Contents


The Mess in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s Bonn Agreement One Year Later: A Catalog of Missed Opportunities by Human Rights Watch

“We Want to Live as Humans”: Repression of Women and Girls in Western Afghanistan by Human Rights Watch

All Our Hopes Are Crushed: Violence and Repression in Western Afghanistan by Human Rights Watch

“Killing You Is a Very Easy Thing for Us”: Human Rights Abuses in Southeast Afghanistan by Human Rights Watch

Afghanistan: Are We Losing the Peace? by an Independent Task Force cosponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations and the Asia Society

The Situation in Afghanistan and Its Implications for International Peace and Security by Kofi Annan to the General Assembly of the United Nations

Love Letter

SS Proleterka by Fleur Jaeggy, translated from the Italian by Alastair McEwen

The Underworld of Work

The New Ruthless Economy: Work and Power in the Digital Age by Simon Head

Downsizing in America: Reality, Causes, and Consequences by William J. Baumol, Alan S. Blinder, and Edward N. Wolff

Low-Wage America: How Employers Are Reshaping Opportunity in the Workplace edited by Eileen Appelbaum, Annette Bernhardt, and Richard J. Murnane

Contributors

Anne Applebaum is a columnist for The Washington Post and a Professor of Practice at the London School of Economics’ Institute of Global Affairs. Her latest book is Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine.
 (June 2019)

Russell Baker is a former columnist and correspondent for The New York Times and The Baltimore Sun. His books include The Good Times, Growing Up, and Looking Back.
 (November 2016)

William Dalrymple is Codirector of the Jaipur Literature Festival and the author of The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi 1857. His new book, The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company 1739–1803, will be published in September. (June 2019)

Elizabeth Drew is the author of fourteen books, including Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon’s Downfall, which was expanded and reissued in 2014.

Marshall Frady’s books include Wallace, Billy Graham, Southerners, Jesse: The Life and Pilgrimage of Jesse Jackson, and, most recently, Martin Luther King, Jr. He is currently writing a biography of Fidel Castro. (February 2004)

Andrew Hacker teaches political science at Queens College. He is currently working on a book about the Republican Party. (September 2018)

Daniel Mendelsohn is Editor-at-Large at The New York ­Review and Professor of Humanities at Bard. His new collection of essays, ­Ecstasy and Terror: From the Greeks to Game of Thrones, will be published in October.
 (April 2019)

Richard Murphy’s Collected Poems were published in 2001.

Sherwin B. Nuland is Clinical Professor of Surgery and a Fellow of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale. He is the author of How We Die, which won the National Book Award in 1994, and Lost in America. (December 2005)

Tim Parks is the author of many novels, translations, and works of nonfiction, most recently Out of My Head: On the Trail of Consciousness and the novel In Extremis.
 (May 2019)

Thomas Powers’s books include The Man Who Kept the ­Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIA and Intelligence Wars: American Secret History from Hitler to al-Qaeda. (June 2019)

Ahmed Rashid is the author of Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan and several books on Afghanistan and Central Asia, including The Resurgence of Central Asia, Islam or Nationalism. He lives in Lahore. (September 2018)

Michael Tomasky is a Special Correspondent for The Daily Beast, the Editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, and a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. His new book is If We Can Keep It: How the Republic ­Collapsed, and How It Might Be Saved. (July 2019)