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Noah: Youth and the Future of Afghanistan

The 11 candidates for the Afghan presidency do not inspire much hope for change in Afghanistan.  They are all of an older generation.  Most of them led militias in the fight against the Soviets, all worked in the Karzai government and all have become (or have had their families become) immensely wealthy and powerful during the years of the American intervention.  Even with more than half the population below the age of 20, political power in Afghanistan still belongs to the old.

Despite this, change could be on the horizon.  A new generation of political leaders is beginning to emerge and I have spent some time over the past 10 days interviewing some of them and went to a US embassy hosted forum on civil society.  One of the young men that I spent time with Read More…