The Rojava Centre for Strategic Studies (NRLS) hosted the three-day International Forum on ISIS (Da’esh) which focused on security, social, economic, and legal issues currently facing the region as a result of the five-year war. International intellectuals, academics, and political experts from 15 different nations travelled to the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) to participate and hear from local military, civil society, and administration officials. This is the second forum the NRLS has held, the first of which focused on the on-going ethnic cleansing in Afrin after it fell to Turkish backed militant groups in March 2018 during Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch.

  1. Press Kit International Forum On ISIS
    6 July 2019/Rojava Information Centre
    Today the International Forum on ISIS began, bringing together 200 participants – approximately 30 from Europe and North America, 75 from other countries in the Middle East, and the rest from the civil society, military and administration of North East Syria – to explore challenges and solutions for bringing ISIS to justice and restoring stability to the region and globally.
  2. ISIS victims call for justice during international forum in Syria
    7 July 2019/Kurdistan 24
    Victims of the so-called Islamic State from different backgrounds who survived attacks and massacres at the hands of the terror group called for justice during an international forum on Saturday in the Kurdish town of Amude in northern Syria.


  1. If the world really wants to defeat ISIS, it needs to listen to North East Syria
    6 July 2019/The Defense Post
    Islamic State presented a danger to the whole world, and North East Syria in particular. As such, it is fitting that their territorial defeat was carried out by the Syrian Democratic Forces, in partnership with the Global Coalition.
    Yet despite its military defeat, ISIS remains a grave threat. Their occupation in Syria continued for over five years, in which time they imposed their violent way of thinking on society and won open and clandestine support from sections of the international community.

  1. PERSPECTIVE: With International Help, SDF Can Lead in Prepping ISIS Fighters for Prosecution, Rehabilitation
    9 July/Homeland Security
    The International Centre for the Study of Violent Extremism  were invited experts speaking at the “International Forum on ISIS: Dimensions, Challenges, and Strategies for Confrontation” in Rojava,
    Syria, and gave the following presentation about their recommended next steps for the Syrian Democratic Forces in addressing the thousands of ISIS detainees currently held in their prisons and camps.


5. Final Declaration of the International Forum on ISIS
9 July 2019/ANF English
The International Forum On ISIS: Dimensions, challenges, and confrontation strategies, closed in Amude on Monday night. Three days of debates, discussions, testimonies and proposals, which brought together hundreds of people from all over the world. The Rojava Center for Strategic Studies (NRLS) invited more than 200 people, including politicians, researchers and representatives of civil society institutions from multiple countries.


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Patrons: John Austin, Christine Blower, NEU International Secretary, Prof Bill Bowring, Julie Christie, Noam Chomsky, Dr Cynthia Cockburn, Jeremy Corbyn MP,  Prof Mary Davis, Lord Dholakia, Simon Dubbins, UNITE International Director,  Jill Evans MEP, Lindsey German, Convenor STWC, Melanie Gingell, Rahila Gupta, Nick Hildyard, Dafydd Iwan, Former President Plaid Cymru, James Kelman, Bruce Kent, Jean Lambert MEP, Elfyn Llwyd, Aonghas MacNeacail, Scottish Gaelic poet, Mike Mansfield QC, Doug Nicholls, General Secretary, GFTU, Dr. Jessica Ayesha Northey, Sinn Fein MLA Conor Murphy, Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley, Kate Osamor MP, Margaret Owen OBE, Gareth Peirce, Dr Felix Padel, Maxine Peake, Lord Rea, Joe Ryan, Stephen Smellie, Steve Sweeney, Dr Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Dr Tom Wakeford, Dr Derek Wall, Julie Ward MEP, Hywel Williams MP.