Malala Yousafzai was attacked by a gunman on a school bus near her former home in Pakistan in October 2012.
The targeting of a schoolgirl who had spoken out for girls' rights to education caused outrage in Pakistan and around the world.
The 16-year-old was treated in the UK and now lives in Birmingham.
She spent months in hospital and required several operations to repair her skull.
In her first in-depth interview since the attack, Malala told the BBC that discussions with the Taliban were needed to achieve peace.
"The best way to solve problems and to fight against war is through dialogue," she said.
"That's not an issue for me, that's the job of the government... and that's also the job of America."