Dipali Mukhopadhyay is a senior expert on the Afghanistan peace process for the U.S. Institute of Peace.

She joined USIP after eight years on the faculty at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She also joins the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota as an associate professor in global policy in the fall of 2020. Her research is concerned with the relationships between political violence, state building, and governance during and after war—with a geographical focus on Afghanistan and Syria.

Mukhopadhyay is the author of “Warlords, Strongman Governors and the State in Afghanistan”and the co-author of the forthcoming “Good Rebel Governance: Revolutionary Politics and Western Intervention in Syria.” Mukhopadhyay is vice president of the American Institute of Afghan Studies and was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2016, she was a visiting scholar at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation. 

She earned her doctorate from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and her bachelor’s in political science from Yale University. She held a post-doctoral fellowship at Princeton University.

Publications By Dipali

Afghan Peace Talks: Prisoner Release Paves Way for Direct Negotiations

Afghan Peace Talks: Prisoner Release Paves Way for Direct Negotiations

Thursday, August 13, 2020

By: Dipali Mukhopadhyay; Johnny Walsh; Scott Smith

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday said that his government would release the last batch of Taliban prisoners, ostensibly removing the final hurdle to direct negotiations with the insurgent group. Intra-Afghan negotiations were originally slated for March 10 as part of the U.S.-Taliban deal signed in late February, but were delayed due to disagreements over prisoner releases. The Afghan government and Taliban had committed to releasing 5,000 and 1,000 prisoners respectively, but the final 400 Taliban prisoners had been accused or convicted of major crimes, including murder. Ghani only made the decision to release those prisoners after he called for a consultative assembly, or loya jirga, to advise on the decision. USIP’s Afghanistan experts explain why Ghani convened the loya jirga, what to expect in the early stages of talks, and what role the United States can play.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Peace Processes

Provincial Governors in Afghan Politics

Provincial Governors in Afghan Politics

Friday, January 8, 2016

By: Dipali Mukhopadhyay

The presidency of Hamid Karzai was a significant transition for Afghanistan. This report describes subnational politics—specifically, provincial governorships—over the period in general terms, exploring the gaps between assumptions that drove belief in the possibility of a radically new and improved brand of governance and the realities on the ground. The findings aim to inform a more realistic outlook not only on Afghan politics past and future, but also on subsequent foreign-led interventio...

Type: Special Report

Democracy & Governance

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