Loya Jirga

Afghanistan’s Challenging Transition

Amid hopes and fears, Afghan presidential elections held in the first week of April. The initial results showed Dr. Abdullah, of the three candidates, having a lead in the elections. Though these are not the final results, but Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, former Foreign Minister and Mr. Ashraf Ghani a former Finance Minister and a former […]

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Afghan elections: A formidable challenge

Afghan elections: A formidable challenge

First general election aimed at a peaceful transfer of power is an eye catching event. Most immediate and formidable challenge for the US and the incumbent government of Afghanistan is to make the forthcoming Afghan elections appear as a credible and popular enterprise.  These elections are being seen as a key test of Afghanistan’s progress […]

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President Karzai’s No to BSA

President Karzai’s No to BSA

In a press conference held on Saturday, 25 January 2014, Afghan President Mr. Karzai has once again refused to sign a Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the US stating that he will not sign that unless Washington and Pakistan launch a peace process with Taliban insurgents. Mr. Karzai has repeatedly refused to sign BSA, which […]

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Dichotomy of US-Afghan Relations

Why is President Karzai using delay tactics? Perhaps due to a possible reaction by the Taliban he does not want to take the responsibility of concluding the agreement and wants to leave it for his successor  The much-awaited loya jirga (grand assembly) of Afghanistan was at least convened and after four days of deliberations it […]

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