Joshua Partlow

A Kingdom of their Own: the Family Karzai and the Afghan Disaster

Joshua Partlow

Talk: A Kingdom of their Own: the Family Karzai and the Afghan Disaster

The key to understanding the calamitous Afghan war is the complex, ultimately failed relationship between the powerful, duplicitous Karzai family and the United States--brilliantly portrayed here in its entirety for the first time by the former Washington Post Kabul bureau chief. The United States came to Afghanistan on a simple mission: to avenge the September 11 attacks and to drive the Taliban from power. This took less than two months. But over the next decade, the ensuing fight for power and money left the region even more dangerous than before the first troops arrived.

Joshua Partlow

Joshua Partlow is The Washington Post's bureau chief in Mexico. Between 2009 and 2012, he was the Post's Kabul bureau chief and has also worked as a correspondent in South America and Iraq. In 2010, Partlow shared an Overseas Press Club award with Rajiv Chandrasekaran for the best newspaper or news service reporting from abroad, in recognition of their series on the war in Afghanistan.

A Kingdom of their Own

Today, with the country in shambles, they are in open conflict with one another and their Western allies. Joshua Partlow’s clear-eyed analysis reveals the mistakes, squandered hopes, and wasted chances behind the scenes of a would-be political dynasty. Nothing illustrates the arc of the war and America’s relationship with Afghanistan as neatly as the story of the Karzai family itself.

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