Withdrawing from Afghanistan: Three Movies on the Soviet Occupation

Imperial Brains Blown Out When you’re wounded an’ left on Afghanistan’s plains An’ the women come out to cut up your remains Jus’ roll to your rifle an’ blow out your brains An’ go to your Gawd like a soldier.–Rudyard Kipling Last night Senator John McCain tweeted, “I believe the President’s artificial date for withdrawal… Read More Withdrawing from Afghanistan: Three Movies on the Soviet Occupation

Causes and Consequences of the Destabilization of Afghanistan

Over the last 30 years, the polity of Afghanistan has undergone several overlapping transformations. The structure of power at the center has collapsed, causing the center-periphery relationship to evaporate. The movement of economic and human resources from various regions of Afghanistan to locations across international borders, especially in Iran and Pakistan, has intensified. Ethnic, sectarian,… Read More Causes and Consequences of the Destabilization of Afghanistan

Anthropology and the Representation of Migrations from Afghanistan

[This is a paper that was originally published under the title of “Anthropology and the Representation of Recent Migrations from Afghanistan,” as it appeared in Rethinking Refuge and Displacement: Selected Papers on Refugees and Immigrants, Volume VIII, 2000. Arlington, VA: American Anthropological Association. Eds. E. M. Godziak and D. J. Shandy. Pp. 291-321. Given the… Read More Anthropology and the Representation of Migrations from Afghanistan