Andrew Watkins is a senior expert on Afghanistan for the U.S. Institute of Peace.
Watkins joined USIP after serving as the senior analyst on Afghanistan for the International Crisis Group, where he researched and published in-depth reports and analytical commentary on the country’s conflict and efforts to resolve it peacefully. He has also worked in Afghanistan for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, as an independent researcher and advisor to humanitarian organizations based across the country, and as a liaison with Afghan security forces for several years.
Watkins' research focuses on insurgency in Afghanistan, regional engagement in the Afghanistan conflict, and challenges and opportunities for humanitarian access. He has a master’s from Harvard University and a bachelor’s from Columbia University.
In addition to his Crisis Group reporting, Watkins has published a series of policy papers on the regional dynamics of the Afghan peace process with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and a USIP Peaceworks report on the phenomenon of cohesion and fragmentation within the Afghan Taliban.