Elections Postponement; Technical Problems or Necessity of Peace Process

  On December 30, 2018, Afghanistan Independent Elections Commission (IEC) announced that the 2019 Presidential Elections that were planned to be held on April 20, 2019, will be held on July 20, 2019. The Provincial Council, District Council and Parliamentary Elections of Ghazni province will be held simultaneously to the Presidential Elections, according to the […]

Announcing Presidential Elections Timeline and its Uncertain Fate 

  Afghan Independent Elections Commission (IEC) announced the schedule for upcoming Presidential Elections on November 28, 2018. The registration of presidential candidates will be commenced from December 22, 2018 up to 12 days, based on the schedule. The primary list of candidates will be announced on January 8, 2019 and the final list will be […]

A Glance at Internal Disputes during Ghani’s Presidential Term

  Ashraf Ghani took the office after the most controversial Presidential Elections in the Afghan history. In the 2014 Presidential Elections, the disputes were as deep as they brought the US Secretary of State to Afghanistan to mediate between Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani’s electoral teams which, then, resulted in establishment of the National Unity […]

Concerns over Transparency in Parliamentary Elections Results

  Parliamentary Elections for the 17th legislative term had been held in the entire countries except for Kandahar and Ghazni on October 20-21, 2018. Although, the elections became held in Kandahar after a week from that date; however, they the elections will be held in Ghazni simultaneous to the Presidential Elections there.   Afghan Independent Elections […]

Deficiencies and Challenges of Parliamentary Elections

  The Afghan Parliamentary Elections was held on 20th and 21st of October where despite countless security challenges, hundreds of thousands of Afghans attending the polling stations in order to cast votes for their favorite candidates in the entire country, except for two provinces. After the voting process, President Ashraf Ghani praised the process through […]

8-year Progress of Wolesi Jirga’s 16th Legislative Term

  The 16th legislative term of the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of the Afghan Parliament), despite its legal 5 years, was active for another privileged 3 years. The Parliamentary Elections should have been held three years ago; however, they were suspended till late 20 October, 2018. Eight million Afghans have been registered for the Parliamentary […]

Barriers Facing the Upcoming Parliamentary Elections

  The upcoming Parliamentary Elections that were supposed to be held almost three years ago  are planned to be held next week on 20 October. Although, a few days remain to the upcoming Parliamentary Elections, the overall atmoshphere in Afghanistan is one of concern and skepticism, putting a shadow on the process of upcoming Parliamentary […]

73rd UNGA and Afghanistan

  Last week, the 73rd meeting of United Nations Generally Assembly was hosted in New York, where Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive of Afghanistan, heading a senior delegation along with other leaders participated in it.   The UN member countries’ leaders and their representatives held meetings with each other and discussed global issues. On the second […]

Zalmay Khalilzad and his expected new mission in Afghanistan 

  Since the last forty years, Zalmay Khalilzad has been a prominent figure in the Afghan-U.S. ties. Last week, Reuters sourcing two U.S. officials, reported that it was likely the U.S. government would place Zalmay Khalilzad as its special envoy to Afghanistan.    The rumors on Zalmay Khalilzad’s appointment as the special U.S. envoy to Afghanistan […]

2019 Presidential Elections and Challenges Ahead

  The Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced the date set for the upcoming presidential elections which they decided would be held on 20 April 2019. Dr. Abdul Badi Sayyad, head of IEC told a press conference that the given date for the presidential elections was chosen based on the country’s constitution and the law […]

Political Coalitions and their Organizational Foundations in Afghanistan 

  In recent years, the Afghan political arena has been witness to confrontations and conflicts between the government, and a number of political parties and politicians in the country. Last week (26 July, 2018), a number of political parties and movements, came together in a ceremony in Kabul, and announced the formation of the “Great […]

Gen. Dostum: a Prominent Figure for Every Afghan President from Dr. Najeeb to Dr. Ghani

  Last week (July 22, 2018), Afghan First Vice-President Gen. Abdul Rasheed Dostum returned to the country after 14 months of exile in Turkey.  The Afghan government; however, states “sickness” the reason behind his stay in Turkey but almost a year and half ago, after he entered into conflict with the government, Gen. Dostum accused […]

Confrontation of Political Parties with Government and Fate of Parliamentary Elections

  On the basis of the Afghan Constitution, the working term of the present parliament was completed at the June 2015. However, the government has thus far failed to hold Parliamentary Elections due to certain political hurdles. Adjournment in holding Parliamentary Elections allowed the working term of the Parliament to last three years longer than […]

Will the President Defeat the Taliban from the Religious Perspective?

  Some of President Ghani’s characteristics contrast him from other Afghan politicians; i.e. decisiveness and continued observation. It was due to his decisiveness that vacillation was not seen in relations with Pakistan in last three years and, in a recent case, it was because of his decisiveness that the controversial process of Electronic ID Cards […]