The first round of the Afghan presidential election has just ended with current President Hamid Karzai and his former foreign minister, Abdullah Abdullah, both declaring victory. The final results of these elections will weigh heavily not only on the future stability of Afghanistan, but also on regional and international security. This, as Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, described a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan with the Taliban gaining strength.
On Wednesday, August 26, just after returning from an observation trip to Afghanistan, Brookings expert Michael O’Hanlon answered your questions about that country’s election in a live web chat with Fred Barbash, senior editor of Politico.
ExpertMichael E. O’Hanlon Director of Research - Foreign Policy, Director - Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology, Co-Director - Africa Security Initiative, Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology, Philip H. Knight Chair in Defense and Strategy