The division of Pashtuns, the world's largest tribally-organized society, into Afghanistan and Pakistan has been the proverbial "open wound." As the United States winds down the longest war in its history in Afghanistan, the fate of an estimated 50 million Pashtuns will be central to decide the future of the two neighboring Muslim countries.
Abubakar Siddique is a journalist specializing in coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan. He now edits RFE/RL's "Gandhara" website. He has spent the past fifteen years researching and writing about security, political, humanitarian and cultural issues in Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Pashtun heartland where he was born. In addition to his reporting, Siddique has spoken at Western think tanks and has contributed articles, chapters and research papers to a range of publications. Siddique's unique expertise is brought to bear in The Pashtun Question: The Unresolved Key to the Future of Pakistan and Afghanistan (London: Hurst and Company, 2014).