The Karzai Government: Friend or Foe?

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Transcript

As Washington debates whether or not to send more troops to help stabilize Afghanistan, big questions remain about the strength and legitimacy of the Afghan government. President Karzai has defended himself and the integrity of the country's electoral process against allegations of fraud in the country's second-ever presidential election. Presently Karzai has 54.6 percent of the vote, well ahead of his leading challenger, Abdullah Abdullah. The ongoing recounts and fraud investigations by the Election Complaints Commission, however, could drive Karzai's total below the crucial 50 percent, forcing a runoff election. To find out more about the relationship between the U.S. and the Karzai administration, we speak with Zalmay Khalilzad, the Afghan-born former U.S. Ambassador to Agfhanistan. He currently runs his own consultancy firm called Khalilzad Associates. (Click through for the full interview transcript.)

Guests:

Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad

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