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dc.contributor.advisorBraumoeller, Bear
dc.creatorPantich, Alexander D.
dc.description.abstractThis thesis investigates the circumstances surrounding two periods of reforms concerning the Kurds in Turkey to determine possible reasons for the introduction of reforms in 2013. It compiles the literature for each of these periods of reform and determines that a credible commitment from the European Union to Turkish membership was responsible for the first period while the second period occurred due to domestic political factors. The thesis then examines both of these possible causes as well as a third not supported by the literature-that the Turkish government’s goal may have been to improve relations with the government of the autonomous Iraqi Kurdish province- in order to determine which of these was responsible for the September 2013 reforms being introduced. After analysis, this thesis finds that the most likely reason for the introduction of the reforms was that the ruling Justice and Development party hoped to form a conservative alliance with Kurdish voters and political organizations.en_US
dc.publisherThe Ohio State Universityen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesThe Ohio State University. Department of Political Science Honors Theses; 2014en_US
dc.subjectEuropean Unionen_US
dc.titleThe Changing Relationship between the Justice and Development Party and the Kurds in Turkeyen_US
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dc.rights.ccAttribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United Statesen_US
dc.description.academicmajorAcademic Major: Political Scienceen_US
dc.description.academicmajorAcademic Major: Russianen_US

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