What follows is the Ultimate AfPak Reading List -- an amalgamation of syllabi from classes I've taught at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. I've included a variety of reading, from books I've found particularly insightful to significant reporting on everything from the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan to al Qaeda's media strategy.
Links are included whenever possible, but be forewarned that a few of the journal articles are subscription only. In some cases I've included my general comments about the work and specific page numbers. And where relevant, we have included links to the AfPak Channel's reviews of the latest, greatest books on Afghanistan, Pakistan, al-Qaeda, and U.S. counterterrorism policy.
Categories are organized thusly:
- Afghanistan: The Soviet Invasion, 1979-1989 & the Rise of the Taliban, 1994-2001
- Afghanistan: Under the Taliban 1994-2001 & the Rise of the Religious Warriors and Their Al Qaeda Allies
- Afghanistan: The Resurgence of the Taliban and al Qaeda from the Battle of Tora Bora in the Winter of 2001 to Today
- Pakistan: General Interest
- Pakistan: The Jihadists Post-9/11
- Al Qaeda: General Interest
- Al Qaeda: From Its Formation in 1988 to 9/11
- Al Qaeda: The Organization and the Ideological Movement Since the 9/11 Attacks
- Al Qaeda: Media Strategy from 1988 to the Present
- The Underlying Causes of the 9/11 Attacks
- Islamist Terrorism and Its Intellectual Influences
- New America Foundation Papers
If you think there's something that should be on here and isn't, email us at Bergen@newamerica.net. This is very much a work in progress.