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Ibraheem Bahiss

Analyst, Afghanistan

Crisis Group Role

Ibraheem Bahiss is an analyst with Crisis Group’s Asia Program. He assesses peace and conflict developments in Afghanistan through open-source research, interviews, trend analysis, and program documentation. His reporting synthesises field-based insights with qualitative analysis.

Professional Background

Ibraheem Bahiss has an interest in armed groups and Islamist politics across South Asia and the Middle East. He holds bachelor’s degrees in law and political science along with a master’s degree in law from the University of Waikato. Ibraheem’s work has been published by various international media and research organisations.

Languages

  • English (proficient)
  • Arabic (proficient)
  • Pashto (native)
  • Dari (fluent)
  • Urdu (fluent)

Areas of Expertise

  • Armed groups
  • Security and governance
  • Peace processes
  • Afghanistan

In The News

5 May 2022
Clerics [in Afghanistan] are coming out and issuing statements and saying girls' education is a right. NPR

Ibraheem Bahiss

Analyst, Afghanistan
26 Apr 2022
For now, the Taliban [in Afghanistan] are completely opposed to having an election-based Emirate. The Diplomat

Ibraheem Bahiss

Analyst, Afghanistan
3 Mar 2022
When it comes to military and policing tactics, the Taliban has been observing and learning from their erstwhile enemy over the past 20 years. Now they are imitating many of those tactics to consolidate control. The New York Times

Ibraheem Bahiss

Analyst, Afghanistan
30 Jan 2022
Rather than punishing the Afghan people and making life difficult for them, we can restructure the sanctions regime so it targets the Taliban. ABC News

Ibraheem Bahiss

Analyst, Afghanistan
16 Jul 2021
My sense is that the Taliban [in Afghanistan] still prefer a political path, albeit one that for all purposes would be a capitulation. AFP

Ibraheem Bahiss

Analyst, Afghanistan

Latest Updates

Podcast / Asia

Taliban Rule in Afghanistan

This week on Hold Your Fire! Richard Atwood and Naz Modirzadeh talk to Afghanistan experts Graeme Smith and Ibraheem Bahiss — both back from a recent visit to Kabul — about life under Taliban rule, the Taliban government’s recent decision to keep girls’ secondary schools closed and Afghanistan’s relations with the outside world.

Q&A / Asia

Afghanistan’s Taliban Expand Their Interim Government

The Taliban have made additional appointments to their cabinet. In this Q&A, Crisis Group expert Ibraheem Bahiss discusses what the moves may mean for Afghan politics and international reactions to the new government.

Q&A / Asia

Who Will Run the Taliban Government?

The Taliban have named a slate of officials to head an interim government in Afghanistan. In this Q&A, Crisis Group experts Ibraheem Bahiss and Graeme Smith review the roster and assess its implications for the country’s near-term future.

Podcast / Asia

Afghanistan: the Islamic State, still no Taliban government and a looming humanitarian catastrophe

In this episode of Hold Your Fire!, Richard Atwood and Naz Modirzadeh talk with Afghanistan experts Ibraheem Bahiss and Graeme Smith about the Taliban’s relationship to transnational militancy, including its efforts to fight the Islamic State’s local chapter and its ties to al-Qaeda. They also discuss why the Taliban are taking so long to form a government, the growing humanitarian crisis and how the region and West have responded so far.

Podcast / Asia

What Will the Taliban Do Next?

In this special episode of Hold Your Fire!, Richard Atwood talks to Crisis Group expert Ibraheem Bahiss about the Taliban’s capture and policing of Kabul, the big decisions facing the former insurgents now they control Afghanistan, and priorities for Western and regional governments.