Anand Gopal

Anand Gopal is Assistant Research Professor, Center on the Future of War, School of Politics and Global Studies at ASU. He is a journalist and sociologist (Ph.D., Columbia University) who has worked extensively in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. He has reported for Harpers, the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor and other publications while also producing scholarship based on his fieldwork and complex network analysis. His book, No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban and the War Through Afghan Eyes, was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction and the 2014 National Book Award. He won a George Polk award for magazine reporting in 2017 for his article The Hell After ISIS” in The Atlantic, which tells the struggles of one Iraqi family caught between Islamic State terrorists and United States-backed forces. His current work focuses on ISIS and other political actors in Iraq and Syria, where he travels frequently. He speaks Dari, Pashto and some Arabic.