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A good read to understand Syria’s Autonomous Administration project

In his book, The Practical Projects for Building the Autonomous Administration, the author, Polat Can, gives answers to several questions raised in the mind of those observe the experience of northeast Syria that rapidly developed following the 2011 incidents in Syria.


However, through his book, which is the fruit of a considerable discussion with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Commander-in-Chief, Mazloum Abdi, Can argues that the experience of northeast Syria has not been random.   


In his book, which is capable to explain the dimensions of the Kurdish experience in Syria, Can explains what the reader does not know about the orientations of the Kurdish movement in northeast Syria which saw, during the Syrian uprising for liberation and democracy, a chance for the liberation of the Kurds from the long-term restrictions that they suffered more than the other Syrians.


Perhaps, the book can be an example to assess what the Kurdish leaders thought about in 2011, especially after ten years of the Kurdish experience, where the author tells us how the theories of achieving a democratic governance was applied on the ground and became a reality. The book also shows us the differences between the northeast Syria’s experience and other experiences regarding change and liberation that sparked in Syria following the 2011 uprising.    


Can’s book answers several questions regarding the shape of the Syrian and Kurdish future within the Syrian geography, according to the beliefs of the Syrian Kurdish leaders headed by the SDF Commander-in-Chief, Mazloum Abdi.  


The Practical Projects for Building the Autonomous Administration pays attention to the key secrets of the Kurdish experience in northeast Syria, including discipline and power or “the power of discipline” that has enabled the Kurds to gain the historical chance.


The book elaborates the importance of the connection between power, militarization and armed struggle with the institutional discipline, whereas all the experiences inside and outside Syria has proved that any armed struggle that aims to overthrow the powers without establishing social and ethical institutions, and finding effective solutions, will not gain political victories.  


In his book, Can discusses, in detail, the communes’ project and the small operator communities from which the Autonomous Administration’s institutions have primitively started within an area full of contradictories, since it is rich in human resources, wealth and expertise, while it had witnessed a long-term negligence by the Syrian government in which created unprecedented challenges among its communities, where the Autonomous Administration had to face.   


The book presents the vision that attracted and found the civil society organizations, political committees and local leaderships that contributed in the development of the society.  


The book not only mentions the experience of the Syrian Kurds, but also provides a practical evidence that suggests creative methods to find practical solutions for many social difficulties that could be applied somewhere else in terms of organizing volunteer movements and find and organize movements able to advance the community in cultural and media sectors, in addition to other methods that empower the society to protect itself securely and even during the most dangerous circumstances through the simplest methods reflecting the Autonomous Administration’s experience that has been found amid considerable risks such as Turkey, Assad regime, Islamic State (ISIS) and the local gangs that aim to destroy the experience.  


Polat Can is a Kurdish writer, leader and politician. He was born in 1980. He wrote several literary books and research studies on the Kurdish experience. His works are published in Arabic, Kurdish and English languages.  


Prospects for solution is his latest book which is also based on a dialogue with the SDF Commander-in-Chief, Mazloum Abdi, Criticism of the Eastern Mind, and the literary poetry book My Beating Heart.  




PUKmedia / North Press Agency


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