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Research Analyst

Carl Forsberg is a research analyst at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), where he focuses on the security dynamics and politics of Southern Afghanistan. Mr. Forsberg is the author of two reports on Kandahar Province, <i>The Taliban’s Campaign for Kandahar</i> and <i>Politics and Power in Kandahar</i>. Mr. Forsberg has presented his findings on Kandahar in congressional testimony, at a weekly Pentagon forum attended by high-level experts and military officials, and at the U.S. Special Operations Command. He was invited to Afghanistan in July 2010 to join a team conducting research for General David Petraeus following his assumption of command.
Mr. Forsberg has commented on Afghanistan for both print and radio journalism in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, and Italy. He has been featured in numerous media outlets, including The Economist, The Financial Times, McClatchy News, NPR, and BBC.
Before coming to ISW, Mr. Forsberg worked at the Marine Corps Intelligence Headquarters and for the Ugandan State Minister for Disaster Relief and Refugees in Kampala, Uganda. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from Yale University and has studied the Persian language.