“Cleaning out the Ghettos”: Urban Governance and the Remaking of Kurdistan
CO-WRITTEN WITH DEFNE KADIOĞLU
"While the Kurdish region has historically been governed through underdevelopment leaving the population relatively poor and isolated from state services, it seems that we are currently witnessing the dawn of a new form of neoliberal governance. Just as the AKP has been unwilling and unable to continue peace negotiation talks with Kurdish representatives, it has also been unable to push for urban renewal and reinvestment in the Southeast, as the example of Sur and the resistance on part of its residents to relocate is proof of. The destruction of the region’s urban areas—including infrastructure that provides basic needs like electricity and water—and the prolonged curfews that are forcing residents out of their homes have shown to be an effective technique for pushing the AKP’s agenda. Destruction and reconstruction here are two sides of the same neoliberal coin."