The Dynamics of the "AfPak" Conflict: Metrics and Status Report
July 1, 2009
The Afghan-Pakistan conflict is a complex conflict that covers two countries and has ideological, political, governance, economic, military, and security dimensions that are extremely difficult to measure and portray in summary form. NATO/ISAF, the United Nations, the U.S Department of Defense, and various polls and nongovernmental organizations have, however, gradually developed summary metrics and maps of the conflict. These data provide a useful overview of developments in the conflict and are beginning to go beyond the military dimension to the political and economic dimensions and to show how Afghans and Pakistanis perceive the conflict.
The Burke Chair has developed a series of presentations that includes maps and graphics from a range of sources that cover given aspects of the war and bring together a range of metrics in key areas. These presentations include a summary overview of the war--which is largely a current status report--and a series of subreports that begin to pull together a historical record of the various metrics in given subject areas. These latter reports include comparative graphics that show how given metrics have changed over time. The trends and differences they portray often provide important perspective on the trends in the conflict, but they also reflect important contradictions in various reports on the war and methods of describing it.
The following reports and subreports are now available on the CSIS Web site:
Afghan-Pakistan War Overview: This report is a comprehensive look at the essential aspects of the Afghan conflict. It examines a range of issues from the historical development of the war to the current economic situation.
Available at: https://csis-website-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/publication/090701_afpak_war_overview.pdf
Brief Summary: A very brief summary of the major trends in the conflict.
Available at: https://csis-website-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/090803_BriefSummary.pdf
Status of 2009: An examination of the war’s current status so far in the year 2009.
Available at: https://csis-website-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/090803_Statusof2009.pdf
The Rising Intensity of the Conflict 2007-2008: This report examines recent trends in the military conflict in Afghanistan from 2008.
Available at: https://csis-website-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/090803_RisingIntensityConflict20072008.pdf
The Rising Intensity of the Conflict 2001-2007: This report examines the trends in violence in Afghanistan during the period from 2001-2007.
Available at: https://csis-website-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/090803_RisingIntensityConflict20012007.pdf
The Shifting Nature of the Threat: This report examines how violence is expanding, the Taliban is resurfacing and the nature of the threat in Afghanistan is changing.
Available at: https://csis-website-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/090803_ShiftingNatureThreat.pdf
Developments in NATO-ISAF and US Forces: An analysis of recent changes and updates to the status of various forces engaged in the struggle in Afghanistan.
Available at: https://csis-website-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/090803_DevelopmentsinISAF-US-PRTForces.pdf
The Af-Pak Air War: An analysis of the use of airpower in the Afghan war.
Available at: https://csis-website-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/090803_AfPakAirWar.pdf
The Battle of Perceptions: This report explores how public perception both within Afghanistan , Pakistan and internationally is affecting the war.
Available at: https://csis-website-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/090803_BattleofPerceptions.pdf
One War Two Countries: Afghanistan vs. “Pastunistan”: This report examines how cross-border actions and support from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan have made the war in Afghanistan a war in “Pashtunistan.”
Available at: https://csis-website-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/090803_OneWarinTwoCountries.pdf
Afghan Economics and Conditions of Life: This report examines the day to day conditions of Afghans as well as the trends and attitudes in the narcotics trade.
Available at: https://csis-website-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/090731_AfEcon.pdf
These reports will be regularly updated and expanded. We would greatly appreciate suggestions as to additional material that should be included.