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30 Sep 2007 description

Political

The general situation in Afghanistan remains unstable. The usually strained relationship with Pakistan has seen a temporary relaxation thanks to the joint peace jirga which was held in Kabul from 9-12 August. The peace jirga - an initiative built on a traditional Afghan conflict resolution mechanism - brought together around 650 participants from the Pashtun community living along the Afghan-Pakistani border. The Pakistani and Afghan delegations were comprised of government officials, retired bureaucrats, tribal elders and politicians.

31 May 2007 description

POLITICAL

The situation in Afghanistan remains unstable and insecure. Following its formation in March, the heterogeneous United National Front (UNF; Jabhe-ye-Motahed-e-Milli) has announced its major demands: a change from the presidential to a parliamentary system, proportional voting in elections, election of provincial governors, coordination of activities of foreign troops and Afghan security forces (thus "legalizing" their presence), recognition of the Durand Line, and talks with armed groups (e.g. moderate Taliban).

22 Dec 2006 description

Risk Assessment:

- Over the whole year the security situation was worse than ever since the ousting of the Taliban in 2001. Within the reported period the number of Forceful Events maintained a very high level and, though they dropped significantly with the onset of the fall, the Country Stability Index hardly exceeds the number of Forceful Events. The level of the Country Stability Index was never as low in the past years as in 2006 and the Forceful Events never as manifold.