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Better US ties are a short-term boost for Syrian Kurds

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Significance

The Kurdish administration is seeking to maximise benefits from much-improved relations with US President Joe Biden, compared with his predecessor. However, economic pressures are also rising.

Impacts

  • The SDF will be excluded from official Syria peace talks, but these are in any case unlikely to make progress.
  • The AANES will focus on service provision as a means to placate discontented Arab tribal populations.
  • Washington could step up financial assistance to help stabilise the situation in the northeast.
  • Economic problems will boost emigration, to Iraqi Kurdistan or ultimately to Europe.
  • Biden will try to keep the ongoing troop presence in Syria low-key in a domestic context.

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