Vladimir Putin's posturing towards Afghanistan has opened a new chapter in the great game in the heart of Asia.
The “unity” government is anything but united. Almost two years after the establishment of the National Unity Government (NUG), Afghanistan is still a political mess and not expected to get any better in the foreseen future.
Perhaps confirming the deep pessimism amongst the Afghan people about the fairness and transparency of Afghanistan’s 2014 presidential elections, there is a lot of political jockeying underway that appears aimed at pre-engineering its result.
Afghans under 35 make up about 75 percent of the country's population. Each one of them was born into war and endured their country's nearly unbroken string of conflicts. And they've come of age as Afghanistan struggles to establish itself as an autonomous country.
Several months after the formation of the National Unity Government (NUG), President Ghani signed into effect a decree establishing the Special Electoral Reform Commission (SERC). Although SERC provided recommendation to the government of Afghanistan on reforming the Independent Election Commission, an incredibly challenging and sensitive task awaits the commission: reforming a heavily politicized commission that brought Afghanistan to the brink of civil war and state of collapse last year.