Graeme Wood

Graeme Wood is a contributing editor at The Atlantic. His personal site is gcaw.net.

  • Helmand: A Nepalese View

    This post is by Anup Kaphle. HELMAND - I am not used to my appearance working in my favor. But one of the most frequent compliments I've bagged in…

  • Marines Rush In

    HELMAND - Residents of Helmand, the southern Afghanistan province that the US Marines are currently storming in their biggest operation since…

  • Re-Engineering the Earth

    Re-Engineering the Earth

    As the threat of global warming grows more urgent, a few scientists are considering radical—and possibly extremely dangerous—schemes for reengineering the climate by brute force. Their ideas are technologically plausible and quite cheap. So cheap, in fact, that a rich and committed environmentalist could act on them tomorrow. And that’s the scariest part.

  • Slideshow: Faces from Afghanistan

    KANDAHAR -- Afghanistan, where I have just landed, is filled with illusions of space and of time. A distance that looks on a map like a short…

  • Out of the Frying Pan

    AN AIR BASE IN KUWAIT - When I flew out of Baghdad, leaving Iraq this most recent of dozens of times, something felt different. Usually when we reach…

  • Striking Camp

    TASH, ANBAR PROVINCE - When Marines leave a city, they do not leave neatly. They are not raptured up, riding ghostly Humvees and MRAPs to the next…

  • Helmand Dreams

    KARMAH - Lt. Peter Brooks, the infantry officer at the base I wrote about a few days ago, flattered me with an invitation to speak to his Marines.…

  • The Mayor has a Question

    FALLUJAH -- I was sure he would cancel the meeting. The night was intensely dusty. Blizzard-like conditions made driving hazardous, even at the…

  • Two Ways of Looking at a War Zone

    KARMAH -- A dispatch by Rod Nordland of the New York Times asks whether the violence in Fallujah -- lately viewed as a model of an Anbar city…

  • The Presentable Americans

    FALLUJAH -- Every Marine officer who sees me reading The Ugly American (another MWR library treasure) nods in recognition and asks me what I think of…

  • The Gathering Dust Storm

    FALLUJAH - Anbar may no longer be Iraq's most dangerous province, but it is still the dustiest. If you are imagining a constant powdery film that…

  • Kebab Fallujah

    FALLUJAH - In 2004, I asked my friend Yasir al-Gabara, an Iraqi Christian, whether pork was cheap here. He said no: very few Iraqi butchers stock it…

  • The Quick and the Safe

    A MARINE BASE NEAR FALLUJAH -- When media describe Fallujah as "an insurgent stronghold outside Baghdad," they don't quite convey just how close the…

  • Buzz Kill

    THE INTERNATIONAL (ex-"GREEN") ZONE, BAGHDAD - In war reporting, the cliche is to pronounce any violence-free day "eerily calm," and then to survey…

  • Baghdad Airport, On Final

    Baghdad International Airport -- Using a shoulder-fired missile to shoot down a plane takes skill, and unless you have practice, training, or a very…

  • The Pleasures of Military Air

    *Passenger terminal, an air base in Kuwait* - I wrote earlier about how all big military bases [resemble each…

  • Reading Lysistrata in Kuwait

    Still in Kuwait, waiting to fly -- Longstanding orders from on high forbid U.S. soldiers in Iraq from doing most of the things soldiers historically…

  • Into the Sandbox

    An air base in Kuwait -- The State of Kuwait looks a bit like Darth Vader's helmet in profile, with Darth looking west, away from the Persian Gulf. …

  • Welcome

    Over southern Iraq -- I first flew over Iraq in November 2004, when the country was still in flames. From my KLM seat I could literally see some of…

  • Will Japan Be Canada?

    Today Japan released first-quarter economic figures, and pleasantly surprised itself by noting that its economy is cratering just a little bit less…

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