July 19-22, 2017
On Saturday, polls opened to allow Afghani voters to elect their successor to the Hamid Karzai administration in the second democratic election since the ouster of the Taliban in 2001. Despite typical efforts by the Taliban to intimidate the public, it is predicted that voters will turn out in record numbers as the nation prepares for the first democratic transition of power in its history. Peter Bergen, National Security Analyst for CNN, points out that a strong showing at the polls may be an indicator that society in Afghanistan is sowing seeds of civic engagement – not war – in the 2014 Afghani Presidential Elections.
Read more from Peter Bergen in CNN here.