Afghanistan Takes Another Shot at Democracy
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In more than a fourth of Afghanistan, voters might be risking their lives by participating in next week's national election. But the Obama Administration is hoping the outcome will lead to better governance. On the rebroadcast of today's To the Point, we look at the prospects for a weakened President Hamid Karzai and the realities of corruption, drug dealing and threats from the Taliban.
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Afghanistan Takes Another Shot at Democracy ()
The Obama Administration's "three-legged stool" for Afghanistan includes security, economic development and better governance. More troops are on the way, multi-billion dollar development contracts are being signed and national elections are just over a week away. Will the vote demonstrate political stability in a nation at war? With 40 other candidates on the ballot, President Hamid Karzai may be forced into a runoff. How deep is resentment over governmental corruption and the perception of US influence? Will voters outside Kabul ignore Taliban threats and go to the polls? Will it take deals with warlords and drug traffickers to keep Karzai in office?
- Anand Gopal: Correspondent, Christian Science Monitor
- Ahmad Nader Nadery: Commissioner, Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission
- Elizabeth Rubin: Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
- Sarah Chayes: Special Advisor to the Commander of US Forces in Afghanistan, @CarnegieEndow
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