Assistant Professor, Middle East Political Economy, at the University of Oregon. Currently writing on the Egyptian revolution and the Syrian crisis.
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In late December, as they do every few months, American military officials in Kabul sent a trove of data to the office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction for its quarterly report. Over the years, such figures have … Continue reading
Published: December 1, 2014 By: William A. Byrd & Javed Noorani Mining companies in Afghanistan are wantonly exploiting the country’s mineral resources with little or no taxes and royalties going to the government. Contracting of mines has been susceptible to … Continue reading
The International Criminal Court in The Hague is tiptoeing closer to a confrontation with the United States. The key issue is U.S. detention practices, and the alleged use of torture, in Afghanistan. A report just released by the office of … Continue reading
Kabul’s police chief has resigned, following a surge in attacks by Afghan militants on foreigners in the city over the past two weeks. General Zahir Zahir gave no reason for his resignation, his spokesman said. Three South Africans were killed … Continue reading