Afghanistan’s elections over the weekend mark the country’s first democratic handover of power. The buildup to the presidential and provincial elections was marred by suicide bombings and other violent attacks, including the shooting death of an AP journalist on Friday and the kidnapping and killing of a provincial candidate and his supporters by the Taliban. As President Hamid Karzai prepares to step down, how will these changes affect Afghanistan?

Afghanistan Marks First Democratic Transition of Power 7 April,2014forum

Shashank Bengali, South Asia bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times
Karl Eikenberry, former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, retired U.S. Army Lt. General and lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University
Thomas Johnson, research professor in the National Security Affairs Dept. at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey and author of "Culture, Conflict and Counterinsurgency"
Tamim Ansary, lecturer and author of books including "Games Without Rules: The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan"

  • Guest

    I wonder if this transition means the end of cheap opium for the CIA and JSOC, drugs being the currency that funds black ops. Will the Afghans allow the US to continue shipping out yet more tons of opium or will the US Army personnel who are guarding the crops have to leave? I wonder to what degree opium is still needed to permit JSOC to perpetrate its nightly Kristallnacht across the globe, which according to Jeremy Scahill’s research involves murdering anyone they can, presumably before the world holds them accountable, all of it being done on Obama’s orders. Change you can believe in? Hardly. I recall that Mussolini once had a similar policy of targeted killing.

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  • Ehkzu

    What about the fact of Pakistan’s government housing, funding, and directing–to a degree–the Taliban–in Pakistan’s covert war against the Afghan government, in hopes of overthrowing it and making Afghanistan a client state of Pakistan?

    Any chance that India will get involved now that the Western forces are leaving?

  • Ben Rawner

    Could one of your guests explain why Karzai would not sign the security agreement, although all of the candidates say they will sign it. What is the strategy here? Also will any of the candidates stop the ever flowing Opium?

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