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Graeme Smith

Senior Analyst, International Crisis Group

Graeme Smith works as a senior analyst for the International Crisis Group, supervising a small team in Afghanistan. He previously served as a foreign correspondent for Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, with postings in Moscow, Kandahar (2006–2009), Delhi and Istanbul. His awards include three National Newspaper Awards, Canada’s highest prize for print journalism, and the annual Michener Award for public service given by the Governor General of Canada. In 2013, Smith won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction for The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan. He also won an Emmy in 2009, for a video series that recorded the opinions of Taliban fighters. Mr. Smith is a graduate of Ryerson University and was the editor of the Eyeopener, Ryerson’s student newspaper. He currently lives in Kabul.

EXCERPT -- The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan

I want you to emerge from the book feeling a bit uneasy, perhaps a little tainted, unable to shake off the lingering images of war. You need to read about the days when I got the charred flesh of suicide bombers stuck in the treads of my shoes. You need to hear about the night when Canadian soldiers used human bodies as bait for insurgents.
03/18/2014 05:42 EDT

The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War In Afghanistan (EXCERPT)

We lost the war in southern Afghanistan and it broke my heart. The insurgents were not defeated. We killed thousands of them, but their movement would not die. Far away from the air-conditioned headquarters where the foreigners made their plans, all of the good intentions collided with reality.
02/25/2014 02:56 EST