Alim Remtulla (2016) spent six years from 2009 to 2015 traveling Afghanistan, researching political, economic and security challenges on behalf of the private sector, non-profits and the media. His work has appeared in The Times of London, Forbes, Foreign Policy, The Economist and other international media outlets. Before his time in Afghanistan, he spent two years in New York advising hedge funds, investment banks and policymakers on geopolitics and international markets. He has a Masters from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and reported on Capitol Hill, the SEC and the Pentagon for the Financial Times DC bureau.
While at the Carey Institute, Alim will work on a book about the international community’s withdrawal from Afghanistan told using some of the intervention’s less-known but essential themes of cultural identity, youth politics, economic development, foreign policy, and post-conflict reconstruction. The narrative unfolds through the perspective of a handful of characters, both foreign and Afghan, positioned at the unique interstice between intervention and withdrawal. The book is colored with vignettes from Afghanistan’s history of occupation, from Alexander the Great to the Soviet Empire.