The book mainly analyzes the lobbying attempts of the PYD to sell its model of governance through the specific arguments with a purpose for engaging with the international powers, the US and the UK, and these countries’ responsiveness towards the PYD arguments. While analyzing the PYD’s strategies for lobbying and the responsiveness of the US and the UK, the book also considers the counter-lobbying efforts of Turkey and its potential challenges on these countries’ responsiveness towards the PYD arguments. The author argues that the responsiveness of the US and the UK towards the PYD arguments is mainly related to these countries’ policy stances and policy objectives in Syria during the civil war. In this regard, the overlapping or conflicting policy objectives between the PYD, the Turkish government, and the US and the UK play a significant role in the responsiveness of these countries towards the PYD arguments.
Turgay Demir is lecturer at the International Relations Department of the Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University, Rize in Turkey.
List of Abbreviations
Chapter 1 The Ideology of the Kurdish Political Movement and Its International Relations
Chapter 2 Dynamic Framing in Ethnic Lobbying
Chapter 3 Favorable Political Opportunities and the PYD Lobbying
Chapter 4 Turkish Government’s Response to PYD Lobbying: Negative Characterization and Counter-Lobbying
Chapter 5 Responsiveness Towards Normative Arguments
Chapter 6 Responsiveness Towards Strategic Arguments
About the Author
This well written and documented analysis lucidly unpacks the important Syrian Kurdish experience and resulting new model of Kurdish governance since the horrific civil war commenced in 2011. Recommended.
This is a very welcome and timely addition to the expanding literature on the Syrian Kurds. Turgay Demir builds on excellent recent work to provide valuable analysis of the PYD’s efforts to lobby for international support for Rojava’s survival, and Turkey’s counter-efforts. The book delivers a clear and comprehensive exposition of this struggle and a compelling argument for the importance of winning the narrative war alongside military efforts.
The book is a must-read for anyone interested in the Syrian Kurdish national movement and social movement theories. It provides a well-informed and rigorous analysis of how the PYD sold its vision to international audiences depending on their overlapping or conflicting policy objectives with the PYD in Syria.