Conflict and Post Conflict

ICOS works in conflict and post-conflict zones using Cultural Analysis research to examine the perceptions of local people with regards to their own situation or their attitudes towards the political/security landscape in their country. The unique insight provided by this work is used to gain a true understanding of the reality on the ground and to develop realistic and sustainable policy recommendations.

ICOS has been conducting Cultural Analysis research in Afghanistan since 2005, resulting in the publication of over 35 reports on the situation in the country. Much of the research has focused on military-aged males to determine their susceptibility to supporting or joining insurgent groups and provide a longitudinal assessment to evaluate the effects of international military operations. ICOS has also conducted field research on local perceptions of the war in Iraq, and research to assess the impact of the war on terror in fuelling support for insurgent groups in Somalia.


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Despite challenges, Afghans Engaged in Elections and Democracy, According to ICOS Research

24 March 2009

Despite challenges, Afghans Engaged in Elections and Democracy, According to ICOS Research

Security Situation in Afghanistan Threatens to Make Elections a Magnet for Taliban Attacks, Expanding their Footprint and Psychological Control

ICOS Calls on US and International Community to Resist Manipulating Election Dynamics
LONDON – Research undertaken by ICOS in southern Afghanistan and Kabul throughout 2008 and into 2009 indicates a real engagement by Afghans in the

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Struggle For Kabul: The Taliban Advance (December 2008)

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The Taliban now holds a permanent presence in 72% of Afghanistan, up from 54% a year ago. Taliban forces have advanced from their southern heartlands, where they are now the de facto governing power in a number of towns and villages, to Afghanistan’s western and north-western provinces, as well as provinces north of Kabul. Within a year, the Taliban’s permanent presence in

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Taliban now holds a permanent presence in 72% of Afghanistan; Up from 54% a year ago, according to new report

8 December 2008

Taliban now holds a permanent presence in 72% of Afghanistan; Up from 54% a year ago, according to new report by The International Council on Security and Development (ICOS)

Taliban is closing a noose around Kabul: Three out of four main highways into the capital city now compromised by Taliban

ICOS calls for new Security Architecture in Afghanistan

LONDON – The Taliban now holds a permanent presence

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Chronic Failures in the War on Terror – From Afghanistan to Somalia (April 2008)

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In order to adorn the twilight of his presidency with a success story in his self-proclaimed ‘War on Terror’, President Bush should implement a high-intensity, Fast Track policy for Somalia and Somaliland that pushes the former towards stability and rewards the latter for its significant achievements over the past decade. Fast tracking Somaliland recognition will send a shock wave to Somalia, and send

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Chronic failures of US-led “war on terror” bolstering Somali and Afghan extremists

23 April 2008

Chronic failures of US-led “war on terror” bolstering Somali and Afghan extremists

President Bush must implement a Fast Track ‘Surge for Peace’ to bring stability to Somalia

Recognition of Somaliland a political necessity in fight against extremism
LONDON – The current US-led War on Terror approach is creating a political space in which extremists such as Al-Shabab in Somalia and the Taliban in Afghanistan have become legitimate

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Afghan and Somali Views on the United States Presidential Elections 2008 (April 2008)

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With both Afghanistan and Somalia strongly affected by US policy, the results of this year’s US Presidential elections are critical for both countries. Currently, three candidates remain in contention to succeed President Bush in the White House: Democratic rivals Senator Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton, and Republican Senator John McCain.

In March-April 2008, a series of interviews were carried out in Afghanistan and Somalia

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Afghans want Senator Obama for US President

17 April 2008

Afghans want Senator Obama for US President

Somalis support Senator Clinton as a peace partner

Peace an overriding concern amongst both Afghans and Somalis

Afghans and Somalis ask next US President to work for reconciliation with Muslims
LONDON – The people of Afghanistan would like to see US Presidential Candidate Barack Obama take over at the White House, while Somalis would prefer to work with Democratic rival

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