- Staff Writer
Joshua Partlow has been the Kabul bureau chief of the Washington Post since the summer of 2009. Before coming to Afghanistan, he worked as the Post’s correspondent in South America, based in Rio de Janeiro, and as a correspondent in Iraq. Partlow joined the Washington Post in 2003 as an intern on the financial desk and later worked for the metro section covering the Maryland suburbs. He grew up in Olympia, Washington
As U.S. forces begin to draw down, they are leaving behind a governance vacuum.
When international donors meet Sunday to chart Afghanistan’s economic future, they will be asked to pledge more support in exchange for the Afghan government’s promises to clean up corruption. It won’t be the first time such vows are made.
Bureaucrat Abdullah Dowrani’s ability to resolve the Kabul Bank scandal has emerged as a key test of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s commitment to fighting corruption.
In interview, Afghan defense minister says air force doesn’t have “all the air assets . . . required for independent operations.”