18 November 2011

Understanding contemporary Afghanistan: two places to start

Two policeman in Jalalabad, 1970.

The independent online resource developed by Christian Bleuer includes bibliography, news, blogs, reports, experts, government agencies, politicians, NGOs, embassies, and photography. The Afghanistan Analyst Bibliography, he explains, "is intended to be an up-to-date resource for studying and researching contemporary Afghanistan. The vast majority of sources included are from after the late 1970s, except for in the bibliography section on ethnic groups and, to a lesser extent, on Islam. I did not compile sources on linguistics, art, literature, pre-/mid-20th Century history or on the natural sciences (unless applied to resource management), and the sources on the Soviet-Afghan war are limited (a specific section on the Soviet-Afghan War may be added in the future).”

AAN describes itself as “a non-profit, independent policy research organisation.  It aims to bring together the knowle dge, experience and drive of a large number of experts to better inform policy and to increase the understanding of Afghan realities. It is driven by engagement and curiosity and is committed to producing independent, high quality and research-based analysis on developments in Afghanistan.”

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