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.
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
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… More
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… More
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… More
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
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… More
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