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Violent Non-state Actors and the Syrian Civil War

The ISIS and YPG Cases

Editors: Oktav, Özden Zeynep, Parlar dal, Emel, Kurşun, Ali Murat (Eds.)

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  • Sheds new light on the security challenges posed by violent non-state armed actors
  • Studies the role of violent non-state actors in the Syrian Civil War
  • Explores the characteristics, ideologies and strategies of the Islamic State (ISIS) and the People's Protection Units (YPG)
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This book sheds new light on the security challenges for failed states posed by violent non-state armed actors (VNSAs). By focusing on the Syrian Civil War, it explores the characteristics, ideologies and strategies of the Islamic State (ISIS) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG), as well as the regional and geopolitical impacts of these VNSAs. The contributors also cover topics such as the re-imagination of borders, the YPG’s demands for national sovereignty, and the involvement of regional and global powers in the Syrian crisis.

“This timely volume by regional scholars and experts examines various aspects of the emergence and expansion of violent non-state actors in the Syrian/Iraqi conflict. The wealth of detail and approaches enhance our understanding of the transformation and dynamics of contemporary conflicts within and beyond the region.” Keith Krause, The Graduate Institute, Geneva “This book opens fascinating glimpses into contrasting forms of “state-like” governance established by non-state actors, ISIS and the Kurdish PYD. [...] It is an important source for students of the Syrian conflict, civil wars, failed states and hybrid governance.”Raymond Hinnebusch, Director Centre for Syrian Studies, University of St. Andrews “This book is an excellent resource for those looking for an interdisciplinary account of VNSAs during the Syrian civil war. It makes a nice contribution to the study of violent non state actors and poses a set of new and pressing questions.” Max Abrahms, Northeastern University.

About the authors

Ozden Zeynep Oktav is a Professor at İstanbul Medeniyet University in the Department of International Relations. She is the author of the books entitled Turkey in the 21st Century Quest for a New Foreign Policy (2011),  Limits of Relations with the West: Turkey Syria and Iran (2008), The Changing Dynamics of the Arab Gulf and Saudi Arabia-US-Iran Relations (2011) and the co-editor of Turkey in the 2000’s: Opportunities, Risks and Crises (2015), GCC-Turkey Relations: Dawn of a New Era (2015). She published many articles on Turkey-Middle East relations. She was awarded the Government of Turkey, Council of Higher Education scholarship in 2011 and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey scholarship in 2013. She was a visiting Researcher at Cambridge University, UK and St. Andrews University, Scotland, UK in 2011 and 2013 respectively.

Emel Parlar Dal is an Associate Professor at Marmara University’s Department of International Relations. Having completed her graduate studies at Paris Sorbonne University, she conducted research at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva in 2010-2011 and at St. Anthony’s College Middle East Centre, Oxford University in 2013. Her articles have covered, inter alia, Turkish foreign policy, Turkey as an emerging power, Turkey’s global governance policies compared with those of the BRICS, Turkey-Middle East relations and the role of violent non-state actors, and Turkey’s development cooperation policies in Africa compared to China’s. Her recent publications have appeared in Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Third World Quarterly, Turkish Studies, International Journal and Perceptions and she recently edited a special issue on MIKTA for Canada’s Journal of Global Policy Analysis with Professor Andrew Cooper from University of Waterloo. She is the editor-in-chief of Rising Powers Quarterly.

Ali Murat Kurşun is a research assistant at Marmara University’s Department of International Relations. He completed his MA degree at Istanbul Bilgi University with a thesis on the critical history of the Middle Eastern borders and he is currently a PhD candidate. His recent publications have so far appeared in SSCI journals such as Global Policy and International Journal. He is the deputy editor of Rising Powers Quarterly.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Reframing and Reassessing the VNSAs in Syrian Conflict: An Introduction

    Pages 1-31

    Oktav, Özden Zeynep (et al.)

  • Contested Geographies: How ISIS and YPG Rule “No-Go” Areas in Northern Syria

    Pages 35-51

    Ünver, H. Akın

  • Making Sense of the Territorial Aspirations of ISIS: Autonomy, Representation, and Influence

    Pages 53-72

    Mehmetcik, Hakan (et al.)

  • How to Profile PYD/YPG as an Actor in the Syrian Civil War: Policy Implications for the Region and Beyond

    Pages 73-90

    Pusane, Özlem Kayhan

  • The Assistance Front Versus the Popular Protection Units Versus the Islamic State: Reciprocal Mobilization and the Ascendance of Violent Non-state Actors in the Syrian Civil War

    Pages 91-106

    Lawson, Fred H.

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eBook £79.50
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-67528-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
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Hardcover £101.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-67527-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover £99.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-88446-2
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Violent Non-state Actors and the Syrian Civil War
Book Subtitle
The ISIS and YPG Cases
Editors
  • Özden Zeynep Oktav
  • Emel Parlar dal
  • Ali Murat Kurşun
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-67528-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-67528-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-67527-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-88446-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 233
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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