Enemy of My Enemy, Enemy of My Friend: the United States, the Syrian Kurds, and Proxy War in Syria

dc.contributorFindley, Michael
dc.creatorReppeto, J.P.
dc.date.accessioned2024-02-27T17:39:15Z
dc.date.available2024-02-27T17:39:15Z
dc.date.issued2021-05
dc.description.abstractAn ongoing resurgence of proxy warfare in the world’s conflicts has created an opportunity to reexamine the frameworks used to study it, namely principal-agent theory. In Syria, the United States formed a principal-agent pairing with a local Kurdish militia, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), to defeat the transnational threat posed by the militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Their relationship is but one of several proxy dynamics taking place in Syrian Civil War, with the pressure exerted by different actors such as Turkey and Russia ultimately affecting the US-YPG partnership. This thesis seeks to update principal-agent applications to proxy war by inspecting the impact of third parties on the US-YPG principal-agent relationship.
dc.description.departmentGovernment
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/123810
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.26153/tsw/50604
dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofPlan II Honors Theses - Openly Available
dc.rights.restrictionopen
dc.subjectSyria
dc.subjectSyrian Civil War
dc.subjectWar
dc.subjectConflict
dc.subjectCivil War
dc.subjectProxy War
dc.subjectPrincipal-Agent
dc.subjectKurds
dc.subjectKurdish
dc.subjectYPG
dc.subjectISIS
dc.subjectTurkey
dc.subjectRussia
dc.titleEnemy of My Enemy, Enemy of My Friend: the United States, the Syrian Kurds, and Proxy War in Syria
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