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Lessons Obtained from Afghan Presidential Polls 2014

By Dr. Hussain Yasa

In spite of the whole hearted support of the international community for a democratic Afghanistan, the Afghan ruling elite failed to embrace the true spirit of democracy. On the contrary, they prefer the tribal way of rule rather than representative ...

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Afghan Presidential Polls 2014- The Mandate Should Be Respected

By Dr. Hussain Yasa

The world applauded third Afghan Presidential Polls held on 5th April 2014. There were two main reasons for the accolades. Firstly there was a visibly high turn-out. In all areas which they could safely reach, which included the North, Central Highlands ...

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Afghanistan- Karzai Keeps His Word

By Dr. Hussain Yasa

On Saturday, January 25, 2014 President Karzai announced in two different events in Kabul that he would not sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States unless they met his preconditions. Keeping up his anti American rhetoric, he ...

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Afghanistan - The Evolving Election Scenario

By Dr. Hussain Yasa

Nominations for the Afghani presidency opened on the 16th September and with this milestone the country formally entered the pre-election period. Over the next seven months Afghanistan will be ...

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Many Little Kabuls

Bharat Bhushan

He who rules Kabul rules Afghanistan. Or so the old adage went. However, if there is one thing the last 12 years of the Afghan conflict has shown, it is that no king, or modern-day president, can take this for granted any more. Neither US efforts in Doha nor ...

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Karzai backers seek delay in Afghan vote

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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — With a major election just eight months away, power brokers across southern Afghanistan are pressing President Hamid Karzai not to leave office on schedule in 2014, a decision that could complicate the U.S. withdrawal.

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Assessing the Transition in Afghanistan

Sarah Chayes

Policy recommendation- Afghan security forces cannot stabilize the country amid political meltdown, warns Sarah Chayes. In testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Chayes says a different political strategy is needed to wind down U.S. involvement without Afghanistan unraveling.

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An Alternative for Afghan Peace Talks

By DAVID H. YOUNG

Here's something to ponder: Though it is probably years away and though there are countless obstacles preventing talks from even getting started, what might a settlement between the Taliban and the Afghan government look like?

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