Adam Baczko is a Phd candidate in Political Science at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS, Paris). His research focuses on the exercise of justice by armed groups and its political implications, with a particular focus on Afghanistan. He has carried out fieldwork in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq and Syria. Gilles Dorronsoro is Professor of Political Science at Pantheon Sorbonne University and Senior fellow at the Institut Universitaire de France. He has researched civil wars throughout his career, making significant contributions through his books on Afghanistan, Turkey and Syria. Amongst his publication, Revolution unending. Afghanistan, 1979 to the Present, Columbia University Press, 2005 Arthur Quesnay is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the Pantheon-Sorbonne University. His research centres on the political dynamics of the sectarian conflicts in Iraq where he conducted extensive fieldwork since 2009. In a comparative perspective, he also carried out fieldwork in Libya (2011-2012) and Syria (2012-2016) with insurgent groups.
'Civil War in Syria is one of the very few fieldwork-based studies produced by Western academics on the topic. It provides unique insight into the Syrian war, including fascinating analyses of early revolutionary institutions that were subsequently destroyed by the combined efforts of loyalist forces and Jihadi groups. A genuinely scholarly endeavour, it also presents provocative theoretical arguments that will considerably enrich the growing field of comparative research on civil wars.' Thomas Pierret, University of Edinburgh 'This book skillfully draws on a large number of interviews, many of them conducted inside Syria, to paint a rich and fascinating picture of life and political authority in rebel-held Syria. It documents attempt to construct some element of governance in rebel areas of Syria and the uneven struggle between militant jihadist groups with access to funding and weapons (especially Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS) and less well-supported groups ... an interesting and revealing study.' David Keen, London School of Economics and Political Science