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Graeme Smith is Senior Analyst, Afghanistan, with the International Crisis Group. He is based in Kabul.

Graeme joined the International Crisis Group in December 2012 as a Senior Analyst, supervising the small team in Afghanistan. He previously worked as a foreign correspondent for Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, with postings in Moscow (2005), Kandahar (2006-2009), Delhi (2010), and Istanbul (2011). He also served as an Adjunct Scholar for the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. 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. He also won an Emmy in 2009, for a video series that recorded the views of Taliban fighters. His bestselling book, The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan, was published in 2013 by Random House, earning four literary award nominations and winning Canada’s richest non-fiction prize.

Articles by Graeme Smith (1)

  • Taliban factionalism rises after Mullah Omar's death

    The recent confirmation of the death of Mullah Mohammed Omar, the symbolic leader of the Taliban, has added fresh uncertainty to Afghanistan's fledgling peace process.  There were already signs that Taliban unity was under stress, and the internal disagreements that have emerged since the announcement of Omar's death have raised concerns that the insurgency could further dissolve into warring factions.