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Syria’s Kurds and the Syrian Civil War

Syria’s Kurds and the Syrian Civil War

This project explores the role of the Kurds in the war against Islamic State, as well as their participation in the broader Syrian conflict.

The main actors being studied are the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Following the decline of Islamic State in 2017 and 2018, this research stream is increasingly looking at how the Kurds in northern and eastern Syria are continuing to shape the Syrian civil war.

The project also explores the extent to which academic insurgency theory can account for the actions of the YPG and SDF, working to understand how this is different from the behaviour of other insurgent groups operating in Syria today.

As such, this project is also investigating how rival movements approach politics, respond to military asymmetry, are shaped by territory, and make use of transnational support.

Recent Policy Reports

  • Sep182019

    HTS’s Offline Propaganda: Infrastructure, Engagement and Monopoly

    The full report can be accessed here. An overview of its findings can be found…

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  • Sep042019

    ICSR Event – Joana Cook Book Launch, September 17th

    Where: King’s College London When: Tuesday September 17th, 7pm We are delighted to launch Senior Research Fellow…

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  • Sep022019

    ExLegi & ICSR Conference – Exploring Links between Crime and Terrorism, September 16th-17th

    Where: Department of Sociology, University of Oxford When: Monday September 16th – Tuesday September 17th In…

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