Ismail Küpeli

Ismail Küpeli M.A.

Political Science

Room: NA 6/28
Tel.: +49 (0)234/32-29703

• 2003 to 2007: Political sciences and Oriental studies (BA) at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Bachelor Thesis on "Failing States:
Understanding, Explaining and Possible Approaches". Key interests:
international politics, political regimes in the Middle East
• 2008 to 2010: International Relations and Foreign Aid (MA) at Universit t Duisburg-Essen. Master-Thesis on "Stabilisation of an Authoritarian Rule: The Case of Azerbaijan". Key interests: Research on Peace and Conflict, Theories of Development, Democratisation
• Currently: Doctorate at the Faculty of History of the Ruhr-Universit t Bochum ("The Kurdish uprisings in Turkey of the 1920s and 30s")

Research interests:
• History of modern Turkey
• Violence policies in nation and state building
• Turkish and Kurdish nationalisms
• Kurds in Turkey

PhD project:
"The Kurdish Uprisings in Turkey during the 1920s and 1930s"

The conflict between the Turkish State and the Kurdish population is one of the crucial factors in the history of Turkey until now. Political debates and decisions in many, quite different fields from education to foreign affairs can be traced back to the "Kurdish Matter". Furthermore, the conflict is of significance for the historical development and the current situation of the entire Middle East due to Kurdish populations in many countries. There they have produced relevant actors, besides in Turkey also, for example, in Syria and Iraq. By analysing its history, the thesis will widely improve the understanding of the current conflict between the Turkish State and the Kurdish population. So far both political and scientific approaches to the "Kurdish Matter" have focused on the present without developing a historical framework. So far connections between the 'homogenisation' policies of the Turkish State and the Kurdish uprisings in the 1920s and 1930s have been neglected including their possible implications on the actual political situation. Contrary to that the dissertation centres its historical analysis on the 1920s and 1930s as a crucial stage for the development of the Turkish national state and its ties and relations to the Kurdish population.

• (as editor) Kampf um Kobane – Kampf um die Zukunft des Nahen Ostens. edition assemblage, Münster 2015.
• Nelkenrevolution reloaded? Krise und soziale Kämpfe in Portugal. edition assemblage, Münster 2013.
• Aserbaidschan - ein autoritärer Rentierstaat? Politik und Ökonomie unter dem Aliyev-Regime. Optimus Verlag, Göttingen 2013.

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