Conflict and Fragility
The Conflict Research Unit conducts research on the political economy of 21st century conflict and fragility dynamics. By offering insights and innovative approaches as to how to reduce the occurrence, intensity and impact of violence, we aim to achieve that policy makers and practitioners feel urged and enabled to take informed action against the human suffering caused by violent conflict today.
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This analysis sheds new light on the rise and evolution of the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the Syrian conflict. They are neither just emergent democrats, terrorists, Assad’s henchmen or rebels, but combine all these elements in a quest for dominance and survival.