terrorism, War
Political Geography
Iraq, Turkey