The Election in Afghanistan

Monday, August 24, 2009

Last Thursday, Afghanistan's voters headed to the polls amid increasing levels of violence. President Hamid Karzai and one of his challengers, Abdullah Abdullah, have both claimed victory. Sarah Chayes, former NPR correspondent who lives and works in Kandahar, and Bobby Ghosh, senior editor for Time magazine, give us an update on what's going in Afghanistan as the votes continue to be tallied.

Read Bobby Ghosh's latest story, "Afghan Mission Creep: Back to Nation-Building," here.

Sarah Chayes was on the Leonard Lopate Show December 12, 2008. You can listen to that interview here.


Sarah Chayes and Bobby Ghosh
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Comments [2]

Scott from West Long Branch, NJ

It seems this focus on the elections is a distraction from what matters in Afghanistan, which is the lack of social and economic rights. All the election did was provide Afghanis with a choice between venal politicians. This election will not make the people better off.

Aug. 24 2009 12:18 PM
uos from queens

hey hey, interesting discussion, but could you turn up and filter Sarah Chayes audio a bit? It sounds like she's talking through a pillow from across the room. Thanks

Aug. 24 2009 12:13 PM

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