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Noah: Conspiracy Theories and Elections


Conducting interviews in the winter in Afghanistan is never as fun as in the spring or summer when things are in bloom (you can see the cold garden of my compound below).  Luckily there is plenty of political gossip in Kabul these days to keep things interesting.  With a little more than 3 months until the date when voting is supposed to happen for the next Afghan presidential election (they may still be delayed even though officials are denying it), one of the fun things about my Field Work Term includes collecting conspiracy theories from both Afghans and internationals on what is going to happen in the lead up to the election.  Afghan politics are rarely transparent, candidates rarely make policy statements, and the 11 remaining candidates appear to be in a protracted dance with each other, forming secret alliances, breaking them and then coming back together.  This all allows plenty of room for the imagination to run wild.


One of the most common right now is that Karzai is not signing the Bilateral Security Agreement between the US and Afghanistan (the basic terms for leaving US troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014) until the US government agrees to support his brother during the election.  This is interesting, of course, because Read More…