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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

Commentary / Asia

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.

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Commentary / Asia

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.