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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ICOS Recommendations for US Policy in Afghanistan (February 2008)

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ICOS releases its latest recommendations to the US government concerning Afghanistan. It urges the United States Government to halt plans for forced poppy crop eradication in Afghanistan, and encourages George Bush to support a Poppy for Medicine initiative, which would see Afghan farmers licensed to grow their poppy for morphine.

NATO’s force size should also be doubled to 80,000 with all caveats removed as soon

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ICOS Recommendations for US Policy in Afghanistan

18 February 2008

US Government urged to halt Afghan poppy eradication program – stabilisation in Afghanistan impossible if failing policy continues

President Bush should initiate Poppy for Medicine projects

US should help form “NATO-Plus” force – Increased focus on Pakistan needed

WASHINGTON DC – ICOS on Monday urged the United States Government to halt plans for forced poppy crop eradication in Afghanistan, citing the drastically deteriorating security situation in the

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Afghanistan – Decision Point 2008 (February 2008)

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2008 is a pivotal year in the development of the Afghan state: the situation has reached a classic decision point. The Taliban are entrenched in the South, running parallel governments in several districts and controlling the majority of secondary roads. The extent of the challenges facing the country was brought into sharp focus by the bombing of the Serena Hotel in Kabul on 14 January.

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Afghanistan – Decision Point 2008

6 February 2008

Taliban entrenched in southern Afghanistan and running parallel governments – Presidential elections impossible if security situation does not dramatically improve

NATO’s political dysfunction means a referral back to UN Security Council is necessary

Afghan people should decide on Poppy for Medicine in referendum

LONDON – With the Taliban entrenched in the south and running parallel governments in several districts, the Afghan state has reached a decision point,

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Manley Panel on Afghanistan: ICOS’s Analysis (January 2008)

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The Manley Panel’s report includes an extensive list of essential policy changes which address the full spectrum of issues facing Canada’s mission in Afghanistan: Canada should stay in Afghanistan until the job is done; more troops are needed from our NATO allies; Poppy for Medicine projects should be implemented as part of a coherent counter-narcotics policy; CIDA should be revamped; and the Kandahar hospital should

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ICOS Analysis of Manley report released

6 February 2008

ICOS Analysis of Manley report released

Manley Panel’s endorsement of Poppy for Medicine should prompt Prime Minister to take leadership on Afghan counter-narcotics policies

Panel recommends Canada should adopt Kandahar Hospital as ‘Signature Project’
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Harper should implement the Manley Panel’s recommendations to provide a much-needed road map for Canada’s future role in Afghanistan, said ICOS in an analysis of The Manley Panel Report

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Afghan Poppy for Medicine projects – An Economic Case Study (November 2007)

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2008 is a pivotal year in the development of the Afghan state: the situation has reached a classic decision point. The Taliban are entrenched in the South, running parallel governments in several districts and controlling the majority of secondary roads. The extent of the challenges facing the country was brought into sharp focus by the bombing of the Serena Hotel in Kabul on 14 January.

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