Written by admin on Sunday, December 31st, 2017

Written by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten







At least since September 11, 2001 the Afghan Taliban, Al Qaeda and religiously based terrorist activities in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India have gained the international limelight. Well before 9/11, however, a number of other regional developments have thoroughly rocked the Southern Asian region. Their impact has long been felt worldwide. To this day, a coalition of international troops is battling the Taliban in Afghanistan, but now also Islamic State, a relative newcomer on the South Asian stage. In Pakistan, several full-scale army operations have been launched against the Pakistani Taliban.

These deep-cutting, often dramatic events have resulted in a huge turn-out in government policy papers, institutional research reports, international conferences and what have you. In our times, these countries have seldom been given closer international scrutiny. Unfortunately, reading and analysing it all, next to ‘digesting’ other relevant publications, is practically impossible.

As a public service, but also in an attempt to create a helpful broad overview and to provide some sort of scientific data base, every year we put together a list of as many research reports as we have been and are able to trace. We have experienced that regular institutional libraries (universities, ministries, research institutes, think tanks) are usually not able to provide all the source materials one is searching for. All titles mentioned below are in our possession, either on paper or digital.

Of course, there are some limitations here as well. Since an overwhelming majority of all reports worldwide have been written in English, we only enlist works in that language. This is certainly not to say that reports written in other languages are qualitatively inferior; it merely indicates that they are often less accessible and known. Another limitation here is the date of publication; we focus on relatively recent materials, published since 1995. Thirdly, making them all available on-line would require a major administrative operation, no doubt including a lot of haggling about rights and rules. Therefore, we merely provide all titles and authors if mentioned, origin, date, and place of publication.

We have sorted all materials chronologically, starting in December, 2017.

If you are an author, researcher or a journalist searching for reliable source material on specific developments in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the region since the 1995, feel free to search our database. Of course you can always contact us, as well, by e-mail.

Olivier Immig, Jan van Heugten

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