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The Afghan Ballot Test | Al Jazeera

  • By
  • Omar Samad,
  • New America Foundation
July 14, 2014 |
If Afghans fail to avoid political polarisation and ethnic chauvinism, it will imperil the post-2014 transition process.

Voices on Afghanistan: How to Resolve the Election Dispute | The National

  • By
  • Omar Samad,
  • New America Foundation
July 12, 2014 |
A two-track approach is needed to solve the current election dispute in Afghanistan, says Omar Samad, a former Afghan diplomat. Lingering questions regarding the election’s legitimacy will only lead to more problems down the road.

Kerry in Kabul Wielding Aid Threat to End Election Stalemate | Sydney Morning Herald

July 11, 2014
"The problem is there's a total loss of trust in the Afghan institutions and the way they've handled their job because even the issue of how many ballots to audit and how many people voted are up in the air," said Omar Samad, the president of Silk Road Consulting, a Washington-based geopolitical advisory firm.

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Gen. Barry Mccaffrey Says Vietnam-Generation Media, Pols Distrust U.S. Military | Breitbart News

July 10, 2014
"So, Iraq is coming apart, and I think in the long run, Richard Haas (president of the Council on Foreign Relations) has a pretty good explanation of it, as does ("American War Generals" executive producer) Peter Bergen, that we're seeing fault lines develop on World War I geographical boundaries that inadequately identified national entities."

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Post Afghan Election Protests Amid Hope and Havoc | Voice of Russia

July 8, 2014
“IEC rushed [in announcing the preliminary results] even though there was already a delay knowing how sensitive the situation is, they should have contemplated auditing more sites” said Ambassador Omar Samad, founder and president of Silkroad Consulting L.L.C. based in Virginia. He served as Ambassador of Afghanistan to France (2009-2011), and Ambassador to Canada (2004-2009) and he is currently senior central Asia Fellow at New America Foundation in Washington, D.C.
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