Edited by Christopher Merrill

trust me I'm an expert:

talking culture from inside and out

How do citizens and countries want to be perceived abroad? What kinds of representation of our own and other cultures are acceptable and who decides? Trust Me, I’m An Expert explores the many ways we explain our culture and portray other societies while illuminating our most pressing concerns. 


Inspired by the Tricycle Theatre’s The Great Game: Afghanistan—an epic dramatic survey of foreign engagement in Central Asia from the 1840s to the present day—this anthology of essays from six distinguished writers offers an opportunity to examine a host of issues including: the knowledge necessary to make informed judgments and decisions, how the arts can help us understand conflict, the place of religion in the formation of identity and the nature of expertise itself.


Editor Christopher Merrill begins the discussion with a close look at The Great Game: Afghanistan, exploring how the plays’ perspective on Afghan, British, American and Russian interactions speaks to theater’s unique ability to illuminate causality, current issues and our interconnected world. Other contributors include Nushin Arbabzadah, Reza Aslan, Steve Clemons, Christina Lamb, and Sarah E. Lewis (see bios below).

With a foreword by General Sir David Richards, Chief of the General Staff, British Ministry of Defence.