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Ashley Jackson

Co-Director, Centre for the Study of Armed Groups

  • Politics and Governance
Portrait of Ashley Jackson

Ashley is a Research Associate and Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Armed Groups at ODI. She has over a decade of experience working on the ground in conflicts and crises, and researching armed groups.

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. The search for common ground: civil–military relations in Afghanistan, 2002–13 - Policy Brief

    Briefing/policy papers

  2. What have we learned about stabilization in Afghanistan? Not much.

  3. Sanctuary in the city? Urban displacement and vulnerability in Peshawar, Pakistan

    Research reports

  4. The search for common ground: civil–military relations in Afghanistan, 2002–13

    Research reports

  5. Blurred vision: Why aid money shouldn't be diverted to the military

  6. For humanitarian workers, the Taliban is a key to access in Afghanistan

  7. Talking to the other side: humanitarian engagement with the Taliban in Afghanistan

    Research reports

  8. Talking to the other side: Taliban perspectives on aid and development work in Afghanistan

    Briefing/policy papers

  9. Remembering the humanitarians

  10. Talking to the other side: Humanitarian engagement with armed non-state actors

    Briefing/policy papers

  11. Afghanistan’s long war: the humanitarian consequences of drawdown

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