The Kurds of Northern Syria

Governance, Diversity and Conflicts
I.B. Tauris (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 11. Juli 2019
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 264 Seiten
978-1-78831-483-1 (ISBN)
Based on unprecedented access to Kurdish-governed areas of Syria, including exclusive interviews with administration officials and civilian surveys, this book sheds light on the socio-political landscape of this minority group and the various political factions vying to speak for them.
The first English-language book to capture the momentous transformations that have occurred since 2011, the authors move beyond idealized images of Rojava and the Kurdish PYD (Democratic Union Party) to provide a nuanced assessment of the Kurdish autonomous experience and the prospects for self-rule in Syria. The book draws on unparalleled field research, as well as analysis of the literature on the evolution of Kurdish politics and the Syrian war. You will understand why the PYD-led project in Syria split the Kurdish political movement and how other representative structures amongst Syria's Kurds fared. Emerging clearly are the complex range of views about pre-existing, current and future governance structures.
  • Englisch
  • London
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  • Großbritannien
I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd.
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  • Höhe: 234 mm
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  • Breite: 156 mm
  • 544 gr
978-1-78831-483-1 (9781788314831)

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Harriet Allsopp is a researcher and consultant. Her research has focused on Kurdish political organisation, nationalisms and channels of representation and dissent in Syria. She holds a PhD in Politics from Birkbeck College, University of London and is the author of The Kurds of Syria: Political Parties and Identity in the Middle East (I. B. Tauris, 2014).

Wladimir van Wilgenburg is an analyst of Kurdish politics and a journalist living in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan. Much of his work is based on first-hand research and interviews conducted on the ground in Iraqi Kurdistan and Northern Syria. In 2013, he received an MA from the University of Exeter's Kurdish Studies program.
Note on Transliteration and Bibliographic Referencing
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations

Scope of the study:
Method and Fieldwork
Clarifications and definitions:

1 Identity and Representation I: the foundations of identity formation and representation
The demography of governance
Key influences on Kurdish identity formation
o State building and legitimacy:
o Tribal and local sub-state identities and channels of representation:
o Pan-state identity:
International class solidarity
Pan-state Kurdish identity
Politics and political identity
o The 1957 genealogy
o The PKK and PYD
The Effects of the Crisis on Identity

2 Kurdish Political Parties: A Comparison of Political Values

Parties of 1957 and the KNC
o The political spectrum and fragmentation
o The dominant parties of the 1957 genealogy
o The Kurdish National Council (KNC)
o KNC policy and internal divisions
o Military organisations
o Party alliances and affiliations within the Syria
Armed forces
PYD alliances and affiliations within Syria
Cooperation and disagreement between the PYD and KNC
A Comparison of political values
o Democracy
o National and ethnic rights
o Women's rights
o The Future of Syria

3 PYD-led Governance Structures: From the DAAs to Federalism
The development of 'Democratic Autonomy': From the PYD to a federal region in under five years
Power structures and constituent parts
o Local DAA Governance
o Councils and Communes
o The economy
o The Education system
o Media
The Security of the Administrations
o The Asayish
o The YPG
o Self-Defence Forces (HXP) and Civil Defence Forces (HPC)
o Other Military forces
o Salaries
The move towards federalism
Local Obstacles to DAA control and to federalism
* Ethnic and political diversity
* KNC-PYD tensions and political opposition
A new state structure?

4 Identity and Representation II: The Democratic Autonomy Project

Direct democracy in practice
Transformations in identity and understandings of representation 2011-2016
Women's representation
A revolution in representation? Opinions about the system

5 The Role of Regional and International Actors

Intra-Kurdish power relations
Regional Relations
* Turkey
* Iraq
* The Syrian government
* Iran
International Relations
* The USA
* Russia

6 The Prospects of Kurdish Self-Representation and Self-Governance

The State context: Representation and identity
The northern Syria context
Kurdish society

Co-authored by two proven experts on the subject and based on meticulously careful field research, this analysis presents valuable detailed and broadly-based insights into the Kurdish autonomous experience in northern Syria and its uncertain future. * Michael M. Gunter, Professor, Tennessee Technological University, USA. * A major contribution to the literature on the Kurdish struggle in Syria, based on extensive interviews with a wide range of actors. Balanced in its coverage of the various ethno-religious communities and political forces. The book will remain a valuable resource even when the facts on the ground have changed. * Martin van Bruinessen, Professor Emeritus of the Comparative Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies, Utrecht University, Netherlands * The most complete and objective book about Syrian Kurds. [the authors] conducted a very thorough field survey and took the necessary step back to analyze the Kurdish identity, its system of government and future in the last context of American troop withdrawal. An incredible adventure in a few years the weakest part of Kurdistan becomes its "revolutionary vanguard", in a tremendous context of fierce war against the Islamic State. * Fabrice Balanche, Associate Professor and Research Director, University of Lyon 2, France *

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