Under the Drones: Modern Lives in the Afghanistan-Pakistan Borderlands

Under the Drones: Modern Lives in the Afghanistan-Pakistan Borderlands

Fariba Nawa, Faisal Devji, Shahzad Bashir, Robert D. Crews, Amin Tarzi, Gilles Dorronsoro, Sana Haroon, James Caron, Shah Mahmou


In the West, media insurance of Afghanistan and Pakistan is framed by means of army and political matters, leading to a simplistic photograph of ageless barbarity, terrorist secure havens, and peoples short of both punishment or salvation. Under the Drones appears past this proscribing view to enquire genuine humans at the floor, and to investigate the political, social, and financial forces that form their lives. figuring out the complexity of existence alongside the 1,600-mile border among Afghanistan and Pakistan can assist the USA and its eu allies realign their priorities within the quarter to handle real difficulties, instead of fabricated ones.

This quantity explodes Western misunderstandings via revealing a land that abounds with human supplier, perpetual innovation, and colourful complexity. in the course of the paintings of historians and social scientists, the 13 essays the following discover the genuine and imagined presence of the Taliban; the lively sociopolitical identities expressed via traditions like Pakistani truck ornament; Sufism’s ambivalent place in its place to militancy; the lengthy and contradictory historical past of Afghan media; and the simultaneous brutality and strength that heroin brings to ladies within the sector.

relocating prior transferring conceptions of defense, the authors disclose the West’s winning viewpoint at the area as strategic, distinct, and alarmingly dehumanizing. Under the Drones is a necessary antidote to modern media assurance and armed forces concerns.

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