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The AKP’s de-securitization and re-securitization of a minority community: the Alevi opening and closing
journal contributionposted on 2022-10-26, 03:43 authored by Ihsan YilmazIhsan Yilmaz, James BarryJames Barry
This article evaluates the Turkish state’s relations with the Alevi community through a securitization theory framework. It first examines the issue in its historical context, comparing Kemalist and more recent policies, and highlights that despite the ideological differences between the previous governments and the current AKP government, for Alevis much has remained the same. It then turns to the securitization of the Alevis by successive regimes, and demonstrates that the period of de-securitization begun under the AKP did not end the practice, and that political expedience led to the issue’s re-securitization.