Publications

Books

 

Coburn_Losing_coverLosing Afghanistan: An Obituary for the Intervention

Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, Forthcoming in early 2016

 

 

BBazaar Politicsazaar Politics: Power and Pottery in an Afghan Market Town

Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2011

After the fall of the Taliban, instability reigned across Afghanistan. However, in the small town of Istalif, located a little over an hour north of Kabul and not far from Bagram on the Shomali Plain, local politics remained relatively violence-free. Bazaar Politics examines this seemingly paradoxical situation, exploring how the town’s local politics maintained peace despite a long, violent history in a country dealing with a growing insurgency…more at Amazon.  Read the review from New York Times and The Financial Times.

Derailing Democracy: Elections in an Unstable Political Landscape With Anna Larson

New York: Columbia University Press, 2014

This volume shows how Afghan elections since 2004 have threatened to derail the country’s fledgling democracy. Examining presidential, parliamentary, and provincial council elections and conducting interviews with more than one hundred candidates, officials, community leaders, and voters, the text shows how international approaches to Afghan elections have misunderstood the role of local actors, who have hijacked elections in their favor, alienated communities, undermined representative processes, and fueled insurgency, fostering …more at Amazon.

 


Articles and Reports

Looking Beyond 2014: Elections in Afghanistan’s Evolving Political Context‘ (February 2014), Chatham House.
A report on how young people are preparing for the 2014 elections in Afghanistan, some of the challenges they are facing, but also the new, hybrid strategies that they are using to access political power.

Youth Mobilization and Political Constraints in Afghanistan: The Y Factor‘ (January 2014), with Anna Larson, The United States Institute of Peace.
A report on how young people are preparing for the 2014 elections in Afghanistan, some of the challenges they are facing, but also the new, hybrid strategies that they are using to access political power.

‘Afghanistan is a Mess and Other Lies that You have Been Told’ (2013),  Anthropology News.
A look at how certain narratives about politics in Afghanistan have benefited primarily the political elite.

Justifying the Means‘ (2013), The United States Institute of Peace.
A paper with Anna Larson looks at perceptions of Afghans towards elections as they prepare for the 2015 vote.