Dr. Spyridon Plakoudas is an Assistant Professor in Strategy at the American University in the Emirates. His research interests and publications center on Insurgency / Counter-insurgency and the Kurdish Question. His latest publications include: “The Syrian Kurds and the PYD: The Outsider in the Syrian War”, Mediterranean Quarterly, Vol. 28, No. 1 (2017), pp. 99-116 and "The New PKK: Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency in Turkey" (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2017).