From Terrorist Organization to Freedom Fighters: The Geopolitical Turn on the PKK
Kurdistan National Congress (KNK)
Chaired by: Jolle Demmers (Centre for Conflict Studies, Utrecht University)
Adem Uzun is a leading politician in the Kurdistan National Congress (KNC) and a member of the Kurdish negotiation team during the ‘Oslo Process’ between 2009 and 2011 that brought the Turkish government together with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
This lecture addresses the geopolitical conditions that made the PKK one of the parties blacklisted widest as a terrorist organization world-wide, while in the last year, the role of the PKK and its Syrian trained militia’s, has been crucial to provide backing to Kurdistan in Iraq and many international armies to oppose the rise of the Islamic State (IS). At what level has the PKK, which abolished the concept of the nation-state already in the nineties, caused an actual threat to Turkey and the international community? And is the current international turn regarding the PKK a classic example of the “terrorist” turned “freedom fighter,” now that the IS forms the new supposed “global terrorist threat”?
The New World Summit: Stateless State took place at the Royal Flemish Theater in Brussels, Belgium, 19-21 September 2014.