Goes Analog

by Joshua Foust on 11/3/2010 · 16 comments

As I’m sure many of you blog (but not RSS!) readers have noticed, I have a book coming out this month with Just World Books. Afghanistan Journal: Selections from is an edited compilation of the last four years of blogging in this space: starting with my trip there last year with the Human Terrain System, and incorporating the last several years of wrestling with the country’s social and political environment, along with the messy and often incoherent intricacies of American policy.

To celebrate, I’m holding a launch party at 4 pm on Tuesday, November 9 at The Stimson Center. It’s a busy day—there’s another Afghanistan conference (invitation only!) at the New America Foundation, and later that evening is Robert Kaplan’s glittery launch party at the Willard Intercontinental.

However: this is a special occasion for me—not the latest in a long string of conferences on the same topic, and not my millionth book. This is an important project on the part of JWB, by adding significant value to the blogs they publish by organizing and editing them, and making them easy to digest in a single sitting (something many blogs, especially ones with thousands of entries over many years of multiple authorship, like, do not make easy). Plus, I think this is an important perspective to be heard—no less than Anatol Lieven declared Afghanistan Journal it to be “deeply depressing,” and former Ambassador Ron Neumann has both endorsed it, and offered to host my party at Stimson.

So, dear readers: if any of you are in the Washington, DC area on November 9, come out to the Stimson Center at 4 pm! I’d love to meet every single one of you!

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Joshua Foust is a Fellow at the American Security Project and the author of Afghanistan Journal: Selections from His research focuses primarily on Central and South Asia. Joshua is a correspondent for The Atlantic and a columnist for PBS Need to Know. Joshua appears regularly on the BBC World News, Aljazeera, and international public radio. Joshua's writing has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Foreign Policy’s AfPak Channel, the New York Times, Reuters, and the Christian Science Monitor. Follow him on twitter: @joshuafoust

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Pepe de la Cruz November 3, 2010 at 5:52 pm
Laurence Jarvik November 3, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Congratulations, Josh! I remember when you were fundraising to go to Afghanistan. Glad you made it there, and got a book out of it, to boot!

zenpundit November 3, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Congratulations, Josh! Looking forward to reading it.

AJK November 3, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Congrats, Josh. If I was within a thousand miles I’d be there. Since I’m not, I’ll have to ask: Does Just World ship internationally? November 3, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Hearty congrats!

DPT November 4, 2010 at 5:02 am

If Anatol Lieven said it was “deeply depressing,” then it’s definitely worth a look… Really though, congratulations.

I’m in the DC area, but being a student and all I think I’m supposed to be going to classes or something… Hmm…

Capt. Monkey November 4, 2010 at 8:25 am

Congratulations! Wish I could be there!


Vikash November 4, 2010 at 8:32 am


Joel Hafvenstein November 4, 2010 at 9:13 am

Hey, congratulations, Josh!

Shannon November 4, 2010 at 9:38 am


Steve Connors November 4, 2010 at 11:45 am

Congrats Josh and well done JWB for realizing this project.

clarisse November 4, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Bravo Joshua ! Wish I could come…

PowerofH November 4, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Will definitely pick up a copy. Congrats.

Shean November 5, 2010 at 4:16 am

Congrats Josh! I am looking forward to ordering a copy. I wish I was in DC and coule make the event. Enjoy it!!

Brian Merrell November 7, 2010 at 10:19 pm


And if you need a date for the “invite only” Afghanistan Conference at NAF I’m, uh, interested in going. Ahem. (How the hell did I not get invited?!?)

Michael Hancock November 7, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Congrats! If I were within hailing distance of DC, I’d be there in a Bloomington, Indiana minute.

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