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A post on The Daily Beast today highlights the decision made by Afghan officials to postpone elections for another four months to allow thousands of incoming US troops to improve security beforehand. The elections are now scheduled for August 20, 2009 – but could be pushed back even further, seeing as “the electoral commission is still far short of the $223 million required to hold the presidential and provincial council votes,” said Azizullah Lodin, the head of the Independent Election Commission cited by an article in the Associated Press.

Dexter Filkins, a Foreign Correspondent for the NY Times, has been covering the war in Afghanistan since the early 1990s, and published a new article just last week on the situation there. He spoke at the Council this fall on his widely acclaimed book, The Forever War, which tries to tell the stories of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars from the perspective of the people on the ground, living the conflict day-to-day. Watch his talk, accompanied with stunning photographs, in the video below.

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Today, the New York Times released its list of the top ten books of the year. The top two non-fiction works listed are The Dark Side by Jane Mayer, and The Forever War by Dexter Filkins both authors that spoke here at the World Affairs Council in the past few months. Listen to their talks here and here, respectively.

On The Dark Side, the NY Times writes:
“Mayer’s meticulously reported descent into the depths of President Bush’s anti­terrorist policies peels away the layers of legal and bureaucratic maneuvering that gave us Guantánamo Bay, “extraordinary rendition,” “enhanced” interrogation methods, “black sites,” warrantless domestic surveillance and all the rest. But Mayer also describes the efforts of unsung heroes, tucked deep inside the administration, who risked their careers in the struggle to balance the rule of law against the need to meet a threat unlike any other in the nation’s history.”

And on Filkins and The Forever War:
“The New York Times correspondent, whose tours of duty have taken him from Afghanistan in 1998 to Iraq during the American intervention, captures a decade of armed struggle in harrowingly detailed vignettes. Whether interviewing jihadists in Kabul, accompanying marines on risky patrols in Falluja or visiting grieving families in Baghdad, Filkins makes us see, with almost hallucinogenic immediacy, the true human meaning and consequences of the ‘war on terror.’ (First Chapter)”

There’s also a great interview with Mayer from the July edition of Harper’s Magazine, and one with Filkins in the September issue of The Atlantic.

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