Kerry’s options for addressing Afghanistan’s political crisis

The U.S. should use its enormous leverage to seek a solution that both presidential contenders can agree on

July 11, 2014 12:15 PM ET
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks as he stands next to Afghanistan's presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah (L) at the U.S. embassy in Kabul on July 11. Jim Bourg /Reuters

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks as he stands next to Afghanistan’s presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah (L) at the U.S. embassy in Kabul on July 11. Jim Bourg /Reuters

 

As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits Kabul to help defuse electoral tensions in Afghanistan, here are a few points he should consider: First, the politics of the current crisis go well beyond simple allegations about stuffed ballot boxes or discussions about sore losers. Second, the problem is eminently soluble, and a stable and unified Afghanistan can still emerge from it. Third, he will be confronted with contradictory explanations more…