BICC publication Who is IS in Afghanistan?
As part of a 10-month field research project, BICC Senior Researcher Katja Mielke and Nick Miszak (TLO) studied the so-called Islamic State (IS or Daesh) in Afghanistan. BICC-Working Paper 62017 “Making sense of Daesh in Afghanistan: A social movement perspective” focuses on the relations and interaction between different actors in the Afghan–Pakistani region and their translocal networks.
The authors analyse the so-called Islamic State (IS or Daesh) in Afghanistan as a phenomenon that manifests itself differently in the various regions of the country and is embedded in a long-term transformation of the religious, cultural and political landscape in the border area of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The BICC Working Paper 62017 “Making sense of Daesh in Afghanistan“ is based on ten months of field research in the four regions, the east, west, north-east and north of Afghanistan. It sheds light on the different kinds of resource mobilisation and protracted conflicts and shows their merging in the phenomenon called Daesh in Afghanistan.
You will find the full text of “Making sense of Daesh in Afghanistan” at
Beyond that, BICC Policy Brief 62017 “Jihadi-Salafism in Afghanistan— Beyond Taliban, Al-Qaeda and Daesh” offers a short analysis with policy recommendations. Download at www.bicc.de/uploads/tx_bicctools/pb_6_17_daesh_web.pdf
The co-author of the publications, Dr Katja Mielke, will participate in an online discussion on the situation in Afghanistan on 21 September 2021, 6–7:30 pm (in German language). The discussion in the framework of the Bonn UN Peace Days is organised by BICC, Deutsche Gesellschaft für die Vereinten Nationen Landesverband NRW (DGVN NRW e.V.) Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and Plattform Zivile Konfliktbearbeitung. Please register by 12 September 2021 via this website: www.fes.de/lnk/47s