Ed Hadley has worked for the UK government on foreign policy and conflict issues for nearly 15 years. After posts at the Assessments Staff of the Cabinet Office and National Security Secretariat, he worked for the Foreign Office for five years as a Senior Research Analyst on Afghanistan, with a particular focus on the Taliban insurgency. In 2015 he moved to the Stabilisation Unit, where he continues to focus on Afghanistan and South Asia as well as on wider research projects on peace processes and elite bargains and the analysis of the impact of UK stabilisation interventions abroad. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the UK government’s official policies.