April 26, 2022
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.
May 26, 2020
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).
January 28, 2020
Afghanistan’s Turbulent Decade
By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
From 2010 to 2020, the Taliban insurgency picked up steam while Afghanistan’s institutional dysfunction deepened.
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.
September 10, 2019
Trump's US-Taliban Move Pushes Afghans Toward Fragile Vote
By Cara Anna
The September 28 election couldn’t happen at a more difficult time.
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.
October 02, 2018
Parliamentary Elections Loom in Afghanistan
By Catherine Putz
After more than three years of delays, Afghanistan's parliamentary polls are set for October 20.
July 04, 2018
A Solution or the Beginning of an Ethnic Crisis in the Afghan Parliamentary Elections?
By Bismellah Alizada
The decision to divide Ghazni into three constituencies could deepen ethnic tensions in the province.
April 20, 2018
Why Elections Could Break the Afghan Peace Process or Fix It
By Noah Coburn
The planned elections could be a part of establishing peace but they pose significant risks as well.
December 30, 2017
Elections Might Make Things Worse for Afghanistan
By Abdullah Elham
Upcoming elections, unless reforms are made, will only increase political instability.
November 28, 2017
Afghan Parliamentary Elections: Huffing and Puffing, But Missing the Bigger Picture
By Nafay Choudhury
The current focus on the shortcomings of the IEC risks overshadowing the bigger problems of electoral representation.
October 02, 2014
Interview: Ashraf Ghani
By Sanjay Kumar
The Diplomat's interview with the new president of Afghanistan.