Open Society Institute and The Liaison Office, 23 February 2010 Briefing paper describes how night raids by international forces in Afghanistan are widely associated with abuse and impunity.
The Washington Post, 22 February 2010 Kabul Bank provides members of the Karzai family and his entourage with special deals and campaign support, moving money in unconventional ways.
New York Times, 12 February 2010 NYT publishes 50 years old article on the (then) $100,000,000 project in Marja.
Le Monde diplomatique, 9 February 2010 Marie-Dominique Charlier, a PolAd to the ISAF commander in 2008, describes the growing ability of private military companies ‘to influence military decisions on operational matters’ of ISAF in Afghanistan
SWP Research Paper S2, January 2010 In this best paper about Afghanistan’s drug economy since a long time (it is in German but SWP should be urged to translate it as quickly as possible), the Berlin-based scholar not only reviews the latest trends in this field but also puts the analysis of these developments on […]
New York Times, 20 December 2009 A travelogue by Andy Isaacson about a trip through the Pamir mountains, on the Tajik side of the Afghan border
Restaurierung der Altstadt von Herat: Wettlauf mit der Zeit (Race against Time: The Restauration of Herat’s Old City)
al-qantara website, 12 December 2009 Britta Petersen’s reportage about the gems of an ancient cultural capital (in German).
Harper’s Magazine, December 2009 Matthieu Aikins’ undercover reportage ‘with Afghanistan’s drug-trafficking border police’ commander Abdul Raziq – an exemplaric story
The New Yorker, 26 October 2009 Jane Mayer’s hair-raising account of the risks of ‘the “push-button” approach to fighting Al Qaeda’. She gives the figures of people killed during the 41 drone strikes since President Obama’s inauguration (between 326 and 538, ‘many bystanders’), explores the psyche of those remote-operating the drones and the role of […]
The New Yorker, 28 September 2009 George Packer’s portrait of Mr AfPak (alias Richard Holbrooke) is much more than a portrait