Tag: Karzai

Afghans’ Vote Re-Shuffles the Diplomatic Deck

Afghans’ Vote Re-Shuffles the Diplomatic Deck

Amid the country's presidential election, Afghans have created new opportunities for Afghanistan. Afghans' surprisingly enthusiastic participation in their presidential campaign and the election on April 5 should jolt citizens and foreigners alike out of their pessimism about the...

Afghanistan: At a Turning Point

Afghanistan: At a Turning Point

The presidential election is vital not only for Afghanistan’s future, but also for the region's stability. Vivek Katju Afghanistan goes to the polls on April 5 to elect a president who will succeed Hamid Karzai. The election will mark a political transition from the Karzai-era. The...

Our Man in Kabul: America and the Next President of Afghanistan

Our Man in Kabul: America and the Next President of Afghanistan

What does Washington hope for from Afghanistan's next leader? After 13 long years, over a trillion dollars spent and thousands of lost lives, the United States is finally bowing out of Afghanistan. To outsiders, Afghanistan might still seem like a fragile state racked by continuous...

The Afghanistan Presidential Election: A Guide

The Afghanistan Presidential Election: A Guide

Who will become Afghanistan's next president? Background Elections in Afghanistan are set to be held on April 5, 2014. Incumbent President Hamid Karzai is constitutionally barred from seeking a third term in office. Several candidates are on the ballot — among the frontrunners being...

The Race to Save Mes Aynak (Part 2/2)

The Race to Save Mes Aynak (Part 2/2)

What will the fate of Afghanistan's culture be? Fair Observer’s Central & South Asia Editor, Will Calhoun, speaks to Brent E. Huffman about the efforts to preserve Mes Aynak — a vast and rich archaeological site in Logar Province,...

The Race to Save Mes Aynak (Part 1/2)

The Race to Save Mes Aynak (Part 1/2)

What will the fate of Afghanistan's culture be? Years of war have ravaged Afghanistan's archeological heritage. The demolition of the Buddhas of Bamiyan only presaged what would be a decade of destruction, smuggling, and looting of Afghanistan's rich...

Fair Observer: Best of the Month

Fair Observer: Best of the Month

Fair Observer's five best articles of November. The key event of November was the nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1. The US, the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany got together with Iran to agree to give Tehran temporary relief from sanctions for accepting restrictions on its nuclear...

Afghan “Zero” Option Moves Front But Not Center

Afghan “Zero” Option Moves Front But Not Center

Is Obama's "zero option" a wise choice in Afghanistan? President Obama's determination to keep on the table the so-called "zero option" of a complete withdrawal of all American military forces from Afghanistan next year is not simply a bargaining ploy to bring to heel...

The Curious Case of India’s Reluctance in Afghanistan

The Curious Case of India’s Reluctance in Afghanistan

A startling dichotomy is at play with India’s foreign policy in Afghanistan. There is an increasingly haunting gap between India’s opportunities and its strategic outcomes. India has historically enjoyed amicable relations with every government in Kabul with the exception of the...

The Unwanted (Part 2/2)

The Unwanted (Part 2/2)

Part 2 of a series which looks at the fractious upcoming Afghan presidential election next year. Another potential candidate is Asadullah Khalid. Khalid is a Karzai loyalist, and currently the head of the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s domestic intelligence agency....

The Unwanted (Part 1/2)

The Unwanted (Part 1/2)

A Look at the Fractious Upcoming Presidential Election in Afghanistan On February 15 2013 U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham appeared with Nangarhar Governor Gul Agha Sherzai in a joint press conference to announce the U.S.’s plans to support fair and free Presidential and provincial elections...

Afghanistan: Goodbye to All That?

Afghanistan: Goodbye to All That?

As the US prepares to exit Afghanistan, what will be the consequences? Background As the conflict in Afghanistan enters its 12th year, the US is poised to withdraw 34,000 troops from the war-torn country by next year. The consequences of the withdrawal will be enormous. The Taliban remain a...

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