Crisis in Kobane

After the Islamic State’s rapid advances in Iraq, scant attention has been paid to their offensive in Kobane. Today, Aaron Stein speaks with Michael Stephens, Director of RUSI Qatar, about the on-going clashes between the PYD and the Islamic State on the border of Syrian Kurdistan. The two discuss Turkish policy in Iraq and Syria and finish with a more general discussion about the trajectory of the conflicts in Iraq and Syria.

Aaron and Michael discussed a number of articles during the podcast:

Michael Stephens and Sofia Barbarani, “While Iraq burns, Isis takes advantage in Syria,” BBC News, 18 July 2014,

Syria Kurds impose mandatory military service,” Al Jazeera English, 17 July 2014.

Rojava: Syria’s Unknown War,” VICE News, 13 December 2013.

Aaron Stein, “Turkey’s Response to ISIS and the Crisis in Iraq,” RUSI Analysis, Royal United Services Institute, 16 July 2014.

As always, you can now subscribe to the Turkey Wonk Podcast on iTunes.

PS – If you enjoyed this podcast, check out these other podcasts.

Middle East Week Podcast with Karl Morand.

Brown Moses Podcast with Eliot Higgins. 

The Arms Control Wonk Podcast with me and Jeffrey Lewis. 


About aaronstein1

I am an Istanbul based PhD Candidate a King's College London.
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