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Alex Strick van Linschoten
Worked at AfghanWire
Attends King's College London
Lived in Sharjah
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Just finished reading the first PDF for the course. Excited to start tomorrow. Not really sure in what direction I'll take things, but I would like to create something together one of my great loves: languages and helping people study languages. I'd ideally like to create something that not only helps me in my ongoing language study, but that other people can use and adapt in a way that is useful for them.
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Yes - as far as I know language hunting started out as where is your keys ...
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Felix and I will be 'hanging out' on Google Plus over the weekend to talk about 'An Enemy We Created'...
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  • AfghanWire
    Co-Founder/Co-Director, 2006 - 2010
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Sharjah - Kabul - Kandahar - London - Ampleforth - Offenburg - Zoetermeer - Salzburg
A graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (BA Arabic and Persian), Alex Strick van Linschoten first came to Afghanistan six years ago as a tourist.  In 2006, he founded AfghanWire together with Felix Kuehn, an online research and media-monitoring group to give a more prominent voice to local Afghan media.

In spring 2010 he published My Life With the Taliban, for which he was a co-editor, to critical acclaim, and is also co-editor of a translated volume of Taliban poetry (forthcoming).  He is currently working on a book and PhD at the War Studies Department of King’s College London on the identity of the Afghan Taliban movement 1978-2001.
He has worked as a freelance journalist from Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon and Somalia, writing for Foreign Policy, International Affairs, ABC Nyheter, The Sunday Times (UK), The Globe and Mail (Canada) and The Tablet (UK).

He speaks Arabic, Farsi, Pashtu and German and can get by in French and Dutch.  He lives permanently in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
  • King's College London
    War Studies PhD, 2009 - present
  • Ampleforth College
    1991 - 2002
  • University of Cambridge
    Music, 2002 - 2003
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Excellent place to stay. On the relatively cheap side -- $40/night. Good internet. Laundry service. Breakfast is a bit boring, but there are lots of places nearby.
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