Field Notes on the Future of Afghanistan (and Ours)



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Anand Gopal written on war, cultural conflict, democracy and religion in the Middle East and South Asia for The New Yorker, as well as for the Times, Harper’s, and the the Wall Street newspaper. He has received a number of accolades for his reporting, including a George K. Polk Award, a National Magazine Award and an Overseas Press Club Award. In 2015, his book, “No Good Men Among the Living”, which revealed the pride underlying the US occupation of Afghanistan, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fictional Literature and a National Prize. of the book. Gopal is an assistant research professor at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict and the Center on the Future of War at Arizona State University.

Élisa Griswold, a contributing writer covering religion, politics and the environment, wrote for The New Yorker since 2003. She has written and translated five non-fiction and poetry books, including “I Am the Beggar of the World”, a collection of folk poetry by Afghan women, which received the award. PEN Translation price. She is the author, more recently, of a collection of poems entitled “If Men, Then”. In 2019, his book “Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracture of America”, a Times Remarkable book and a Times Critics’ Choice, won the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fictional Literature. Griswold has been a fellow of the Harvard Divinity School, the Nieman Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the New America Foundation, among others, and has received various awards including the J. Anthony Lukas Prize and the Rome Prize for Poetry. . She is currently a writer emeritus in residence at New York University.

David remnick was editor of The New Yorker since 1998. He joined the magazine in 1992, after ten years with the Washington To post, where he was correspondent in Moscow. He is the author of several books, including “The Bridge”, a biography of Barack Obama; “King of the world”, on the life of Muhammad Ali; and “Lenin’s Tomb”, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction. Edited by Remnick, The New Yorker became the country’s most honored magazine, winning fifty-three National Magazine Awards. In 2016, it became the first magazine to receive a Pulitzer Prize for writing, and to date it has won six Pulitzers, including the Public Service Gold Medal.

David Rohde is editor-in-chief of He is a former reporter for Reuters, the New York Times, and the Christian Science Monitor. He received a Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, in 1996, for stories that helped expose the Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian War, and, in 2009, he shared a Pulitzer Prize with a team of Times reporters for coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan. He is the most recent author of “In Deep: The FBI, the CIA, and the Truth about America’s ‘Deep State’. Her other books are “Beyond War: Reimagining America’s Role and Ambitions in a New Middle East”; “A Rope and a Prayer: The Story of a Kidnapping,” co-authored with his wife, Kristen Mulvihill; and “Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica, Europe’s Worst Massacre since WWII”.

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