Afghanistan Journal: Selections from

In early 2009, Joshua Foust, a long-time Afghan-affairs afficianado and respected blogger, got his first chance to go to the country he had been fascinated with for so long. He brought to the trip not just a wealth of knowledge about the country, but also an intelligence and sensitivity that informed all his writings during and after the trip.

Afghanistan Journal  is Foust’s first book. It’s a collection of his writings -mainly those he blogged at – that starts from the observations he blogged during the visit he made to Afghanistan, January-March 2009.  It then looks in more detail at the situation within some of Afghanistan’s key provinces, including Helmand, Nuristan, Kunar, and Kapisa. In the final part of the book, he looks at some of the broader policy issues involved– and at the ways Americans discuss (and on many occasions, mis-discuss) them.

About Joshua Foust

Joshua Foust is a military analyst specializing in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and post-Soviet Central Asia. His writing, which covers military affairs, geopolitics, and strategic energy issues, has appeared in the New York Times, Reuters, the Christian Science Monitor, World Politics Review, and the Columbia Journalism Review. He blogs at and is a regular contributor to PBS Need to Know and a contributing editor at Current Intelligence, a journal of opinion and analysis.

Just World Books is the publisher of Afghanistan Journal,

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