Kurdish Freedom Movement, 1980


The creation of the modern Turkish state marked a new era in global politics. Where the Ottoman empire once stood proud, a new secular nation was being put into creation. However, while nothing but optimism gleamed from the eyes of Turkey’s budding government, tones of religious and ethnic persecution laid buried in cries for modernity. In 1973 the Kurdish people felt the overwhelming need to declare their identity and demand rights in Turkey. In this committee, delegates will have the opportunity to create peace in a conflict riddled with issues pertaining to identity politics. Following the violent fallout from the creation of the PKK through the first insurgency, questions pertaining to the role of civilians in situations of armed conflict and national identity will arise, forcing a deeper understanding of modern nation-states formation, national identities, and religion in secular states. Starting in 1978, the committee will work through years of complex history, using their creativity and understanding of regional relations to progress Turkish and Kurdish relations.