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Feasibility of Potential Programmes to Increase Peace and Reduce conflict in Afghanistan

Founder(s): British Council
Status: In Progress

This is a field research that will produce a report on the “Feasibility of Potential Programmes to Increase Peace and Reduce conflict in Afghanistan.” The main concern of this research is to study the recruitment of young people youth on university campuses in Afghanistan. Preliminary reports illustrate that radical groups are active in higher education venues. Universities, which demonstrate more prominent presence of extremist groups, tend to be historically highly politicised regions of the country. Although universities may not directly preach extremisms, they provide a venue where political discussions take place and student groups are formed along political and ideological lines. At times these differences in ideologies and political views have led to violent clashes between students. This research will explore if radicalising groups are more active in certain departments rather than others, or whether some forms of education (for example engineering or medicine, are more likely to be recruited than others).


Publications from this research project:

Radical and Active: Radicalisation among University Students in Kabul and Herat

Despite efforts to address extremism, various violent radical groups in Afghanistan appear to have no issue accessing a pool of sympathizers and potential recruits, given that radical ideologies and views are widespread among different strata of the society. There are Read More