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New Article on Afghanistan's Electoral Representative Democracy by NSA Professor Tom Johnson

January 4, 2018

The journal Small Wars & Insurgencies recently published an article by NSA Professor Tom Johnson titled “The Illusion of Afghanistan's Electoral Representative Democracy: The Cases of Afghan Presidential and National Legislative Elections.” In the article, Professor Johnson examines structural problems including fraud, ethno-linguistic block voting, and the single non-transferable vote, all of which have impacted the development of Afghan democratic elections. He argues that the challenge of the current Afghan government and future elections is to the Afghan people while not repeating the electoral mistakes of the past—a daunting task, especially given “the context of massive government corruption and a continuing, significant Taliban insurgency wrapped in the narrative of jihad.”

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