Monthly Archives: July 2012

Comments on the Taliban statement at Kyoto Conference

  1. It confirms the expectation that the Taliban would use the platform created through Qatar and the international launching of the political commission to conduct political propaganda/communications on behalf of the movement. It is primarily a re-launch of the movement on the world stage and only secondarily a move towards “reconciliation”.

Bomb-proofing Afghan elections

In the absence of any credible roadmap towards peace, Afghanistan seems set to hold its 2014 presidential election in the middle of a war. Whether by design or default, the electoral process will be shaped by that conflict. However Afghanistan and many other countries already have ample experience of what happens when voters go to the polls in conditions of ongoing conflict. There is still time to put in place measures which can to some extent “bomb-proof” the election – i.e. ensure that the