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Title: The ‘Rojava Revolution’ in Syrian Kurdistan: A Model of Development for the Middle East?
Authors: Cemgil, Can
Hoffmann, Clemens
Contact Email: clemens.hoffmann@stir.ac.uk
Issue Date: 26-May-2016
Citation: Cemgil C & Hoffmann C (2016) The ‘Rojava Revolution’ in Syrian Kurdistan: A Model of Development for the Middle East?, IDS Bulletin, 47 (3), pp. 53-76.
Abstract: As the civil war in Syria continues, in the territory of Rojava – in Kurdish, ‘the West’ – the northern Syrian Kurdish political movement is attempting to implement ‘libertarian municipalism’, based on the thoughts of United States (US) anarchist Murray Bookchin. Since the withdrawal of Syrian regime forces in 2012, the movement has consolidated significant territorial gains as a US ally in the anti-Islamic State (IS) struggle, while simultaneously securing Russian support. Viewed with suspicion by Turkey, Syria and Iraqi Kurdistan, the geopolitical conditions of Rojava’s emergence are its greatest impediment. This article analyses Rojava’s model of rule and socioeconomic development, and its theory and practice in the context of the civil war, and regional Middle Eastern and wider global geopolitics. It reflects on Rojava’s place and meaning for contemporary geopolitics in the Middle East, and considers the territory’s prospects, discussing its transformative potential for an otherwise troubled region.
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.19088/1968-2016.144
Rights: © 2016 The Authors. IDS Bulletin © Institute of Development Studies | DOI: 10.19088/1968-2016.144 This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original authors and source are credited. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode

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