Irfan Yar is the founder of the Afghanistan Security Institute (ASI). He holds two master's degrees—M.A. in International Relations and Areas Studies (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi) and M.A. in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada). He completed his B.A. Honours in Political Science. His area of interest focuses on Afghanistan, the Taliban, terrorism, and" radicalism. His latest peer-reviewed article is "How the Taliban mobilized popular support to survive the US war in Afghanistan." He has frequently published many papers and has written columns in many national and international outlets, including The Hill Times, The National Post, The Toronto Sun, The Mint, The Epoch Times, The Diplomat Magazines, and elsewhere. Previously, he worked as a lecturer at the Global Counter-Terrorism Institute (USA), the Macdonald Laurier Institute, the Observer Research Foundation, Carnegie India, and the embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Ottawa. He recently published a book chapter on "Religion and Terrorism in Afghanistan." Irfan speaks English, Pashto, Dari/Persian, Urdu/Hindi, basic German and Arabic. Disclaimer: Irfan's views and comments at this conference do not reflect the views of any organization or individual that he worked with, except ASI and himself.