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The War in Afghanistan & the Karzai Family
Joshua Partlow, Bureau Chief in Mexico and Former Bureau Chief in Kabul, The Washington Post

Monday, August 28, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

The Council's "Breach of Trust: The Crime & Corruption Series" begins with a look into a nation with an uneasy history and a political family that has links to terrorists and a way with graft.

Our speaker is Joshua Partlow, a seasoned reporter, currently The Washington Post's Mexico City bureau chief, but before that (2009-2012) he was in Afghanistan as the Post's Kabul bureau chief. And that is how he came to have an understanding of how President Hamid Karzai and his family were operating in the nation.

His topic for this Council program is "The War in Afghanistan & the Karzai Family." And he has the reporting background to speak to the topics. In 2010, he and Rajiv Chandrasekaran of the Post won the Overseas Press Club's award for Best Newspaper or News Service Reporting from Abroad for their series on the Afghan war.

Partlow is also the author of the highly-regarded examination of Afghanistan, A Kingdom of Their Own: The Family Karzai and the Afghan Disaster, due in paperback in August.
 Kirkus Reviews describes the book as providing "an insightful, revealing dissection of the failures of the U.S. government in Afghanistan by focusing on the multifarious, endlessly fascinating Karzai family.

Naturally, Hamid Karzai’s American-aided rise to the head of Afghanistan’s post-Taliban government and his subsequent disillusionment with the American mission take center stage in the narrative."

Partlow's career with the Post took him to South America and Iraq before taking bureau chief posts in Kabal and Mexico City.

After graduating from Duke with a degree in environmental sciences/policy, Partlow earned master’s degrees in international affairs and journalism from Columbia University. He also has been a fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, a study center at Harvard University.

The second program in “Breach of Trust: The Crime & Corruption Series” focuses on "When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics." The speaker for this Monday, October 23, presentation is Milan Vaishnav, Senior Fellow, South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 

Read a sample of Partlow's story of the quirky life of Hamid Karzai at Penguin Random House.

Part of the Breach of Trust: The Crime & Corruption Series

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