Monday, March, 31, 2014

Afghanistan 2014: Dispatches from the Presidential Campaign Trail, New America, Washington

Afghanistan 2014: Dispatches from the Presidential Campaign Trail

Monday, March 31, 2014
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036


On Saturday, April 5, Afghans will head to the polls and vote in Afghanistan’s 2014 presidential election. With current President Hamid Karzai constitutionally barred from running for a third term, the election could mark Afghanistan’s first peaceful transfer of power between two democratically elected governments. No single frontrunner has emerged from the pack of nine presidential contenders, making the possibility of a run-off between the two candidates who receive the most votes – though shy of the necessary 50 percent – more likely.

Faiysal AliKhan, a Carnegie Fellow with the New America Foundation’s International Security Program, spent the last month traveling around Afghanistan, speaking to provincial governors, tribal leaders, government ministers, and several of the candidates about the election, the transition from Karzai to his successor, and the withdrawal of foreign troops at the end of December.

Please join New America as AliKhan shares what he learned on the campaign trail, and other experts discuss what the 2014 election will mean for Afghanistan’s future.

Join the conversation online using #Afghanistan2014 and following @NatSecNAF.

If you are unable to join us in person, please tune in to our live webcast of the event. No sign up is required to view the streaming video.

Faiysal AliKhan
Carnegie Fellow, International Security Program, New America Foundation
CEO, Foundation for Integrated Development Action

Clare Lockhart
Co-founder and Director, Institute for State Effectiveness

Omar Samad
Senior Central Asia Fellow, New America Foundation
Former Afghan Ambassador to Canada and France

Peter Bergen
Director, International Security Program, New America Foundation