Ninety-six (96) local, regional, and international organizations and entities (prime actors) were identified by their peers as influential in the life of Syria. In the chart below, the left column ranks the prime actors from most influential in shaping the life in Syria (Russia) to the least influential (Relief International).
The chart also shows the classification of prime actors into five stances indicating the actor's support and contribution to inclusive nationalism for Syria, starting from the most committed (Core) to the least committed (Saboteur).
Amount of influence of the Kurds in the life of Syria, and their commitment to inclusive nationalism for Syria.
25 prime actors participated in the following:
- Determining the rank of the Kurds according to the amount of their influence on life in Syria. As shown in the chart below, the Kurds ranked 18th most influential prime actor.
- Assessing and classifying the Kurds according to their commitment to inclusive nationalism for Syria (also indicated in the same row by the colored rectangle). Of the 25 prime actors who participated in the assessments, more agreed that the Kurds fall under the category of 'Follower'. A prime actor assessed as Follower is seen as willing to build a sovereign, stable, inclusive, and developing Syria, but only when it serves its own interests.
In response to the question, “How are the Kurds important in the life of Syria?”
Round 3 participants stated (Nov. 2016 - Jul. 2017):
"They are trying to get an independent country.” (231211)
"They are as important as Jordan (not very, except for the number of refugees they host).” (238631)
Round 2 participants stated (Aug. 2016 - Oct. 2017):
“The Kurds are one important component of the Syrian population. They cover a large region across Syria. They have a long-term history in Syria. They are an open community. They have never been radical.” (221641)
“The Kurds are a component of Syria. They have some legitimate demands, and some not legitimate. They ask for rights, but also autonomy and independence. We should all be one united country. They receive a lot of military support from the United States. They are strong in their region of the north.” (223911)
“They are a power. They have their own army.” (221211)
“They will be important to the future of Syria.” (221641)
“They are trying to get an independent country.” (221211)