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Cengiz Gunes


What’s Next for Syria’s Kurds?

[PYD supporters at a funeral in Afrin, Syria, August 2012. Image via Wikimedia Commons.]

As events in Syria continue to dominate news headlines across the world, the ascendency of Syria’s geopolitically significant Kurdish minority has brought a new twist to the increasingly bloody conflict. The Kurds gained control of majority Kurdish towns along the Syria-Turkey border, including Afrin and Ayn al Arab (Kobanê) in North Syria, and Ras al Ayn (Serêkaniyê) in North-East Syria, in July 2012. The majority Kurdish areas do not constitute a continuous enclave, and ...

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Cengiz Gunes


Cengiz Gunes completed his PhD at the Ideology and Discourse Analysis Program, the Department of Government, University of Essex, UK. He is the author of The Contemporary Kurdish National Movement in Turkey: From Protest to Resistance (Routledge, 2012) and co-editor (with Welat Zeydanlıoǧlu) of The Kurdish Question in Turkey: New Perspectives on Violence, Representation, and Reconciliation (Routledge, 2014). His main research interests are in identity and nationalism, peace and conflict studies, and the international relations of the Middle East. Currently he works as an Associate Lecturer at the Open University, UK.