Research and Creative Coffee is a series of events aimed to be a platform for discussions about publications, projects and working papers of AAU Faculty as well as AAU students.

The upcoming event planned for December 6th, starting at 9.30 am, in Room 1.33, will be devoted to the research paper: “Parties with rebel wings: Theoretical lessons from the case of the pro-Kurdish parties in Turkey”, by Pelin Ayan Musil, PhD. (AAU) and Jacob Maze (Charles University).
We will welcome Dr. Lucia Najšlová, Lecturer, at CERGE-EI, as the discussant of the paper.
Please register using this link.
(Only registered participants will receive the full paper)


Abstract of the paper:
The pro-Kurdish movement in Turkey has been institutionalized both in the form of a legal political party and an illegal rebel group for three decades. While the party regularly participates in national and local elections, the rebel wing continues its insurgent activities with occasional ceasefires. This is puzzling as the current literature emphasizes that rebel-to-party transformation happens toward the end of a civil war. In the Turkish context, on the contrary, we observe the formation and co-existence of a party with the rebel group during the continuation and even escalation of a civil war. Therefore we ask, if there is a rebel group, what is the role of the party? If there is a party, what is the role of the rebel group? Why do they co-exist? Utilizing theories of party formation, moderation and adaption, we analyze 20 interviews with pro-Kurdish political activists, official party programs and the media statements of the pro-Kurdish party leaders on rebel insurgency from 1991-to-2015. We argue that the establishment of a political party helps the rebel group in two ways: First, the leadership of the party serves as a mediator between the state and the rebel group to discuss the conditions for peace negotiations. Second, the party on the ground has an integrative function in the society: it tries to ‘win over’ supporters and articulate the ‘legitimate reasons’ for the ongoing violence. This second function is often more challenging and a longer-term process, influenced by the changing state-society relations.