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My name is Tim Foxley and thanks for checking out the blog.Tim, fresh into Kabul

I am British (a Londoner) by origin, but now living in Sweden.  I have been studying Afghanistan since 12th September 2001.  Roughly half of this time has been at the UK Ministry of Defence as a senior analyst, where I received the MBE in 2005 for my Afghan work.  The other half has been at the internationally acclaimed Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.  I have undertaken several visits and field trips to Afghanistan since 2002, as well as two operational tours for the UK MOD as a political/military analyst in the ISAF headquarters in Kabul (2006 and 2011).  In 2009, the UK Foreign Office employed me to work for six months in the Swedish Foreign Ministry as an advisor on Afghanistan.  At SIPRI I produced several papers analysing the Taliban’s use of propaganda and the media.

I am now an independent analyst and researcher, based in Sweden and still focusing on Afghanistan, the surrounding region and related issues.  I welcome any chances to discussing opportunities for full or part time research and analytical collaboration, so please feel free to drop me a line via this blog or to my email address:

To flesh out this rather dry biog, you should be aware that I am a keen rock and roll guitarist and a much less keen marathon runner.  With the benefit of hindsight I should have spent more time learning to play the guitar…

9 Comments leave one →
  1. February 1, 2012 3:09 pm

    Thanks for the blog and articles.

  2. February 1, 2012 3:16 pm

    Ron – great to have you aboard! Stay tuned and keep me in check… :)

  3. Jon Ducker permalink
    February 1, 2012 10:19 pm

    Timmo, what an excellent blog – it looks good and I hope it will be the gateway to great things. I look forward to buying the book in due course…

    I’m a bit out of date to offer any worthwhile comments, but hopefully some of our old oppos still on the Afghan beat will contribute.

    Look forward to catching up when you’re over here next.

  4. February 1, 2012 10:34 pm

    Jonno, thanks – same comment as I gave to Ron – stay tuned and keep me in check! See you in London shortly…

  5. Andy Drylie permalink
    February 14, 2012 12:21 pm

    Tim, excellent stuff here.

  6. February 14, 2012 12:57 pm

    Andy, thanks! Hopefully we can catch up in London…


  7. Bernice Glimberg permalink
    October 2, 2012 1:59 pm

    Great blogg Tim, keep up the good work! WIll follow your posts!

  8. Moe permalink
    November 22, 2012 9:33 pm

    Thought I’d alert you to to 2 IEA statements that seem to show the Taliban are coming to grips with some semblance of international law and diplomacy. The Statement Of Islamic Emirate Regarding Execution Of Mujahideen By The Kabul Administration argues that execution of taliban prisoners is a war crime because the prisoners according to them are ‘prisoners of war’ and not criminal prisoners (and execution of prisoners of war is a horrendous offence!) and calls upon those in the regime (lawmakers courts and circles) to facilitate change and even appeals to the United nations to not stand by! The shoe is on the other foot!

    The other was a statement of solidarity with people of Gaza; Islamic Emirate’s Statement Regarding Israeli Aggression Against Gaza. In it is typical rhetoric that Israel is an American Garrison and killng innocents, but the course of action the IEA advocate is interesting, it advocates ” Muslim leaders and human right organizations and the peace-loving people in the world to regain a strong position to work out ways so as to put an end to the Israeli invasion….” and concludes by urging the “United Nations to act in accordance with the international peace treaty and recognize the Palestinians political rights as well as Palestine a free state with Baitul Muqaddas ( Jersusalem) its capital”.

    It seems the Taliban might be getting more educated members in their ranks and are really trying to pass of as some sort of national government in waiting. I’d really like to hear your thoughts on this, and as to whether its authentic. Looking forward to hear from you

    • November 23, 2012 6:36 am

      Moe hi and thanks for this. I saw these and you are right to note them. In essence, I agree with your comments (and a really consistent Taliban theme has been the importance they attach to their brothers in prison) and I need to have a re-read and a think about these taliban statements. The human rights and international political angles are not entirely new, but certainly interesting – I wrote this in June on the subject, which might be of interest:

      For your info, I am currently trying to write a paper looking at political aspects of the Taliban’s messaging and actions, but, in particular, ways in which the Taliban might be engaged more constructively by the international communnity.

      Thanks for your engagement – I welcome your thoughts!



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