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US Envoy: Candidates' Support of 'National Unity' Is Key to Next Afghan Government

Amb. James Dobbins, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, speaks at the Asia Society Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. on July 9, 2014. (Christina Dinh/Asia Society)

Ambassador James Dobbins, U.S. Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, said Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani will need to come to a consensus about forming the next Afghan government.

Photos: A Glimpse of Afghanistan Before and During a Historic Election [UPDATED]

An Afghan roadside vendor hangs scarves next to political leaflets on a wall in Kabul on April 4, 2014. Some 12 million Afghans will go to the polls on April 5 to elect a new president. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)
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In pictures: Afghanistan gears up for its third presidential election since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. Incumbent Hamid Karzai, who has held office since 2004, will step down to make room for a new head of state.

Yes, the Afghanistan Election is Important — But So is the Day After

Afghan men crowd a field at a political rally during a campaign stop by presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul in Bamiyan on April 1, 2014. (Hashmatullah/AFP/Getty Images)
Current AffairsPolicy

A member of Asia Society's Afghanistan Young Leaders Initiative reminds readers that Afghanistan's April 5 election is "only a means to an end — a stable, peaceful, inclusive, and prosperous Afghanistan."

2014: South Asia's Make or Break Year

An Afghan policeman stands guard at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on July 2, 2013. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

2013 was a challenging year for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and this year could define the fate of the region for years to come. The U.S. can enhance stability by pursuing a regional strategy.

Fourteen for '14: What *Might* Happen in Asia in the Coming Year

Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, an avowed rock fan, tries some air guitar while traveling by van to a site inspection in Jakarta on Aug. 22, 2013. The charismatic governor is predicted to make a run for Indonesia's presidency in 2014. (Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

From Afghanistan to Indonesia, with a detour into World Cup soccer, Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski tries his hand at prognosticating for 2014.

Young Afghan Leader Says Fair Elections Will Prevent New 'Dark Ages' in His Country

Asia Society 21 Afghanistan Young Leader Jamil Danish in Kabul in October 2013.
Policy

As the international press fixates on worst-case scenarios for Afghanistan's future, a new generation of Afghans set their sights on free and fair elections leading to a legitimate government in 2014.

Afghanistan Civilian Killings Give Taliban 'Forum' to Align With Afghan Public

U.S. soldiers keep watch at the entrance of a military base near Alkozai village following the shooting of Afghan civilians allegedly committed by a rogue U.S. soldier in Panjwayi district, Kandahar province on March 11, 2012. (Jangir/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

A U.S. sergeant's slaying of 16 Afghan civilians could not only stall U.S. efforts to negotiate with the Taliban, but give the group more public support ahead of U.S. combat troop withdrawal next year, according to Asia Society experts.