Wednesday, July 30, 2014


After Karzai -- Afghan Election 2014

RFE/RL Roundtable: Afghanistan's Presidential Election

Afghan workers unload electoral material dispatched for the Jamee Mosque in Herat, June 13, 2014.
Afghan workers unload electoral material dispatched for the Jamee Mosque in Herat, June 13, 2014.
Afghans will vote on June 14 to decide which of the last candidates standing -- Abdullah Abdullah or Ashraf Ghani -- will be their next president.

The foreign policy issues in play are profound:  NATO troop withdrawal, the Bilateral Security Agreement, religious extremism, and regional security. 
 
Check out our Google + Hangout on the subject which was held on June 13 with expert panelists in Kabul and Prague.
 
Panelists:

Frud Bezhan, RFE/RL’s Central Newsroom Correspondent, live blogging on the campaign, the election, and its repercussions direct from Kabul.
 
Akbar Ayazi, Regional Director of Broadcasting, Prague, overseeing RFE/RL's Afghanistan and Pakistan broadcast services. Ayazi is a frequent commentator on Afghan politics, and before joining RFE/RL, was a broadcaster for Afghan National Radio and TV.
 
Daud Khattak
, Senior Editor with RFE/RL's Pakistan Service, Radio Mashaal.  Khattak, based in Prague, has written for "Foreign Policy," "Christian Science Monitor" and "CTC Sentinel." He is an expert on militancy in Pakistan's tribal areas, the Pakistani Taliban, and Pashtun politics and society.
 
Moderator: Mardo Soghom, RFE/RL’s Regional Director for Iran & Iraq. Based in Prague, Soghom has written extensively on Middle East politics and previously served as News Director for Radio Farda, RFE/RL’s Persian Service.
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About This Live Blog

Afghans went to the polls on June 14 to decide which of two remaining candidates -- Abdullah Abdullah or Ashraf Ghani -- would be their next president. RFE/RL correspondent Frud Bezhan is blogging from Kabul as this historical race nears its conclusion. With contributions by RFE/RL editors.

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