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Afghanistan: Evaluating the Political Impact of the Karzai Assassination

The killing of Ahmed Wali Karzai, the half-brother of Afghan President Ahmed Karzai, was a shocking development -- even for Afghanistan, a country steeped in tragedy. But experts are unsure whether it will have a lasting impact on political developments.

Ahmed Wali, or AWK as he was known among foreign diplomats and aid workers, was murdered by a former bodyguard on July 12. Since then, policy experts have been seeking answers to a bevy of questions: Will this personal blow to President Karzai also weaken him politically? Will political opposition in parliament intensify? Will the killing alter the president’s stance on negotiating with the Taliban? Will security in and around Kandahar be weakened with the absence of the “King of Kandahar,” as the international forces begin thinning out of Afghanistan? Or will AWK’s death offer the president a chance to regain lost political ground?

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Aunohita Mojumdar is an Indian freelance journalist based in Kabul.

Afghanistan: Evaluating the Political Impact of the Karzai Assassination

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