Scott DesMarais is a Research Assistant on the Afghanistan portfolio at the Institute for the Study of War. His work focuses on Afghanistan's domestic politics as well as security developments related to the Taliban and the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) - Wilayat Khorasan. Scott holds a B.A. in History from Furman University and an M.A. in International Affairs with a focus on U.S. foreign policy and national security from American University's School of International Service.