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Previewing Afghanistan’s Upcoming Presidential Election

Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani gestures during his election campaign rally in Kabul, September 13, 2019

On September 28, Afghans will go to the polls for a presidential election amid serious security risks and concerns about election technology, among other issues.

What can we expect from this election? What do Afghans think about it, and what playout in terms of turnout? What is the risk of a contested result and a post-election political crisis, as was the case after the last presidential election in September 2014?

The latest episode of the AfPak File, the joint podcast series of the Wilson Center and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, explores these questions and more.

The panelists are Sami Mahdi, Kabul bureau chief for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Afghan Service, Locally known as Radio Azadi ; Mariam Wardak, an Afghan-American political activist; Frud Bezhan, Afghanistan correspondent RFE/RL; and Michael Kugelman, senior associate for South Asia and Asia Program deputy director at the Wilson Center. Muhammad Tahir, RFE/RL media manager in Washington, DC, is the moderator.

AfPak File: Previewing Afghanistan’s Upcoming Presidential Election
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