This book seeks to shed more light on the US strategy of proxy warfare in modern times with the Syrian Civil War as a case study. The two authors combine Modern History with International Relations and Strategic Studies in order to offer an up-to-date and critical analysis of this unique partnership between a state (USA) and a non-state actor (Syrian Kurds) against another non-state actor (ISIS) - amidst a wider civil war. They argue that this partnership ended up as a double-edged sword: on the one hand, it defeated ISIS at a minimum cost in treasure and blood in comparison to the Iraq War, but, on the other hand, it ensnared the USA into a tangled web of competition and conflict with other powers with no easy way-out. In other words, proxy warfare - as the two authors show-case - may prove a not-so-cheap investment in the end.
Wojciech Michnik is assistant professor of international relations and security studies at Jagiellonian University.
Spyridon Plakoudas is assistant professor of homeland security at Rabdan Academy (UAE).
Chapter I: Why the Kurds? Why Syria?
Chapter II: The USA and Proxy Wars: From the Cold War to the Present
Chapter III.: The Obama Administration and Proxy Warfare in Syria
Chapter IV.: The Trump Administration and Proxy Warfare in Syria
Chapter V: The Biden Presidency and the Syrian Kurds: Wither Rojava?
Chapter VI: The USA – YPG/SDF Partnership: An Assessment
About the Authors