Afghanistan: Twin seat on the rollercoaster

The unwieldy compromise that resolved a disputed election offers Kabul a glimmer of hope

The World Today
Published 1 October 2014 Updated 22 February 2021 2 minute READ

Michael Keating

Executive Director, European Institute of Peace

This has been a roller-coaster year for Afghans. It has included vigorous presidential and provincial election campaigns, a protracted political crisis, the formation of a government of national unity, the inauguration of a president with big new ideas, a financial crunch, devastating natural disasters, widening Taliban attacks and a surge in the number of Afghans being killed. Meanwhile, the US-led International Security Assistance Force is winding down and will conclude in December.

Many hope that the ride will be less nerve-racking from now on. But the future may be just as tumultuous.

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