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John Holland-McCowan

John Holland-McCowan

Research Fellow

John Holland-McCowan is a Research Fellow at ICSR. He is currently researching to what degree scholarly understandings of insurgencies can account for ISIS’s and the Syrian Kurds’ rival campaigns from mid 2014 to mid 2017. He is a PhD candidate at King’s College London, holds an MA in Terrorism, Security, and Society from King’s College London, as well as a BA in Government and Archeology from Harvard College.

Policy Reports:

  • ‘The Kurds After the ‘Caliphate’: How the Decline of ISIS has Impacted the Kurds of Iraq and Syria’ (London: ICSR, 2018); available here.
  • ‘War of Shadows: How Turkey’s Conflict with the PKK Shapes the Syrian Civil War and Iraqi Kurdistan’ (London: ICSR, 2017); available here.
  • ‘Caliphate in Decline: An Estimate of Islamic State’s Financial Fortunes’ (London: ICSR, 2017) (with Peter Neumann, Rajan Basra, and Stefan Heißner); available here.


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