Qayoom Suroush (@Suroush1) is a researcher with the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU). He earlier served as a Senior Advisor for Afghanistan’s National Security Council. At AREU, he is assessing Afghanistan’s police reform and the program of the European Union’s Police Mission in Afghanistan. Qayoom holds an MA in Politics and Security from the OSCE Academy. He previously worked as a researcher at the Afghanistan Analysts Network, where he published research on topics including Helmand province’s local conflict drivers; reform of the Afghan National Police; Afghanistan’s ring roads; Bamyan as the first cultural capital of South Asia; Afghan public libraries; and national elections. Suroush’s general research and academic interests are security, conflict, history, and Islamic studies.