The “Institute for Peace Support and Conflict Resolution” in cooperation with the “International Institute for Peace” and the “Österreichsiche Orient Gesellschaft” invites you to an international conference on

International Conference on „The Kurdish Issue(s)“

Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 May 2016

Sala Terrena, Landesverteidigungsakademie, Stiftgasse 2a 1070 Wien

 

The event will be under strict Chatham House rules allowing participants from academics and officials to freely exchange views.

 

Monday 9 May

Time

Topic

Name

Moderator

 

09:00-09:30

Check-in and Registration

 

 

09:30-10:00

Welcome and Outline

Walter FEICHTINGER

Hannes SWOBODA

Bert FRAGNER

Walter POSCH

 

10:00-11:30

Kurdish Nationalism/s and Identy/ies

  • Ethnic and religious fault lines
  • Political identities

 

Martin van BRUINESSEN

 

 

Stephan PROCHAZKA

11:30-12:00

Coffee brake

12:00-13:30

The KRG-Region

  • Geo-Strategic aspects
  • Hydrocarbon resources
  • Constitutional issues
  • Security/Relations with neighbours

Bill PARK

Katherina RANHARTER

Verena GRUBER

 

 

Gabriele CASCONE

13:30-14:30

Lunch

14:30-16:00

Iran and its Kurds

  • The Iranian state and Kurdish Nationalism
  • Kurdish movements and organisations
  • Constitutional issues

Simone LANGANGER

Touraj ATABAKI

Bijan KHAJEHPOUR

 

Arnold KAMMEL

16:00-16:30

Coffee

16:30-18:00

PYD-YPG in Rojava

  • Fight against IS
  • Relations with Ankara and Damascus
  • Are the Kurds Part of the solution?

Daniel GERLACH

Khaled Yacoub OWEIS

Kirill V. VERTYAYEV

 

Gudrun HARRER

19:00

Dinner at the Officers’ Mess

 

 

 

Tuesday 10 May

Time

Topic

Name

Moderator

 

09:00-10:30

Turkey (I) Military Escalation

  • The PKK’s forces
  • Turkey’s new counterinsurgency

Metin GÜRCAN

Güney YILDIZ

Serdar ERDURMAZ

 

Christian HEISER

10:30-11:00

Coffee

11:00-12:30

Turkey (II) How to restart negotiations

  • Brake down of Negotiations 
  • Authoritarianism
  • Prospects?

Kerim YILDIZ

Günter SEUFERT

Karabekir AKKOYUNLU

 

Walter POSCH

12:30-13:30

Lunch

13:30-15:00

The EU and the Kurdish issue

  • Kurdish issue or Kurdish issues?
  • The Kurds and  Turkey’s EU membership process
  • EU Supporting the KRG 

Clarisse PASZTORY

Meike THIER

 

 

Hannes SWOBODA

 

15:00-16:00

Wrap-up and final debate

 

Walter POSCH