Along with a widespread commitment to democracy among Turks and a resilient civil society, the victory of a pro-Kurdish rights party in securing enough votes to enter parliament could still strengthen Turkey’s democracy and regional stability.
The results of Iraq’s parliamentary elections this month took many by surprise. Populist Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s coalition won a plurality of 329 seats, followed by three other lists dominated
Significant divisions among Sunni, Shi’a, and the Kurdish parties have led to uncertainty—yet they could also lead to new alliances that may improve political dynamics in Iraq.
The demonstrations have subsided, but if the Kurdistan government continues to fail to meet demands, protests may reoccur and armed struggle could become a possibility.
The failure of the independence movement has strengthened the will of many Kurds for democracy, rule of law, institutionalization of the peshmerga and security forces.
TIMEP Nonresident Fellow Hassan Hassan answered questions about recent terrorist attacks in Beirut and Paris apparently carried out by the Islamic State.