• Critics of various governments in the MENA region have often pointed to elections, and the extent to which they are free, fair, and transparent, as an example of their lack of legitimacy.

  • Article // Oct 02, 2014
    Marvin Weinbaum, Meena Yousufzy
    Afghanistan is often thought of as a place where some of the world’s most dangerous Islamists have taken refuge, been nurtured, and been allowed to launch regional and global jihad. Yet, with the agreement to form a unity government, the nation has provided an answer to extremism. Admittedly, the presidential election results were so riddled with fraud that it is probably impossible to determine who actually won. But it may nevertheless result in a victory for democracy. Seven million people risked their lives to vote. They voted for two men, both of whom stand for globalization, democracy, economic development, and human rights. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Abdullah Abdullah’s recent agreement on a power sharing relationship could prove to be an important step toward stability and good governance.