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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

  • Mar122019

    ICSR Event – Talk & Discussion with Peter Neumann at House of Commons, Tuesday March 19th, 6pm

    Where: Committee Room 12, Palace of Westminster, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA When: Tuesday March 19th, 6pm Rehman Chishti…

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  • Mar012019

    ICSR Event – Conceptualising the Role of Ideology and Ideas in Extremism, Thursday March 14th, 5.30pm

    Where: King’s College London When: Thursday March 14th, 5.30pm ICSR is delighted to invite you to an…

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  • Feb212019

    ICSR Event – Expert Talk On Counter-Terrorism in Indonesia, Wednesday March 6th, 5.30pm

    Where: King’s College London When: Wednesday March 6th, 5.30pm ICSR has the pleasure of inviting you to…

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