Andrew Watkins Senior Analyst, Afghanistan Please submit all media inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +32 (0) 2 536 00 71 Crisis Group Role Andrew Watkins is Crisis Group’s Senior Analyst for Afghanistan. He focuses on prospects and challenges for a peace process in the Afghan conflict. He joined the organisation in February 2020. Professional Background Before joining Crisis Group, Andrew worked as a political affairs officer for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and as an independent researcher. Prior to working for the UN, Andrew was a conflict analyst and adviser to the humanitarian community in Afghanistan for several years, and previously served as a liaison with Afghan security forces for the U.S. Department of State. Andrew has a BA from Columbia University and an MA from Harvard University. Areas of Expertise Insurgency and terrorism Security sector reform Humanitarian access and engagement in conflict Languages English Spanish Dari In The News 8 Dec 2020 If the Taliban want to become a legitimate power in an Afghan state, then they’re going to need to show the world that they take global counterterrorism concerns seriously. The Washington Post Andrew Watkins Senior Analyst, Afghanistan 11 Sep 2020 Posturing from the Taliban... suggests they perceive their current position to be one of great strength. Yahoo News Australia Andrew Watkins Senior Analyst, Afghanistan 3 Aug 2020 In order to establish greater trust during intra-Afghan negotiations, both sides should quickly discuss practical measures that can be taken to combat the violence of spoiler groups. Voice of America Andrew Watkins Senior Analyst, Afghanistan 21 Mar 2020 Attacks like [in Qalat] were precisely why the US has attempted to fast-track intra-Afghan talks: the faster both sides reach the table, the faster conditions can be laid for lasting reductions in violence. The National Andrew Watkins Senior Analyst, Afghanistan 9 Mar 2020 Not only will this almost certainly delay the intra-Afghan talks, but complications are very likely to follow from this political standoff [between Ghani and Abdullah]. Al Jazeera Andrew Watkins Senior Analyst, Afghanistan 4 Mar 2020 [The U.S. air strike against the Taliban] is significant. I don’t think it signals the collapse of the whole U.S.-Taliban agreement...[but] you can easily see how things could spiral. Reuters Andrew Watkins Senior Analyst, Afghanistan Latest Updates Q&A / Asia 11 September 2020 Intra-Afghan Negotiations Set to Begin After months of delay, the Afghan government and the Taliban are finally set to commence peace talks in the Qatari capital. In this Q&A, Crisis Group expert Andrew Watkins explains what to expect as the discussions proceed. Q&A / Asia 20 May 2020 Afghan Leaders End Political Impasse On 17 May, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his chief political rival Abdullah Abdullah signed a power-sharing agreement intended to resolve a dispute over last September’s election. In this Q&A, Crisis Group expert Andrew Watkins examines the deal and its portent for stalled peace talks. Commentary / The Covid-19 Pandemic and Deadly Conflict 6 May 2020 COVID-19 in Afghanistan: Compounding Crises COVID-19 appears on course to sweep through Afghanistan, yet the public health crisis may pale compared to resultant severe food insecurity. Engaged actors should press for initiation of Afghan peace talks, recognise the potential scope of food shortages and commit to unhindered flow of aid. Q&A / Asia 21 February 2020 U.S. and Taliban Announce Agreement on Afghanistan On 21 February, U.S. and Taliban representatives announced a deal paving the way for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and talks among Afghan parties to the conflict. In this Q&A, Crisis Group expert Andrew Watkins explains what the agreement entails and what comes next.