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Afghanistan Today

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nick bcostrov
country Hong Kong
languages Chinese, English
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Education

Ph.D., Political Science, University of Chicago

three years as analyst with US Military in Afghanistan

eight months engaged in counter-insurgency with US Department of State in Iraq

28 years teaching at universities

Experience: 32 years

About me

I.          BRIEF HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

   A.     Ethnography and Languages

            William Dalrymple, Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan, 2013, chaps. 1-2

            1.         Pashtun

                                    Pashtuns

            2.         Dari

                        a.         Hazaras

Ben Ostrov, “Afghans Think Hazaras Are an Iranian Fifth Column,” AP-A Estimate, CSOC, August 27, 2011

                        b.         Tajiks

                        c.         Uzbeks

   B.     Socio-Cultural Values

            1.         Pashtunwali

Wahid Momand, "Pashtunwali,” http://afghanland.com/culture/pashtunwali.html

Steve McDonald, "The Way of the Pashtunwali,” http://backpackology.org/2012/07/02/the-way-of-the-pashtunwali/

II.        THE GREAT GAME

William Dalrymple, Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan, 2013, chaps. 3-10

III.       THE GAME TODAY

Stefanie Nijssen, "The Taliban's Shadow Government in Afghanistan,” Civil-Military Fusion Centre, September 2011.

Charles Hawkins & Robert Love (eds.), "The New Great Game: Chinese Views on Central Asia,” chaps. 1-5, 11, 2006.

Ahmed Rashid, Taliban, 2001