Counterterrorism in Turkey: Policy Choices and Policy Effects toward the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Counterterrorism in Turkey

Policy Choices and Policy Effects toward the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), 1st Edition

By Mustafa Cosar Unal


248 pages | 70 B/W Illus.

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Counterterrorism in Turkey comprehensively analyses Turkey’s counterterrorism policies in the context of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party), an ethnicity-based guerrilla insurgency group employing terrorism.

Contrary to most of the counterterrorism studies that focused on single aspect of the phenomenon, this book offers multi-level analyses from a variety of perspectives using both quantitative and qualitative data sets. Examining what measures have been taken so far, and what these policies really mean to the PKK and its sympathisers, Unal examines counterterrorism policies from both the perspective of the government and the PKK. The work evaluates whether policy choices so far have been effective (and in what circumstances) and how they have affected both levels of terrorist violence in Turkey and the nature of this violence.

This work provides a valuable contribution to the literature on counterterrorism and will be of interest to both practitioners and scholars of terrorism studies, extremism and ethnic conflict.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Political Violence and Terrorism in Turkey 2. Counterterrorism in General 3. Methods and Data 4. Examination of the Turkish Counterterrorism Policies 5. Incapacitating PKK Members 6. Analysis of Policies from the PKK's Perspective 7. PKK's Ability to Initiate Violent Incidents 8. Conclusion

About the Author

Mustafa Cosar Ünal is a Chief Superintendent within the Intelligence Department of the Turkish National Police.

About the Series

Extremism and Democracy

This series covers academic studies within the broad fields of ‘extremism’ and ‘democracy’, with volumes focusing on adjacent concepts such as populism, radicalism, and ideological/religious fundamentalism. These topics have been considered largely in isolation by scholars interested in the study of political parties, elections, social movements, activism, and radicalisation in democratic settings. A key focus of the series, therefore, is the (inter-)relation between extremism, radicalism, populism, fundamentalism, and democracy. Since its establishment in 1999, the series has encompassed both influential contributions to the discipline and informative accounts for public debate. Works will seek to problematise the role of extremism, broadly defined, within an ever-globalising world, and/or the way social and political actors can respond to these challenges without undermining democratic credentials.

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