Mustafa Gurbuz

INTERVIEW: Crisis in Iraqi Kurdistan

INTERVIEW: Crisis in Iraqi Kurdistan

RUDAW INTERVIEW WITH MUSTAFA GURBUZ In recent weeks, Iraqi Kurdistan has fallen into what appears to be the worst political turmoil since the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. The unity of the semi-autonomous region is now on the brink of collapse due to extraordinary measures taken by the ruling party Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and its […]

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Turkey’s Syria Strategy: All About Domestic Politics?

Turkey’s Syria Strategy: All About Domestic Politics?

The prospects for a coalition government in Turkey have faded away, and Turks are about to witness yet another election — the fourth poll in the past two years. The rise of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) as a challenger to the Justice and Development Party (AKP) was in fact a crucial factor behind the […]

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Turkey’s Double War on ISIS and PKK

Turkey’s Double War on ISIS and PKK

Monday Talk interview with Mustafa Gurbuz appeared in Vocal International on August 2, 2015  *Giving the current operation conducted by Turkey against the PKK and the statement made by some of the PKK’s cadres, is Kurdish peace process over? Well, I’ve been calling it a “cease-fire,” not a peace process. A true peace process requires […]

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Is Turkey Headed into a Syrian Quagmire?

Is Turkey Headed into a Syrian Quagmire?

By offering Incirlik to Washington, Erdoğan not only highlights his unique position, but he also takes steps toward further involvement in northern Syria.  As Turkey has agreed to allow the United States to use Incirlik Air Base in return for a security zone in Syria, can we assume that there is a new consensus between […]

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INTERVIEW: Critical period for Hizbullah in Turkey’s tense southeast

INTERVIEW: Critical period for Hizbullah in Turkey’s tense southeast

William Armstrong’s Interview with Mustafa Gurbuz appeared in Hurriyet Daily News on June 20, 2015 Violence that erupted in Turkey’s southeast before and after the recent election has raised fears of a return to widespread clashes between affiliates of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Hizbullah, an outlawed Kurdish Islamist militant group. Back in the 1990s, along […]

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Turkey’s Kurds Weigh An Election Choice

Turkey’s Kurds Weigh An Election Choice

When the Kurdish-dominated Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) decided to contest Turkey’s upcoming June 2015 general election as a party rather than as independent candidates, it sparked much debate within Turkey’s Kurdish community. For more than two decades, Kurdish-affiliated parties have resorted to running independents as a tactic to circumvent the minimum 10 percent national threshold […]

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What Fuels Militant Islamism?

What Fuels Militant Islamism?

Gruesome ISIS beheadings, the Sydney siege, and now Taliban’s slaughter of children in Pakistan have haunted the media, along with the Senate report on CIA’s use of torture against suspected terrorists. The true nature of the radicalization problem, once again, is mostly obscured by petty domestic politics. The militant Islamism rests on a triple layer: […]

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US-PYD Rapprochement: A Shift in Washington’s Strategy?

US-PYD Rapprochement: A Shift in Washington’s Strategy?

After the US airdrops over Kobane, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has a hard time understanding why the town is so strategic for the United States. Erdogan also may have a hard time grasping the myriad US national security interests at stake in a post-Bashar Assad Syria. Only a day before the ammunition […]

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