The Peculiar Case of Elections Under the Taliban
By Franz J. Marty
The election of neighborhood representatives in Kabul suggests that the Taliban are in some aspects pragmatic, but this experiment will likely remain limited.
Afghanistan’s Failed Constitution
By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
The 2004 constitution is responsible for many of the problems facing Afghanistan today – including the retrenchment of the Taliban.
Afghanistan Has Another Power-Sharing Deal. Can This One Last?
By Hadia Haqparast
To avoid another political crisis in Afghanistan, we need to draw lessons from the National Unity Government (NUG).
A Decentralized Government Is Not the Answer to Afghanistan’s Problems
By Ajmal Burhanzoi
In Afghanistan's case, devolving power to local institutions will only encourage further jihadism designed to wring concessions from the state.
What Kind of Government Do Afghans Want?
By Yaqub Ibrahimi
A political settlement in Afghanistan will require an agreement on regime type: electoral democracy versus emirate. What do the people prefer?
Ending the War Won’t Solve Afghanistan’s Governance Problem
By Gul Maqsood Sabit
Afghanistan has made progress, but without a well-functioning government at the helm all those gains risk being lost.
Prolonged Patience: Elections in Afghanistan
By Gabriel M. Piccillo
The results are still being debated and turnout was low. But Afghanistan’s democracy remains the lone source of hope for the country.
Is Democracy Dying in Afghanistan?
By Jumakhan Rahyab
The recent presidential election, coupled with a long list of government failures, is a serious alarm heralding the death of democracy in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan-Sri Lanka: Natural Partners in Democracy and Development
By M. Ashraf Haidari
Despite occasional challenges, Sri Lanka’s democracy is vibrant and resilient, inspiring younger democracies such as Afghanistan.
What Did the Intra-Afghan Dialogue Accomplish?
By R. Maxwell Bone
The talks were a step in the right direction, but only the beginning of a long, fraught process.
How Free Press Has Strengthened Democracy in Afghanistan
By M. Ashraf Haidari
Afghanistan's free press is providing a critical service for the country's young democracy.
How Afghanistan’s Judiciary Lost Its Independence
By Sayed Ziafatullah Saeedi
For reasons both structural and political, the Afghan Supreme Court has turned into a de facto ally of the president.