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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

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    ICSR Event – Peace, Security and Crisis Response in Libya, February 24th

    Where: King’s College London When: Monday February 24th, 2.30pm We are delighted to host Edouard Belloncle for…

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  • Jan292020

    ICSR Event – Audrey Kurth Cronin Book Launch, February 10th

    Where: King’s College London When: Monday February 10th, 7pm We are delighted to launch Audrey Kurth Cronin’s…

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  • Dec172019

    ICSR & KFCRIS Conference – Non-State Actor Governance, January 27th-28th

    Where: King’s College London When: January 27th & 28th In January 2020, ICSR and the King Faisal…

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