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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 – Peter R. Neumann Book Launch, October 21st

    Where: King’s College London When: Monday October 21st, 6.30pm We are delighted to launch Senior Fellow Peter…

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  • Sep242019

    PoE & ICSR Event – The ISIS Files: An Evening With Rukmini Callimachi, October 7th

    Where: King’s College London When: Monday October 7th, 6.30pm In collaboration with the Program on Extremism (PoE)…

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  • 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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