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
ICSR Event – Expert Talk and Interactive Session on the Syrian ConflictRead more
Where: King’s College London When: Monday October 29th, 12.30pm ICSR has the pleasure of inviting you to…ICSR Team
ICSR Event – Clint Watts Book LaunchRead more
Where: King’s College London When: Thursday October 25th, 6.30pm To celebrate Clint Watts’ new book, Messing with the…ICSR Team
The Kurds After the ‘Caliphate’: How the Decline of ISIS has Impacted the Kurds of Iraq and SyriaRead more
The full report can be accessed here. Read on for the Executive Summary. • While…ICSR Team