In this month’s podcast, I’m joined by Kamran Matin and Fred Weber to discuss recent events in Turkey. We cover the apparent sea change in the AKP’s foreign and domestic policy in the aftermath of the 7th June elections. We also unravel the intricacies of Kurdish politics and examine the contradictory interests of NATO. In short, we ask: what the hell is going on in Turkey and what are the implications of Turkey’s actions for the geopolitics of the Middle East?
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Glossary of parties, organisations etc discussed in the podcast:
AKP – Justice and Development Party (caretaker governing party in Turkey, Islamic-conservative)
CHP – Republican People’s Party (largest opposition party in Turkey, secular-nationalist-social democratic)
HDP – People’s Democracy Party (Turkey’s pro-Kurdish, left wing party)
ISIS – Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (also known as Islamic State, ISIL and Daesh)
KDP – Kurdish Democratic Party (Barzani’s political party in Iraq, hostile to the PKK/ PYD)
MHP – Nationalist Movement Party (far-right party in Turkey)
PKK – Kurdish Worker’s Party (Kurdish revolutionary party in Turkey)
PYD – Democratic Union Party (Syrian affiliate of the PKK)
YPG – People’s Protection Units (military wing of the PYD)
YPJ – Women’s Protection Units (women’s wing of the YPG)