Will Calhoun

Will Calhoun is the former Central & South Asia Editor at Fair Observer, having previously held the position of Associate Editor. He holds a degree in Political Science from Kenyon College. His main research interests lie in Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

Yet Another Brutal Murder Shocks Bangladesh

March 31, 2015

Following the brutal murder of Avijit Roy, another writer has been killed in Bangladesh. Washiqur Rahman, a Bangladeshi blogger, was hacked to death on the streets of Dhaka on March 30. Two men were taken into custody and police are still looking for a third. Rahman, aged 27, used satire...

Sectarian Violence Threatens An Already Unstable Pakistan

February 15, 2015

Sectarian violence in Pakistan is nothing new, but its growth in recent years is troubling. The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on a Shiite mosque on February 13. The atrocity in Peshawar left at least 20 dead and over 60 injured. This is the latest act...

Echoes of War

November 01, 2014

War will always be with us in some form. This August, we marked the centenary of the beginning of World War I – the Great War. It was supposed to be the “war to end all wars.” The conflict introduced battle tactics that seemed novel at the time, and also forever changed warfare from...

The Afghanistan Presidential Election: A Guide

April 04, 2014

Who will become Afghanistan's next president? Background Elections in Afghanistan are set to be held on April 5, 2014. Incumbent President Hamid Karzai is constitutionally barred from seeking a third term in office.

The Race to Save Mes Aynak (Part 2/2)

February 02, 2014

What will the fate of Afghanistan's culture be? [Note: Read part one here.] Fair Observer’s Central & South Asia Editor, Will Calhoun, speaks to Brent E. Huffman about the efforts to preserve Mes Aynak — a vast and rich archaeological site in Logar Province, Afghanistan.

The Race to Save Mes Aynak (Part 1/2)

February 01, 2014

What will the fate of Afghanistan's culture be? [Note: Click here to view the photo feature.] Years of war have ravaged Afghanistan's archeological heritage. The demolition of the Buddhas of Bamiyan only presaged what would be a decade of destruction, smuggling, and looting of Afghanistan's rich culture.

The Unwanted (Part 2/2)

April 02, 2013

Part 2 of a series which looks at the fractious upcoming Afghan presidential election next year.

Afghanistan: Goodbye to All That?

February 24, 2013

As the US prepares to exit Afghanistan, what will be the consequences? Background As the conflict in Afghanistan enters its 12th year, the US is poised to withdraw 34,000 troops from the war-torn country by next year. The consequences of the withdrawal will be enormous. The Taliban remain a serious...