While Afghanistan may be emerging from the period of great uncertainty that followed the fraud-ridden presidential run-off of June 2014, it is far from out of the woods. William Maley identified some of the key problems that Afghanistan needs to overcome in order to achieve even a modicum of stability under the new coalition government of President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and CEO Abdullah Abdullah. Carnegie’s Frederic Grare moderated.
William Maley is the foundation director of the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy in Canberra. He is a barrister of the High Court of Australia and vice president of the Refugee Council of Australia.His latest publications include The Afghanistan Wars (2009) and Fundamentalism Reborn: Afghanistan under the Taliban (1998). His next book, Reconstructing Afghanistan: Civil-Military Experiences in Comparative Perspectives, will be released in December 2014.
Frederic Grare is senior associate and director of Carnegie’s South Asia Program. He works on India’s Look East policy, on Afghanistan and Pakistan’s regional policies, and on the tension between stability and democratization, including civil-military relations, in Pakistan.