This report examines the key dynamics and personalities at play in the run up to the Afghan presidential election, which will determine the future course of Afghanistan. It details some recommendations for the conduct of the election, and possible scenarios that might shape its outcome.
In February 2008, ICOS released a report called Decision Point 2008. This report listed the names of individuals listed by Afghans as potential Presidential candidates and examined the issues facing Afghanistan in the run-up to Presidential election, then scheduled for April/May 2009. This report updates that list and reports on key dynamics and issues at play in Afghanistan in the run up to the election now scheduled for 20 August 2009.