Borhan Osman Senior Consultant, Afghanistan Crisis Group Role As Crisis Group’s Senior Consultant for Afghanistan, Borhan Osman engages with state and non-state actors on issues related to the Afghan peace process. Professional Background His current role follows two years of work as Crisis Group’s Senior Analyst for Afghanistan. He has worked for the Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) as a researcher and analyst. His previous roles include work for national and international media in Afghanistan, including the BBC. His research has involved fieldwork across Afghanistan and Pakistan, and his findings have been published by The New York Times, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), and New York University’s Center for International Cooperation. He holds a Master’s degree from the Freie Universität Berlin on Islamic intellectual history. Areas of Expertise South Asia Peace and reconciliation Facilitation, mediation, dialogue Islamic movements and ideologies Militant networks and jihadism Languages Pashto (native) Dari (native) English (fluent) Arabic (fluent) Turkish Urdu (intermediate) French (basic) In The News 1 Aug 2018 Attacking lightly defended targets has been part of [the Islamic State's] modus operandi from the outset. AFP Borhan Osman Senior Consultant, Afghanistan 11 Jun 2018 This mutual [Afghan] ceasefire, if successful, can possibly inspire or encourage future, more substantial steps towards peacemaking. Fighting has been the integral feature that has characterized the Taliban since the movement was born. A break from it, although very brief, represents an important departure from its modus operandi. AFP Borhan Osman Senior Consultant, Afghanistan 8 Feb 2018 The U.S. and Afghan governments are unleashing more violence based on the same rationale that it would tilt this stalemate to favor their conditions at the table. Reuters Borhan Osman Senior Consultant, Afghanistan 30 Jan 2018 Increasing pressure on [Kabul's] battlefield may lead [the Taliban and IS] to hit back in an area where they can publicly disprove the rhetoric of the U.S. military or Afghan government. AFP Borhan Osman Senior Consultant, Afghanistan 30 Jan 2018 [High-profile Taliban attacks in Kabul are] an attempt to disprove statements by U.S. and Afghan officials that the Taliban are weakened. NBC Borhan Osman Senior Consultant, Afghanistan 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 Consultant, Afghanistan Latest Updates Op-Ed / Asia 19 March 2018 The U.S. Needs to Talk to the Taliban in Afghanistan Originally published in The New York Times Commentary / Asia 7 February 2018 The Cost of Escalating Violence in Afghanistan Taliban attacks in Kabul in late January 2018 are part of an escalation in violence in Afghanistan, where the civilian population is bearing the brunt of a particularly intense winter of fighting. Also available in 简体中文 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.