This blog aims to highlight issues and information that don't always make it into the mainstream media. Recognising that comment is cheap, wherever possible it will link you directly to documents and sources that are mentioned in the text.
I realised some time ago that it was impossible to write about Afghanistan without writing about Pakistan and other neighbouring countries. With that in mind, the reader will come across articles that, while not specifically about Afghanistan, in some way shed light on the conflict.
If you are feeling a bit bleak about the present situation in Afghanistan, try reading Rory Stewart's essay, The Irresistible Illusion, written for the London Review of Books in July this year. I don't agree with everything he writes, but he comes closer to understanding the way Afghanistan works than almost anyone else writing on the subject. He doesn't offer any quick fixes, but that is the point.