Peace in Kurdistan is involved in a collaborative project in which, together, we are trying to envisage what self-determination can and must mean in the 21stcentury.   We are interested in making connections between struggles for self-determination around the globe.  We take our inspiration from Abdullah Ocalan’s re-articulation of self-determination.  Ocalan has emphasised that “the propagation of grass roots democracy is elementary.”  We encourage people to send relevant original articles for inclusion in this new series.


Nationalism and the State

Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley

Edition 2.Nationalism and the State March 2021


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Dr. Thomas Jeffrey Miley ( is a Lecturer of Political Sociology at the University of Cambridge. He is a patron of Peace in Kurdistan and a member of the executive board of the EU Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC). He has published broadly on struggles for self-determination. He is co-editor of Your Freedom and Mine. Abdullah Ocalan and the Kurdish Question in Erdogan’s Turkey (Montreal: Black Rose Books, 2018).