Oct 2013 – Dec 2017
The project which will examine the Afghan Taliban – its historical origins and development, its sociological foundations, its ideological orientation, its relationship to other political-military movements in Afghanistan and globally, as well as its ideology, organization and tactics. The Western response to the Taliban will also be looked into. The analysis will not only examine the development of the Taliban in the two decades since it came into existence as a political movement in Afghanistan in the fall of 1994, it will also look at the current shape of the organization, and take a glance ahead to look at how it adapts to the dramatic transformation of the Afghan political scene with the withdrawal of foreign troops in 2014. The output from the project will be a book manuscript.