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What two decades of ODI research can tell us about what happens next in Afghanistan

We offer an insight into what kind of government the Taliban may impose, and what that could mean for Afghans.

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Two decades of research

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How the economic benefits of the conflict are distributed in Afghanistan and the implications for peace

In light of the Taliban’s rapid advance, this research reveals the potential importance of control over cross-border trade to the overall balance of power in the country.
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Centre for the Study of Armed Groups

This initiative aims to enhance understanding of how best to support political, development and humanitarian engagement with armed groups, to reduce violence and end armed conflict.

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Lessons for Peace

Explore the latest research and analysis from this project, which focuses on how donors can support a peaceful post-conflict transition in Afghanistan.

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  1. Taliban narratives on Al Qaeda in Afghanistan

    Working papers

  2. Regulating irregular actors in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria

    Event

  3. Regulating irregular actors: Can due diligence checks mitigate the risks of working with non-state and substate forces?

    Research reports

  4. Taliban attitudes and policies towards education

    Working papers

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

    Briefing/policy papers

  6. Donor interventions in Afghanistan: a Lessons for Peace literature review

    Working papers

  7. Influencing adaptation policy: the role of policy entrepreneurs in securing ownership and climate action in South Asia

    Research reports

  8. Accelerating Sendai Framework implementation in Asia: disaster risk reduction in contexts of violence, conflict and fragility

    Research reports

  9. Life under the Taliban

    Event

  10. Life under the Taliban shadow government

    Research reports

  11. Do we need a new approach to support fragile states?

    Event

  12. Economic development in fragile contexts: learning from success and failure

    Working papers

  13. The paradox of aid: lessons from Afghanistan

    Event

  14. Is inclusive peace and recovery possible after conflict?

    Event

  15. Dilemmas and experiences of international support for inclusive peacebuilding

    Research reports

  16. Aid allocation within countries: does it go to areas left behind?

    Briefing/policy papers

  17. Markets, conflict and recovery: findings from the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium

    Research reports

  18. Service delivery and state capacity: findings from the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium

    Research reports

  19. Service delivery, public perceptions and state legitimacy: findings from the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium

    Research reports

  20. Livelihoods, conflict and recovery: findings from the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium

    Research reports