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Ending the War Won’t Solve Afghanistan’s Governance Problem
January 23, 2020

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
November 15, 2019

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?
October 11, 2019

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
October 10, 2019

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?
July 17, 2019

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
June 12, 2019

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
June 05, 2019

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.
An Afghan Peace on Whose Terms?
April 23, 2019

An Afghan Peace on Whose Terms?

By Marvin G. Weinbaum and Samad Sadri
Peace talks are predicated on the notion that the Taliban have fundamentally changed. They haven't.

Is the Taliban’s Former Capital Ready to Welcome Them Back?
April 18, 2019

Is the Taliban’s Former Capital Ready to Welcome Them Back?

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Kandahar has come a long way since Taliban rule. What do its residents think about the peace talks?

Here Come Afghanistan’s Youth
December 01, 2018

Here Come Afghanistan’s Youth

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Afghanistan’s election was a battle between traditional strongmen and young optimists.

Afghan Parliamentary Elections Marred by Technical Troubles and Insecurity
October 21, 2018

Afghan Parliamentary Elections Marred by Technical Troubles and Insecurity

By Franz J. Marty
Despite security risks and technical difficulties, Afghanistan goes to the polls.
The Illusion of Afghanistan's Upcoming Parliamentary Elections
October 17, 2018

The Illusion of Afghanistan's Upcoming Parliamentary Elections

By Nafay Choudhury
Fixing Afghanistan’s broken electoral system requires reforms that alter its fundamental operation.

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