№10: New Strategy for Afghanistan? Political Reform – First! Cover Image

№10: New Strategy for Afghanistan? Political Reform – First!
№10: New Strategy for Afghanistan? Political Reform – First!

Author(s): Piotr Krawczyk
Subject(s): Government/Political systems, International relations/trade, Security and defense, Electoral systems, Geopolitics, Corruption - Transparency - Anti-Corruption
Published by: Polski Instytut Spraw Międzynarodowych
Keywords: Afghanistan; new strategy; political reform; manipulated presidential elections; security; dysfunctional political system; political stability;
Summary/Abstract: The manipulated presidential election of August 2009 has provided new rationale for increasingly negative assessments of the situation in Afghanistan. The Afghans’ growing mistrust of the authorities and the administration looms, alongside the insurgents’ activities, as the country’s gravest problem. The sources of the state’s illness include not only the dismal economy and a lack of security, but a dysfunctional political system divorced from the country’s social realities. The system breeds corruption and conflicts and obstructs the discharge of the state’s fundamental functions. It follows that much of Afghanistan’s instability has internal political roots which, unless removed, will render enduring improvement of the country’s situation impossible.

  • Page Count: 5
  • Publication Year: 2009
  • Language: English