Are Warlords Good for Democracy?

One of the interesting pieces of the continued debates, dialogues and conflict over the result of the first round of voting in Afghanistan is the way in which many warlords and former commanders have not just remained in the process, but are beginning to try to use the process to their advantage.  High voter turnout, but also the continued inclusion of rather notorious figures like Dostum and Atta, demonstrates the fact that elections have become an important part of Afghan political processes.  For some more complete thoughts on this issue see this piece in the Washington Post by Dipali Mukhopadhyay and Frances Z. Brown linked here

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