Click here to read ICSR’s latest report Prisons and Terrorism: Extremist Offender Management in 10 European Countries

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

  • Jul272020

    Extremist Offender Management in Europe: Country Reports

    You can access the volume of country reports here. Please read on for the Foreword.…

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  • Jul222020

    Prisons and Terrorism: Extremist Offender Management in 10 European Countries

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

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  • Jul082020

    ICSR Report Launch – Prisons and Terrorism: Extremist Offender Management in Ten European Countries, July 22nd

    Where: Online When: Wednesday July 22nd, 5pm BST / 12 pm EST This event will launch a…

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