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Ashley Jackson

Co-Director, Centre for the Study of Armed Groups

Politics and Governance

Portrait of Ashley Jackson

Ashley has conducted extensive research on and with the Taliban and civilians living under their control in Afghanistan. She has also conducted on the ground research and dialogue with armed groups in an array of other contexts, from Central African Republic to Iraq. She has done extensive work advising governments, multilateral organisations, and humanitarian and development actors on engagement with armed groups. Her research on armed groups began as a Research Fellow with the Humanitarian Policy Group at ODI, where she led a multi-year project on humanitarian dialogue with armed groups in Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, and South Sudan.

Prior to this, Ashley spent several years as aid worker with the UN, Oxfam and the Red Cross in south and southeast Asia. Ashley frequently writes for Foreign Policy and was named a Foreign Policy Interrupted Fellow. Her analysis has been quoted in various media outlets, including the Economist, Al Jazeera, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and others. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, MSc in Gender and Development from the London School of Economics, and PhD from King’s College London.

  1. Taliban narratives on Al Qaeda in Afghanistan

    Working papers

  2. Taliban attitudes and policies towards education

    Working papers

  3. Inviting non-state armed groups to the table: inclusive strategies towards a more fit for purpose international humanitarian law

    Briefing/policy papers

  4. Armed groups responses to the Covid-19 crisis

    Event

  5. New pandemic, same old problems: introducing the Centre for the Study of Armed Groups

  6. Rebel rule of law: Taliban courts in the west and north-west of Afghanistan

    Briefing/policy papers

  7. As Afghanistan moves towards peace, international donors must learn from past mistakes

  8. Life under the Taliban

    Event

  9. Life under the Taliban shadow government

    Research reports

  10. The paradox of aid: lessons from Afghanistan

    Event

  11. Afghanistan on the brink

    Event

  12. Negotiating perceptions: Al-Shabaab and Taliban views of aid agencies

    Briefing/policy papers

  13. Politics and governance in Afghanistan: the case of Nangarhar province

    Working papers

  14. From the Spanish civil war to Afghanistan: Historical and contemporary reflections on humanitarian engagement with non-state armed groups

    Research reports

  15. Protecting civilians: the gap between norms and practice

    Research reports

  16. Humanitarian negotiations with armed non-state actors: key lessons from Afghanistan, Sudan and Somalia

    Briefing/policy papers

  17. A deadly dilemma: how Al-Shabaab came to dictate the terms of humanitarian aid in Somalia

  18. Al-Shabaab engagement with aid agencies

    Briefing/policy papers

  19. Talking to the other side: Humanitarian negotiations with Al-Shabaab in Somalia

    Research reports

  20. Talking to the 'other side': Humanitarian negotiations in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, Sudan

    Research reports

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