Disaffection Prevails Among Afghans Today (Post)

In April of 2014, when I visited Afghanistan to observe its third national election, the spring air in Kabul was filled with the anticipation, hope and determination of common men and women exercising their democratic rights to vote in the face of severe threats from the Taliban. But with a second round of the election, hopes for a democratically elected leg… Read More

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CIDA’s Summative Evaluation and On-the-ground Realities in Afghanistan (Post)

In March 2015, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development released the Synthesis Report: Summative Evaluation of Canada’s Afghanistan Development Program. On April 14, CIPS and its Fragile States Research Network (FSRN) held a panel to discuss the evaluation’s methods, findings and recommendations. This series of blog posts by Nip… Read More

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Reflections on Gender in the DFATD Evaluation of Canada’s Afghanistan Development Program (Post)

By Sarah Tuckey In March 2015, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development released the Synthesis Report: Summative Evaluation of Canada’s Afghanistan Development Program. On April 14, CIPS and its Fragile States Research Network (FSRN) held a panel to discuss the evaluation’s methods, findings and recommendations. This series of b… Read More

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DFATD’s Evaluation of Canadian Aid to Afghanistan: A Missed Opportunity (Post)

In March 2015, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development released the Synthesis Report: Summative Evaluation of Canada’s Afghanistan Development Program. On April 14, CIPS and its Fragile States Research Network (FSRN) held a panel to discuss the evaluation’s methods, findings and recommendations. This series of blog posts by Nip… Read More

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Learning from the Evaluation of Canada’s Engagement in Afghanistan: Challenges and Opportunities (Post)

In March 2015, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development released the Synthesis Report: Summative Evaluation of Canada’s Afghanistan Development Program. On April 14, CIPS and its Fragile States Research Network (FSRN) held a panel to discuss the evaluation’s methods, findings and recommendations. This series of blog posts by Nip… Read More

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An Imperfect Election and New Government Offer Only Glimmers of Hope for Afghanistan (Post)

The formation of a National Unity Government (NUG) in Afghanistan, ending the long 2014 presidential election process, has been hailed by international leaders as a peaceful and democratic transfer of power. Objective analysts, however, question the merits of such a view. The ethnically divided second-round election in Afghanistan raised concerns a… Read More

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Short-term Hopes for a Unity Government as Prospects for Afghan Democracy Darken (Post)

Afghanistan’s never-ending election process is continuing past the quarter-year mark as political, economic and security crises loom large on the horizon. A democratic election, providing the opportunity for popular participation in forming a government, also helps build legitimacy for the government formed. But the harvest of legitimacy canno… Read More

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Afghanistan’s Never-Ending Election Multiplies Causes for Concern (Post)

A relatively orderly and peaceful first-round election in Afghanistan this year saw an almost 60% voter turnout in defiance of Taliban threats, symbolizing Afghans’ determination to unite in the interest of peace and stability. The democratic process appeared to have united the country’s factions. However, a second round of election, made necess… Read More

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Ethnic Divisions Mar Afghanistan’s Second-Round Elections (Post)

The Afghan election, which started with enormous enthusiasm from Afghan voters, the government and the international community, has turned sour. It is now marred with disputes centred on ethnic (mainly Pashtun/Tajik) divisions, splitting the country along ethnic lines and driving it towards a 1990s civil war scenario. With the disputes around allege… Read More

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