Neil Shea

Neil Shea is a Scholar contributing editor. He is also a regular contributor to National Geographic, where he has written about conflict and cultural change in East Africa. His Afghanistan reports for the Scholar include “So This Is Paktya” (Summer 2010) and “A Gathering Menace” (Spring 2012). Follow him on Instagram at @neilshea13.

A Tale of War and Forgetting

Rescuing the memory of a cataclysm

by Neil Shea | Monday, September 08, 2014

What Michael Herr Meant to Me

On Dispatches, mentors, and writing about war

by Neil Shea | Friday, July 08, 2016

A Bizarre Bazaar

by Neil Shea | Monday, September 07, 2015

Letter from Kakuma Camp, Kenya: Nowhere Girl

by Neil Shea | Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Do Not Kill

The first report in our new Afghanistan series, “Snapshots of a Fading War”

by Neil Shea | Monday, December 17, 2012

W. S. Merwin’s The Book of Fables

Wonder can matter more than statistics and facts

by Neil Shea | Monday, July 06, 2015

Learning to Let It Happen

by Neil Shea | Monday, February 03, 2014

The After-War

Some wounds don’t bleed

by Neil Shea | Friday, December 06, 2013

Letter from Afghanistan: A Gathering Menace

Traveling with U.S. troops gives insights into the recent massacre

by Neil Shea | Thursday, March 01, 2012

A Good Soldier Gone Bad

Demanding answers from a war criminal

by Neil Shea | Wednesday, June 12, 2013

You Make Us Soft

The last report in our Afghanistan series, "Snapshots of a Fading War"

by Neil Shea | Monday, March 18, 2013

Long Distance

From our continuing Afghanistan series, “Snapshots of a Fading War”

by Neil Shea | Monday, March 11, 2013

Dragons

From our continuing Afghanistan series, "Snapshots of a Fading War"

by Neil Shea | Monday, March 04, 2013

Old Ink

From our continuing Afghanistan series, “Snapshots of a Fading War”

by Neil Shea | Monday, February 25, 2013

Donuts

From our continuing series, "Snapshots of a Fading War"

by Neil Shea | Monday, February 18, 2013

The Theorist

From our continuing Afghanistan series, “Snapshots of a Fading War”

by Neil Shea | Monday, February 11, 2013

Helicoptero

From our continuing Afghanistan series, “Snapshots of a Fading War”

by Neil Shea | Monday, February 04, 2013

The Cook

From our continuing Afghanistan series, “Snapshots of a Fading War”

by Neil Shea | Monday, January 28, 2013

Target Practice

From our continuing Afghanistan series, “Snapshots of a Fading War”

by Neil Shea | Monday, January 21, 2013

A Moment Alone

From our continuing Afghanistan series, “Snapshots of a Fading War”

by Neil Shea | Monday, January 14, 2013

Gravity

From our continuing Afghanistan series, “Snapshots of a Fading War”

by Neil Shea | Monday, January 07, 2013

Repetition, Truth

From our continuing Afghanistan series, “Snapshots of a Fading War”

by Neil Shea | Monday, December 31, 2012

Christmas Day

From our continuing Afghanistan series, “Snapshots of a Fading War”

by Neil Shea | Monday, December 24, 2012

Afghanistan: ‘So This Is Paktya’

How ready are our allies to secure their own country?

by Neil Shea | Tuesday, June 01, 2010