American Viewpoints

Rebecca Hassell (far right), in Turkey with family

Rebecca Hassell, an American teenager who has lived in Turkey for the last four years, commented on how she views the conflict. “In Turkey the government has started to use the Kurds as their scapegoats of sorts for their political problems.” Hassell said, “Not to say that the Kurds are not causing problems in Turkey, but Turkey has some of its own problems.” As for what problems the Turkish-Kurdish conflict is having on Turkey, Hassell said, “It causes a lot of political indecisiveness and I think the more that the Turkish government furthers this problem, the less united and effective the Turkish government can be.”


Mr. Ainken, AP human geography teacher

AP human geography teacher Brendon Aitken offered his viewpoint on this issue, “Although Turkey is a more developed country according to the United Nations, they are still dealing with these issues as a big part of their livelihood.” Aiken said, “There are no easy solutions to this, I think, the Kurdish people want their independence. And I think the Turkish people are like: ‘we can’t do that’. What’s to say that other groups are going to want independence and then your country’s going to be constantly cut into pieces.” He explains his views on how the conflict is affecting the U.S. “I think it affects the whole U.S. in the sense that we’re becoming more isolationist. We’re stepping back and we’re trying to be less leaders of the world and more: let’s take care of what’s going on in the U.S.”


The Turkish-Kurdish conflict is a complex situation and there is no easy solution. There is extreme pressure coming from both sides of the conflict to be resolved in their favor. It is very hard for anyone to completely understand this issue, especially if they are not directly affected by it. Duran mentioned that there are external influences that can add to the conflict and how we see it. Everyone interviewed agreed on the complexity, confusion, and profound impacts the conflict has. However, they also agreed on the importance and ability for it to be solved. In a world full of varying viewpoints, staying informed is the best tool.

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