Ahmed Rashid is a Pakistani journalist based in Lahore, who has covered Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia for a variety of publications since 1979. He is the author of Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan (2012); Descent into Chaos: The US and the Disaster in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia (2008); Jihad (2002); Taliban (2000); and The Resurgence of Central Asia (1994). Both Taliban and Descent into Chaos are on course lists at over 200 universities and defence colleges around the world. He has also recently published a book of his poetry titled This Side of the River (2022). Foreign Policy magazine chose him, twice, as one of the world’s most important 100 Global Thinkers in 2009 and 2010. In December 2009, he was appointed a member of the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists and in 2018 he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group. He has also served on the Board of Advisers for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva for five years.