Afghanistan Marks First Democratic Transition of Power

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Afghanistan's elections over the weekend mark the country's first democratic handover of power. The buildup to the presidential and provincial elections was marred by suicide bombings and other violent attacks, including the shooting death of an AP journalist on Friday and the kidnapping and killing of a provincial candidate and his supporters by the Taliban. As President Hamid Karzai prepares to step down, how will these changes affect Afghanistan?


Shashank Bengali, South Asia bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times

Karl Eikenberry, former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, retired U.S. Army Lt. General and lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University

Thomas Johnson, research professor in the National Security Affairs Dept. at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey and author of "Culture, Conflict and Counterinsurgency"

Tamim Ansary, lecturer and author of books including "Games Without Rules: The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan"