First Impressions of the Afghan Elections: Field Reports and Analysis from Kabul and Washington

On Wednesday April 9, 2014, the U.S. Institute of Peace hosted one of the first public discussions with experts examining the first reports out of the April 5th elections in Afghanistan.

Read the event coverage, Next Steps for Afghanistan

From left to right, Scott Smith, Peter Manikas, Jed Ober, Hamid Arsalan

Presidential and Provincial Council elections in Afghanistan were held on Saturday, April 5, 2014. The campaign has generated widespread enthusiasm among Afghans, and the political stakes are high. Across the country, millions of Afghans cast their ballots in what will be the country’s first democratic transition of power.

On Wednesday morning, April 9th, USIP hosted a group of experts to provide their first impressions and initial analyses. First, Kabul-based experts, led by USIP Country Director Shahmahmood Miakhel offered their opinions from Kabul by videolink. Then a Washington-based panel added their views and took questions from the audience. The Washington-based panel was led by Scott Smith, director for Afghanistan & Central Asia Programs at USIP.

Take the opportunity to gain a well-informed analysis of the elections, how they went, and what they might mean for Afghanistan’s future by watching the event recording below. Join the conversation on Twitter with #USIPAfghanistan.

  • Hamid Arsalan, Discussant
    Program Officer, National Endowment for Democracy
    Washington, D.C.
  • Najla Ayubi, Discussant
    Deputy Country Representative, The Asia Foundation
  • Jed Ober, Discussant
    Director of Programs, Democracy International
    Washington, D.C.
  • Peter Manikas, Discussant
    Senior Associate & Regional Director for Asia Programs, The National Democratic Institute
    Washington, D.C.
  • Shahmahmood Miakhel, Discussant
    Afghanistan Country Director, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Nader Nadery, Discussant
    Chairman and Founder, Free & Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan
  • Nargis Nehan, Discussant
    Executive Director, Equality for Peace and Democracy
  • Scott Smith, Moderator
    Director, Afghanistan & Central Asia Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace
    Washington, D.C.