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Illicit Networks-Zaranj

Wed, Jul 15, 2020

Strategies for reforming Afghanistan’s illicit networks

Authored in-house and advised upon by senior fellows Ambassador James B. Cunningham, Ambassador Omar Samad, Marika Theros, Javid Ahmad, and Fatemeh Aman, this report explores illicit networks in Afghanistan in the context of peacebuilding, democratic consolidation, and enhancing state capacity. It concludes by outlining several specific policy recommendations that will be necessary to combat the illicit networks in a manner that supports the durability of the ongoing peace process in Afghanistan and the continued consolidation of its fragile democratic institutions.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Harris Samad and Fatima Salman

Afghanistan Arms Control

Thu, Jun 18, 2020

Will Ghani’s plan for peace in Afghanistan work?

“What has been done so far is good enough, but what matters now is to address the underlying challenges the process faces ahead," Javid Ahmad says. "This includes the continuing concerns regarding the lack of a meaningful intra-Taliban consensus to negotiate peace, one likely to upset the upcoming process should the Taliban make unreasonable demands to please their hardliners."

New Atlanticist by South Asia Center

Afghanistan Conflict

Thu, Jun 11, 2020

Ahmad in The Hill: The Taliban’s emerging tactical terror alliances

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Security & Defense

Javid Ahmad is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center as well as Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. He is also a nonresident fellow with the Modern War Institute at West Point, where he focuses on pressing security, violent extremism, socioeconomic and peace-related issues in South Asia, mainly Afghanistan and Pakistan. Ambassador Ahmad has worked with U.S. defense contractors, providing analysis and assessments to U.S. government clients on Afghanistan, Pakistan and the region. He has also served as a senior adviser to the Afghan government, focusing on counter-terrorism, anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism.

Previously, he worked on South Asia for the Pentagon’s Afghanistan-Pakistan Hands and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He also worked as a program coordinator for Asia for the German Marshall Fund in Washington, a Washington-based think tank, and the NATO headquarters in Brussels. He has also worked on governance issues for organizations in Kabul. Ahmad’s writing has appeared, inter alia, in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, The Hill, and CNN. He has a BA in international relations from Beloit College and an MA in security studies from Yale University.