The Road Map to Negotiations
Abdullah Ocalan, translated by Havin Guneser
with a preface by Immanuel Wallerstein
The Road Map is an extraordinary document. It was the centerpiece of the secret dialogue process between Abdullah Öcalan and the Turkish state that started in 2009 and was broken off in mid-2011. Here Öcalan defines the necessary steps that have to be met for a serious peace process to start. At the same time he outlines a real solution of the Kurdish issue. Going beyond traditional solutions like statehood or territorial autonomy, he envisions a democratic nation and a common homeland for all countries where Kurds live, indeed for the whole Middle East. Refusing traditional arguments, he gives all parties concerned something to think about.
“The Road Map offers ‘a solution to the Kurdish question’ in Turkey. But it raises issues that are far more general and widespread than the specific geohistorical questions it discusses.” from the preface by Immanuel Wallerstein
“The Road Map is great, thoughtful, clear and convincing.” Prof. Hassan Hanafi, Dep. of Philosophy, Cairo University
“Öcalan is the Gramsci of our times.” Prof. Tamir Bar-On, Monterrey Institute of Technology, Queretaro, Mexico