Noah Coburn

Noah Coburn (@NoahSCoburn) is a political anthropologist at Bennington College, who focuses on political processes, including elections, in Afghanistan and elsewhere in Southasia. His most recent book, Under Contract: The Invisible Workers of America’s Global Wars, was published in 2018 by Stanford University Press.

Disputed poll, divided government?

Afghan election results will determine the prospect for peace talks.

Oct 03, 2019

Killed by contract

American wars, Nepali bodies and the price of the war economy.

Oct 08, 2018

Foothold in history

At Bagram Airbase, the withdrawal of American troops is in full swing and everything must go

Mar 02, 2016

Latest Articles

Remaking #MeToo in Sri Lanka

A personal reflection on the limits and possibilities of the social-media phenomenon.

‘A picture of malicious intention’

On the Chinese embassy’s undiplomatic letter to a Nepali newspaper.

Between big data and big brother

Why the overwhelming control over data by governments and large corporations doesn’t bode well for democracy.