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Research and Reports

Our work contributes to many academic papers and publications and is referred to in the news and by media outlets. Here is a selection of those reports.


Changing the Rules of the Game

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This research casts light on how centralising power and cutting corruption is swelling the Taliban’s finances and, potentially, their power.

By taking a close look at changes in trade flows and management of Afghanistan’s seven largest border crossing points after the Taliban takeover, this report shows how these changes have upended Afghanistan’s political settlement and changed relationships with the country’s neighbours.

"This is, by far, the best research and overview of border management issues I have seen in a decade of working on Afghanistan, and on the Tajik border before that. The border crossings have always been known to be pivotal and many tried to commission research into it. But a product as insightful as this never materialised. This is outstanding work." 


Ben Acheson, former Director of the Office of the NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan.

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