While so much attention has been paid to the future of the Afghan peace process—and whether intra-Afghan dialogues or U.S.-Taliban talks can restart after collapsing this past September—little focus has been given to the current day-to-day conditions in Taliban controlled areas. Security and logistical challenges have stifled research on the hardest-hit areas of America’s longest war, leaving us with a limited understanding of how the official government and Taliban interact at the local level to shape the daily lives of Afghan citizens.

To address this gap and offer a look into the Taliban’s local policies and governance, USIP is excited to present a new study by Ashley Jackson and Rahmatullah Amiri. Based on previously unreleased Taliban documents and more than a hundred interviews, the report offers rare insights into the Taliban’s decision-making processes and the factors that influence them. 

To mark the launch of this study, USIP is hosting a panel of renowned experts, including the authors of the study, for a rare opportunity to dig deep into the realities of life in Taliban-controlled territories. Please join us for this timely discussion on the findings of this report and its implications for the peace process. Take part in the conversation on Twitter with #AfghanPeace.


Rahmatullah Amiri
Senior Researcher, The Liaison Office  

Ashley Jackson
Research Associate, Overseas Development Institute; Research Associate, King’s College London

Scott Smith
Technical Advisor on Afghanistan, U.S. Institute of Peace 

Johnny Walsh, moderator 
Senior Expert, Afghanistan, U.S. Institute of Peace

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