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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

  • Oct162018

    ICSR Event – Expert Talk and Interactive Session on the Syrian Conflict

    Where: King’s College London When: Monday October 29th, 12.30pm ICSR has the pleasure of inviting you to…

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  • Oct122018

    ICSR Event – Clint Watts Book Launch

    Where: King’s College London When: Thursday October 25th, 6.30pm To celebrate Clint Watts’ new book, Messing with the…

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  • Oct102018

    The Kurds After the ‘Caliphate’: How the Decline of ISIS has Impacted the Kurds of Iraq and Syria

    The full report can be accessed here. Read on for the Executive Summary. • While…

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