The Most Missed Stories of 2010

by Joshua Foust on 12/22/2010 · 1 comment

Foreign Policy has a collection up about the most-missed stories of 2010—really, read them all. I contributed a piece about the North:

But even as Afghanistan’s north goes to pieces, the U.S. media remains almost exclusively focused on the country’s south. Journalists have flocked to the south to cover the high-profile NATO military campaigns to “retake” Kandahar city and the surrounding areas, as well as a massive campaign to seize the Marja farming area in west-central Helmand. From journalists’ perspective, the high tempo of combat in the south and the region’s centrality to the U.S. grand strategy of counterinsurgency in Afghanistan make it a sexier story than events in the north. For example, a LexisNexis search of the New York Times reveals 90 stories in 2010 that mention Kunduz, Baghlan, Badakhshan, or Balkh — the four most populous provinces in the north. Meanwhile, searching the same time period reveals 182 stories about Helmand, and more than 300 stories for Kandahar.

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Joshua Foust is a Fellow at the American Security Project and the author of Afghanistan Journal: Selections from Registan.net. 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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Grant December 24, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Ninety stories* about the north actually isn’t too bad considering that the majority of reporting seems to be on domestic matters, North Korea and Iran.

As for missed stories: coalition building in Kyrgyzstan, pipelines through Central Asia and reconciliation (apparently) between the West and Uzbekistan.

* Admittedly based on experience with Lexis I assume that some of them will actually be repeats.

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