A Historic Election in Afghanistan

On April 5, 2014, millions of Afghans will line up to vote for a new president. The final results won't be known until well into May, or even after that, but what they will bring about is historic. For the first time, political power in Afghanistan will be transferred from one elected president to another through a democratic process. This page is dedicated to Asia Society content related to this significant moment in Afghan history, and what has led up to it. 

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In a spirited discussion at Asia Society’s Washington center, three veteran analysts of Afghanistan and Southwest Asia debated the controversy over the results of Afghanistan’s presidential election.
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.
A regular, sustained exchange of ideas and values would signal to Afghan youth that this time, the U.S. isn't about to forget them.
Journalist Anand Gopal speaks frankly about the "tragedy, the catch-22" of Afghanistan on the eve of its 2014 election.
In pictures: Afghanistan gears up for its third presidential election since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.
Because a key condition for the continuation of international aid to Afghanistan is a comprehensive, transparent and credible vote, Saturday's election takes on even greater importance.
Foreign soldiers may be heading home, and several international organizations are fleeing the violence, but there's no shortage of hope and optimism among Afghanistan's young people.
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."
Afghanistan's first-ever presidential debate was televised by Tolo News, which is headed by two executives with Asia Society ties.
Bob Woodruff and Mike Boettcher on covering Iraq, Afghanistan.
Brookings senior fellow Vanda Felbab-Brown delivers a sobering assessment.
Fresh off an Asia Society forum with his peers, Jamil Danish sees a positive future for Afghanistan if elections in 2014 are legitimate.
As Asia Society's Afghanistan 21 Young Leaders prepare to meet in Kabul, Asia Blog spoke with former fellows about the year ahead, which will bring a new president and the withdrawal of U.S. troops.
Introducing the latest group of fellows in Asia Society's landmark Afghanistan 21 program.
Dr. Severine Caluwaerts explains why fear of bomb blasts and poor infrastructure make women's health an uphill struggle in Afghanistan.
Oct. 3: Photos put human face on rights struggles.
Watch highlights from Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul's talk, including what he thinks of Afghanistan's "Twitter generation."
Suchitra Vijayan's photos capture bustling human activity at busy port of entry.

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