Category Archives: Beyond the News

Each week, two students will pick one or two news article that we will discuss in class. In this section I will summarize our debates and identify the main issues raised in the article(s). Hopefully I will engage students, readers (and maybe authors!) to extend the discussion further, beyond the classroom.

Haqqani and the Good Zadran

Since the Haqqani network’s recent attack on the American embassy in Kabul, the Pakistan-based group is getting more and more attention. Before that, Western news agencies did not seem to care much about Jalaluddin Haqqani and his son Siraj. Yet, … Continue reading

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Our Clock is Ticking

Ten years after the beginning of the US-led intervention, American troops now prepare to leave. Afghan insurgents would probably tell you that foreign invasions always end that way; that Afghanistan is called the “graveyard of empires” for a reason. The … Continue reading

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What Now?

This week the students picked two articles that look at the future of Afghanistan with different lenses. Although they offer two different perspectives on the war, both authors share a similar concern. They both wonder where Afghanistan is going. Former … Continue reading

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