Month: July 2008

Read Elected Swineherd Now

If you haven’t already, go subscribe immediately to this blog. I’ve been dropping in on it now and again for a few months, and can’t recommend it enough. The authors post pseudonymously as Diodotus, and Cleitus the Black, ccording to Elected Swineherd’s self-description: “A political scientist, a conflict analyst and a soldier of misfortune

Saving Afghanistan, From Harvard

I remember once sitting in a cafe in a Sarajevo suburb (of sorts), chatting with a British Army officer about a brilliant piece of travel writing by a lunatic young Scotsman who’d got it into his head to walk across Afghanistan. Actually, he’d walked from Istanbul to Nepal, but what he wrote about and published in a wonderfully clear and austere narrative