Latest The Magazine — 17 January 2014

Buy the 4th fully-revised edition of the Crosslines Essential Field Guide to Afghanistan (EFGA) and gain access to the most comprehensive handbook on Afghanistan with “out of the box” thinking by leading Afghan hands. This invaluable and unique information tool provides a wealth of practical knowledge for anyone – aid worker, soldier, journalist – who needs to  understand Afghanistan as it enters the precarious post-2014 era. Your survival and ability to work in this country depends on it.

After foreign military forces leave, Afghanistan will continue to have an impact on peace and stability in Central Asia, the Indian Subcontinent and the Gulf Region. The Essential Field Guide and its companion site are designed to keep you informed.

This new edition is dedicated to Alfredo Witschi-Cestari, former head of the United Nations for Afghanistan. It is edited by Edward Girardet (Killing the Cranes, Afghanistan: The Soviet War) and William Dowell (In the Shadow of the Dragon), experienced foreign correspondents and authors.

Contributors include: Whitney Azoy (Buzkashi), Joanna de Berry, Chris Bowers, Jason Burke (Al Qaeda, 9/11 Wars), John ButtKate Clark, Jeffrey Danziger (Cartoons), William Dalrymple (Return of a King), Renata Dwan, Anthony Fitzherbert, Peter Foot, Graham Flood-Hunt, Peter Jouvenal, Christina Lamb (The Sewing Circles of Herat, Malalai), Jolyon Leslie (Afghanistan – The Mirage of Peace), Jean MacKenzie, David Mansfield, Michael Keating, Peter Marsden, Nick Mills (Karzai), Naheed Mustafa (Hazlitt), Norah Niland, Charles Norchi (The Durand Line, Piracy), Victoria Porell, Ahmed Rashid (Taliban, Descent into Chaos), Sharifa Sharif, Emanuel Tronic, Ali Wardak, and Jonathan Walter (Essential Field Guides, Editions 1-3)

Essay and Infobrief themes include: 

  • Aid, Agriculture, Buzkashi, Children, Conservation, Corruption, Culture, Drugs, Education, Environment, Forestry, Haqqani Network, Health, Hezb-e-Islami, History, Human Rights, ISAF/NATO, Key Players, Media, Mercenaries, Poetry, Reconstruction & Recovery, Security, Taliban, Women…
  • Plus key travel and security tips, English-Dari and English-Pashto phrase book, where to stay or eat, contacts…
  • As well as InspireBoxes highlighting unusual groups and individuals who have brought positive change to Afghanistan through inspirational initiatives worthy of being replicated or to serve as ideas for the future!

Click Here to buy the 580-page print edition for CHF 38.00/US$ 40.00 for Europe (incl. p&p) or CHF 40.00/US$ 44.00 for USA and rest of world World (incl. p&p) and get the vastly expanded 780-page electronic edition for free with instant search access on computers, IPads, tablets and most Smartphones! Or simply subscribe to the electronic edition for CHF 25.00/US$ 27.50 with free update access for 12 months. Also available on Kindle through You can purchase or sponsor more than one copy. For bulk details, please contact:

Subscriber access for free updates: Whether you buy a print or an electronic edition, you will automatically become a subscriber to the website with access to free EFGA updates for one year. But we also want you to help by contributing articles, book or report reviews, pointers or any other form of data that will enable us to ensure that our guide – your guide – remains as accurate as possible.

Purpose of the Essential Field Guides

For the moment, the Essential Field Guides team has focused on Afghanistan. We wish to continue this work, including making this information available in Dari and/or Pashto ensuring that Afghans on all levels benefit. We would like to do an abridged high school version with many photographs and maps.

Overall, we wish to expand the EFG concept by compiling similar guides to other conflict, post-conflict or humanitarian crisis zones around the world. We can do this by working closely with local and regional journalists, but also experienced international reporters. It is vital, too, that we partner with other media organizations in order to train up a new generation of journalists to ensure quality reporting that serves the international community in a credible and informed manner. The EFG team publishes a partner webzine on global issues: The Essential Edge – The Lake Geneva Review of International Writing (

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