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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Afghanistan expert and Asia Society Associate Fellow Thomas Gouttierre says non-military job creation is key to a successful exit for the U.S. military in Afghanistan.
Asia Society’s Pakistan 2020 Study Group provides recommendations to address Pakistan's political, social, and economic challenges over the coming decade.
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U.S. General John Allen offers an optimistic assessment of Afghanistan's armed forces and, even more so, its young people.
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U.S. General John Allen joins Martha Raddatz of ABC News for a look at Afghanistan's future in general and its security situation in particular.
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The U.S. special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan presents a detailed analysis of his work in the region.
Asia Society Afghanistan 21 Young Leader Ameen Habibi is hopeful for the future of Afghanistan because of its young people.
Asia Society Afghanistan 21 Young Leader Salma Alokozai cites some of the challenges and prospects facing young Afghans after 2014.
Freshta Karim argues that despite an uncertain security scenario looming after 2014, the gains of the past 12 years still give young Afghans hope.
Sadiq Amini lays out four challenges for Afghan youth today, such as the older generation's lack of confidence in their leadership abilities.
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam underlines the importance of young Afghans to the country's present, not just its future.
Ahmad Shuja emphasizes the importance of empowerment and education for the younger generation of Afghans.
Asia Society Afghanistan 21 Young Leader Jamil Danish outlines the differing outlooks among three generations of today's Afghans.
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The co-founder and President of the School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA), describes some of the mother-daughter relationships she has encountered among her students.
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Shabana Basij-Rasikh, Severine Caluwaerts and Gülden Türköz-Cosslett assess prospects for the empowerment of women in Afghanistan.

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