Tuesday, 19 September 2017

New publication \ Jihadi-Salafism in Afghanistan—Beyond Taliban, Al-Qaeda and Daesh

Since July 2017, the declared liberation of Mosul, Iraq, and the expected fall of Raqqa, Syria, has brought the debate about the survival of so-called Islamic State (Daesh) to the forefront. BICC policy Brief “Jihadi-Salafism in Afghanistan—Beyond Taliban, Al-Qaeda and Daesh” discusses options for German foreign and development policy.

Photo: Katja Mielke\BICC

The loss of control over territory and people in Iraq and Syria raises the question whether Daesh will dissolve completely or whether it will survive the fall of Mosul and Raqqa. Katja Mielke, author of BICC Policy Brief 6\2017 argues that even if Daesh loses control of Raqqa and Mosul, Jihadi-Salafism will survive as a viable ideology in the Iraqi-Syrian region, but also continue to affect Afghanistan as well as Europe.

The author in particular gives the following recommendations:

\ Urge the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA) to formulate an effective policy on religious institutions and curricula

\ Support debates about the role of religion and ideology in Afghan society

\ Provide support for Afghanistan’s future generations

\ Capture lessons learned to prevent the spread of violent extremism and (co-)radicalization