Association for Behavior and Knowledge Transformation (ABKT)

Untitled-8Founded by female entrepreneur Shad Begum, ABKT is a registered non-profit development organization working on economic and political empowerment of communities in the under-served areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa  and  FATA (federally  administered  tribal area) with a special focus on women and other marginalized groups. ABKT uses indigenous approaches in sustainable development for social, economic and political empowerment of marginalized groups and communities in the northwestern parts of Pakistan.

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Tribal Law Journal

tlj-bannerThe Tribal Law Journal was established in fall 1998 for the purpose of promoting indigenous self-determination by facilitating discussion of the internal law of the world’s indigenous nations. The internal law of indigenous nations encompasses traditional law, western law adopted by indigenous nations, and a blend of western and indigenous law. Underscoring this purpose is the recognition that traditional law is a source of law.

Since the Tribal Law Journal’s inception, the Tribal Law Journal has become the premier indigenous law journal in the United States and is one of the few international legal journal sources dedicated to indigenous and tribal law.



SaferworldSaferworld is a not-for-profit organization with programs in nearly 20 countries and territories across Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe. Saferworld works with local people affected by conflict to improve their safety and sense of security, and conduct wider research and analysis. They use this evidence and learning to improve local, national and international policies and practices that can help build lasting peace.


Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

SIPRIStockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) is an independent international institute in Sweden, dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. Established on 6 May 1966, SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open source, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public.


Tribal Analysis Center

tribalanalysislogoTribal Analysis Center specializes in the collection and analysis of data related to tribes in remote areas generally beyond the current reach of social science researchers. The new emphasis being given to tribal engagement in counterinsurgency signifies that such tribal studies are highly relevant to the various military and civilian government agencies tasked to implement this new approach. Repeated public statements by US military and civilian leaders now downplay military operations in favor of gaining the support of local communities, not only by bringing tangible benefits, but also by acting in a manner acceptable to tribal people. In order to accomplish this mandate, the Tribal Analysis Center believes it is essential to understand tribal culture and society as a prerequisite to productive interaction. Although the Pashtun tribes of Afghanistan and Pakistan are currently the subject of most counterinsurgency attention, there are significant cases in other parts of the world where formerly isolated tribes have been thrust into the arena of national and international conflict.


Tribal Engagement Workshop – Small Wars Journal

SMALL-WARS-JOURNAL-LOGO-300x73The Tribal Engagement Workshop, cosponsored by Small Wars Foundation, the U.S. Joint Forces Command Joint Irregular Warfare Center, the U.S. Marine Corps Center for Irregular Warfare, the U.S. Army / U.S. Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center, and Noetic Group, was conducted 24-25 March 2010 at Gari Melchers Home and Studio, Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The objectives of the Tribal Engagement Workshop were to:

  • Evaluate the value and feasibility of a tribal engagement approach in Afghanistan.
  • Assess what secondary effects adoption of a tribal engagement strategy would have on the political and military situation.
  • Identify the operational components of a tribal engagement approach in Afghanistan.