“The Road to Herat”
Elizabeth Rubin is a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine. Since October 2001, she has reported extensively from Afghanistan on the overthrow of the Taliban, life and politics under President Hamid Karzai, the rise of the new Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and American counterinsurgency efforts. For the past decade she has worked as a foreign correspondent, writing from Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Russia, the Caucasus, the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans. Her stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly, the New Republic, Harper’s, and the New Yorker.