Wednesday, October, 20, 2010

Afghanistan & Pakistan Insurgency: From Public Perceptions to Insurgent’s Grievances and Motivations


Afghanistan & Pakistan Insurgency: From Public Perceptions

to Insurgent’s Grievances and Motivations


This event will bring together a distinguished panel of current USIP grantees to discuss motivations and grievances of the insurgents in Afghanistan and in Pakistan, feasibility and challenges of negotiations with Afghan insurgents, and the perceptions of Pakistani youth about the future of their country.

USIP is currently funding a project with the New America Foundation to generate a “Grievance Matrix” that maps the stakeholders and their interests and grievances in the insurgency affected areas of Afghanistan and along the border in Pakistan. The Brookings Institution is working on a USIP grant-funded project to assess how Pakistan’s younger generation sees the country’s possible future(s) beyond the medium term and its implications for policymakers.  Matt Waldman, in conjunction with the Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN), has produced a USIP Special Report, “Dangerous Liaisons? An Assessment of the Feasibility and Risks of Negotiations with the Afghan Taliban” (forthcoming). The report assesses the feasibility, risks and implications of negotiations in addition to addressing insurgent motivations.

Copies of Mr. Matt Waldman’s report, along with several other pertinent USIP publications, will be available at the event.


  • Peter Bergen
    Co-Director of the Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative

    New America Foundation

  • Matt Waldman
    Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights
    Kennedy School of Government

    Harvard University

  • Rebecca Winthrop
    Director of the Center for Universal Education

    The Brookings Institution

  • Mooed Yusuf, Moderator
    South Asia Advisor

    United States Institute of Peace

  • Senior Program Officer
    Grant Program

    United States Institute of Peace

Start Date:

October 20, 2010 – 10:00am

End Date:

October 20, 2010 – 12:00pm


United States Institute of Peace

2nd Floor Conference Room

1200 17th St, NW

Washington, D.C. 20036


If you have any questions about this event please contact Hodei Sultan at hsultan@usip.org


Journalists should contact Lauren Sucher in the Office of Public Affairs and Communications.


Public Event