The past year saw a decrease in the overall deaths from terrorism despite new countries experiencing attacks. It saw ISIS lose its territory while far-right terrorism rose substantially—particularly in Europe. Detailed analysis on how terrorism is changing continues to be invaluable for policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and citizens. The seventh annual edition of the Global Terrorism Index provides these vital insights, which allow the counterterrorism community to adapt its strategies to reflect current realities in preventing terrorism and promoting peace.
While so much attention has been paid to the future of the Afghan peace process—and whether intra-Afghan dialogues or U.S.-Taliban talks can restart after collapsing this past September—little focus has been given to the current day-to-day conditions in Taliban controlled areas. Security and logistical challenges have stifled research on the hardest-hit areas of America’s longest war, leaving us with a limited understanding of how the official government and Taliban interact at the local level to shape the daily lives of Afghan citizens.
To address this gap and offer a look into the Taliban’s local policies and governance, USIP is excited to present a new study by Ashley Jackson and Rahmatullah Amiri. Based on previously unreleased Taliban documents and more than a hundred interviews, the report offers rare insights into the Taliban’s decision-making processes and the factors that influence them.
USIP hosted The Asia Foundation for the launch of their 15th Survey of the Afghan People. First commissioned in 2004, the annual survey provides an unmatched barometer of Afghan public opinion over time and serves as a unique resource for policymakers, the international community, the Afghan government, and the broader public in Afghanistan.