Click here to read ICSR’s latest report Islamic State in Libya: From Force to Farce?

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 – Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens Book Launch, June 9th

    Where: Online When: Tuesday June 9th, 5pm BST / 12pm EST We are delighted to launch Alexander…

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  • Apr162020

    ICSR, PoE & Naval War College Event – The ISIS Reader Author Panel, April 21st

    Where: Zoom When: Tuesday April 21st, 10.30am EST/3.30pm BST Together with ICSR and the Naval War College,…

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  • Mar102020

    Islamic State in Libya: From Force to Farce? 

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