Chris Sands



Chris Sands has lived in Afghanistan since 2005, regards it as his home and hopes to remain there for many years to come. In the past his reporting from across the country has been published by The National, The Independent, the New Statesman and Le Monde diplomatique, amongst others. He is now a freelance correspondent for GlobalPost.

Obama speech in Kabul: What he didn’t tell us


Just outside the Afghan capital, the Taliban is in control and preparing for a wider war.

In Afghanistan, fears that a NATO withdrawal will lead to another civil war


Afghans fear conflict will escalate long after it ends for America


Afghanistan: Schoolgirls caught in the crossfire


In Afghanistan, US borrows strategy from Iraq


North Waziristan: The problem no one wants to talk about


A peaceful Afghanistan appears inextricably linked to a peaceful North Waziristan.

The dangerous political battle for Afghanistan


The US hopes a new democratic era will begin as the occupation ends, but many people worry a power vacuum will emerge instead, leaving political rivals to fight it out as the Taliban closes in on Kabul.

Meet the most important man in Afghanistan


Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has fought against the occupation of Afghanistan for more than 40 years, first alongside the US against the Soviets, and now against the US itself. Does he hold the best chance for peace.

Afghan surge: Obama’s great gamble comes to an end


With time running out and Washington having played its strongest card, optimism in Afghanistan is hard to find.

US Election: What if Afghanistan could vote?


‘Our own national elections do not have an impact on Afghanistan, why should an election in America?’