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  • Position : Consultant, "Global & Regional Security: New ideas for Russia" Program
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
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The Terrorist International: Is There a Future For a Democratic Afghanistan?

Vadim Kozyulin

The second round of the presidential elections in Afghanistan in June 2014 was a success, and the country now has Ashraf Ghani as the elected president. However, with the new president the struggle for power in Afghanistan remains far from being over as long as the Taliban exists and presents an existential threat to the current political order in the country. The new Afghan leader has to confront both the Taliban and other radical Islamist groups, and is does stand a quite good chance to succeed with a well-equipped army, trained by NATO instructors, strong support of the international community, technical and information assistance from the U.S. military, some of them still stay in the country despite the withdrawal plan. On the other hand, each month of this struggle illustrates the fact that a young and fragile democratic state is confronting not a single Islamist group, but a global and international terrorist hydra. Vadim Kozyulin, Senior Researcher at the PIR Center shares his insights on the future of democratic Afghanistan.

The Terrorist International: Is There a Future For a Democratic Afghanistan? (full text)


Security Index: A Russian Journal on International Security, Volume 20, Issue 3-4, 2014