Borhan Osman Senior Analyst, Afghanistan Please submit all media inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +32 (0) 2 536 00 71 Crisis Group Role Borhan Osman is Crisis Group’s Senior Analyst for Afghanistan. He is a leading expert on the militant networks operating in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region and has researched the Afghan conflict since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. Borhan has written extensively about the Taliban insurgency and militant groups in Afghanistan, including Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K). Areas of Expertise Afghan conflict Anti-state militant networks Peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan Religious extremism and radicalisation Jihadism and Salafism Professional Background Before joining Crisis Group, Borhan worked as a researcher/analyst for over five years at the Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN). Before that, he worked with different national and international media organisations in Kabul. His research and reporting has mostly been based on fieldwork across Afghanistan. He holds an MA degree from the Freie Universität of Berlin on Islamic intellectual history. Languages Pashto (native) Dari (native) English (fluent) Arabic (fluent) Turkish (intermediate) Urdu (basic) French (basic) In The News 16 Jan 2018 U.S. strategy [in Afghanistan] is so military-centric. Even 100,000 troops couldn’t finish the Taliban, and ever since those days, they have been zealously confident. The Washington Post Borhan Osman Senior Analyst, Afghanistan 10 Jan 2018 It should not come as a surprise that some of the [Afghan] youth inculcated in the ideology of jihadism embrace the next version of jihadism, the most violent one. AFP Borhan Osman Senior Analyst, Afghanistan 28 Dec 2017 Most of those blowing themselves up [in Kabul] are the young Salafis who are indoctrinated into jihadism and find in Islamic State a cool political ideology seeking to dominate the world. The New York Times Borhan Osman Senior Analyst, Afghanistan 28 Dec 2017 [The Islamic State Khorasan Province's] 7th suicide bombing in [Kabul] since 20 October, killing 130 people in total, [makes] ISKP a larger threat in Kabul than Taliban for this period. The Guardian Borhan Osman Senior Analyst, Afghanistan 23 Dec 2017 [The bombing of Afghanistan's drug labs] will solve neither the country’s Taliban insurgency nor its drugs problem. The Washington Post Borhan Osman Senior Analyst, Afghanistan 4 Dec 2017 What distinguishes [the Taliban 'Special Forces Unit'] from other fighting units is its intensive and longer training, the degree of vetting, its tactics, weapons and equipment, and structure. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Borhan Osman Senior Analyst, Afghanistan Latest Updates Commentary / Asia 11 December 2017 U.S. Bombing of Afghan Drug Labs Won't Crush the Taliban U.S. aerial bombing of drug laboratories in Afghanistan will solve neither the country’s Taliban insurgency nor its drugs problem.