Nawa is a contributing writer in these anthologies, each published in a different decade of her life. The books are edited by academics, journalists and activists and include other contributing writers who provide nuanced analyses.


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Modern Lives in the Afghanistan-Pakistan Borderlands 

Harvard University Press, 2012

In chapter 13, “Women and the Drug Trade in Afghanistan,” Nawa analyzes the various roles women play in the largest illegal opiates business, from victim to perpetrator. This is an academic, more abridged version of the stories in her book Opium Nation.




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Women for Afghan Women

Shattering Myths and Claiming the Future

Palgrave McMillan, 2002

In the chapter “Two identities, One Mission,” Nawa ponders her role as an Afghan-American whose two countries have gone to war. It’s an emotional discussion of how identity can mobilize change.




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March to War

From Day One to War’s End and Beyond

Avalon, 1991

Nawa’s first published piece on the challenges of being a Muslim high school student during the Gulf War marked the beginning of her writing career. It was so widely published through the Pacific News Service wire that it was included in this anthology of the Gulf War.