Interviewed by BBC World News, BBC World ServiceAl Jazeera AmericaNPR, VICE NewsNew York Times, Reuters, ABC Radio, NBCthe Independentthe Times of LondonWall Street Journal, Washington PostIRINFinancial Times, Voice of America, Toronto Star, The Diplomat and others.

Podcasts and Events

Panelist and speaker at events convened by Harvard Universitythe US Institute for Peacethe Overseas Development Institute and elsewhere. Guest on the Foreign Policy Editor’s Roundtable podcast.


The Taliban Just Won a Key Battle for Afghanistan’s Future, Foreign Policy, October 20, 2018.

The Taliban’s Fight for Hearts and Minds, Foreign Policy, September/October 2018. [Pashto]

How to Save the Afghan Elections, Foreign Policy, 25 June 2014.

Post-NATO, Afghans Need Global Support, Global Times, June 2013.

What Have We Learned About Stabilization in Afghanistan?  Not Much, Foreign Policy, May 2013.

For Humanitarian Workers, the Taliban is Key to Access in Afghanistan, Global Observatory, February 2013.

Humanitarian Engagement with the Taliban in Afghanistan, Open Democracy, December 2012.

Quick Fixes Won’t Aid Afghan Civilians, Politico, November 2010.

What Happens Next in Afghanistan? Huffington Post, July 2010.

Too Early for an Afghan Amnesty? Guardian, June 2010.

Ordinary Afghans Long for a Government that Will Keep Its Promises, Independent, 18 November 2009.


Politics over Evidence: Questioning the Link between Service Delivery and Legitimacy, AREU/ODI, August 2018 (with Orzala Nemat).

Life under the Taliban Shadow Government, ODI, June 2018. [Pashto] [Dari]

Transforming Afghanistan? Seeking Coherence between Technical Solutions and Political Processes: Lessons from the Field, February 2017 (with Adam Pain, Danielle Huot and Giulia Minoia). 

Seeing Like the Networked State:  Subnational Governance in Afghanistan, Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium, July 2016.

The Rules of the Games: Towards a Theory a Networks of Access, Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium Policy Brief, June 2016 (with Giulia Minoia).

Politics and Governance in Afghanistan: The Case of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) Working Paper, June 2015.

Politics and Governance in Afghanistan: The Case of Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) Working Paper, June 2014.

"You Don’t Need to Love Us": Civil-Military Relations in Afghanistan, 2002-13, Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, 2(2): 38, August 2013 (with Simone Haysom).

The Search for Common Ground: Civil-Military Relations in Afghanistan, 2002-13, ODI Working Paper, March 2013 (with Simone Haysom).

Taliban Perspectives on Aid and Development Work in Afghanistan, ODI Policy Brief, December 2012 (with Antonio Giustozzi).

Humanitarian Negotiations with the Taliban in Afghanistan, ODI Working Paper, December 2012 (with Antonio Giustozzi).

Afghanistan: Progress and Prospects after 2014, UK Parliament House of Commons, International Development Committee, Sixth Report, September 2012 (lead author and advisor for the Committee).

High Stakes: Girls’ Education in Afghanistan, A Joint Report by 17 Organizations Working in Afghanistan, February 2011.

Nowhere to Turn: The Failure to Protect Civilians in Afghanistan, A Briefing Paper by 29 Organizations Working in Afghanistan, November 2010.

Quick Impact, Quick Collapse: The Dangers of Militarized Aid in Afghanistan, A Joint Paper by 8 Non-Governmental Organizations Working in Afghanistan, January 2010.

The Cost of War: Afghan Experiences of Conflict, 1978-2009, A Joint Paper by 11 NGOs Working in Afghanistan, November 2009.