The Kurds have often been dubbed as “geopolitically cursed” since the Treaty of Lausanne (1923) has initiated their scattering into four separate minorities across Türkiye, Syria, Iraq and Iran. In the past decade, however, the role played by Kurdish armed factions in their fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has significantly elevated their hopes for change. At a time when renewed Turkish military operations across the “post-ISIS” landscape are notably emboldening the latter’s resurgence, this e-Note draws up a balance sheet regarding Kurdish achievements and challenges in “Rojava” (northeastern Syria).

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e-Note 44

Whither the Kurds in “Post-ISIS” Syria?

Fabrice BALANCHE & Didier LEROY