Christian Dennys is a researcher at the UK Defence Academy / Cranfield University on stabilization in Nepal and Afghanistan. He has worked in Afghanistan for much of the last seven years, after completing his first degree in Arabic and Persian. Since his first foray into Afghanistan, researching the impact of the DDR program in 2004-05, he has continued to research the functions, structures and support mechanisms of a range of armed groups in Afghanistan. He was formerly an adviser to the ONSC in Kabul and has worked on reintegration policy for the British Embassy in Kabul. Previously, he worked for Oxfam and Amnesty International as their leads on research and policy work in Afghanistan.