Since seizing control of Afghanistan in August 2021, the Taliban has appointed thousands of individuals to various political, military, administrative, and judicial positions across the country, occupying crucial roles as decision-makers, influencers, local enforcers, and implementers who help shape the Taliban government policies and actions.

Yet, little is known about them. The lack of data about such qualities as tribal and factional ties, leadership styles, flexibility on social and political issues, etc., poses a significant challenge to understanding the government’s internal power dynamics. These critical insights are needed for outside actors to better grasp what’s going on in Afghanistan and discern potential pathways for meaningful, responsible engagement with the Taliban.

MEI’s Taliban Leadership Tracker is a comprehensive repository and analysis platform consolidating information on key figures and individuals wielding influence throughout the Taliban government. Produced and maintained by MEI Non-Resident Scholar Javid Ahmad, the database can be used to help identify individuals who wield various forms of influence, ones who may be receptive to dialogue and collaboration, as well as those involved in rights violations, abuses, or criminal and terrorist activities.

Key Features:

  • Expert-verified information on nearly 1,200 Taliban officials and affiliated individuals, including publicly available information as well as an extensive collection of photos.

  • Demographic graphs and maps breaking down ethnic composition, tribal makeup, sanctions status, and other attributes of those in power.

  • Ongoing updates regarding future Taliban appointments and personnel changes.

View the Tracker

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