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Professor Thomas Johnson is a faculty member of the National Security Affairs Department at the Naval Postgraduate School, as well the Director of the Program for Culture Conflict Studies. For two decades, Professor Johnson has conducted research and written on Afghanistan and South Asia. He is a member of the Afghanistan Editorial Board of the National Security Archive. His publications have appeared in the American Political Science Review, International Security, J journal of Politics, Orbis: A Journal of World Affairs, Central Asian Survey, China and Eurasian Forum Quarterly, Small Wars and Insurgencies, Strategic Insights, The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Strategic Review, Politikon: South African Journal of Political Science, Journal of Modern African Studies as well as numerous scholarly edited volumes and texts. His commentaries have appeared in numerous media outlets to include the Atlantic Monthly, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Newsday, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, and on NPR and Voice of America. He spent much of summer 2008 in Afghanistan conducting field research for a book manuscript on the culture and implications' of the Taliban as expressed through their narratives especially in the form of shabnamah or Night Letters?. [+]