The master of Spin Boldak

Harper’s Magazine, December 2009 Matthieu Aikins’ undercover reportage ‘with Afghanistan’s drug-trafficking border police’ commander Abdul Raziq – an exemplaric story

The Predator War

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 Last Mission

The New Yorker, 28 September 2009 George Packer’s portrait of Mr AfPak (alias Richard Holbrooke) is much more than a portrait

Karzai in His Labyrinth

New York Times Magazine, 9 August 2009 Elizabeth Rubin’s portrait of an increasingly schizophrenic Afghan President