Reason to Worry
Areport recently released by the International Crisis Group (ICG) titled, “Afghanistan: The Long, Hard Road to the 2014 Transition” puts forth a bleak prospect for the war-torn coun- try. Blatantly criticizing the now 11 year war in Afghanistan, the report comes at a time when NATO is already struggling to reduce Green-on-Blue attacks and strategize a responsible and stable withdrawal in 2014.
Detrimental to the interests and resolve of the international community, the report states that the country is likely to fall into a trap of chaos and uncertainty, should it enter another round of fraudulent elections. The Afghan government is already struggling to take control of the country after 130,000 troops withdraw in the next two years and results such as this, dash any hope, no matter how little. The report is also increasingly crit- ical of President Karzai stating that the President is solely interested in retaining his power through any means necessary and is uninterested in establishing the credibility of the system. With elections around the corner, Karzai has taken minimal steps to ensure a free and fair election; one that would be imperative for a stable and prosperous Afghanistan. According to the constitution, Karzai will not be allowed to run for another term in the up-coming elections but observers suspect that he will try his utmost to elect a puppet ally, who will ensure Karzai’s inherent involvement in the running of the state. “The danger is President Karzai’s top priority is maintaining control, either directly or via a trusted proxy,” the report states.