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ICOS Afghanistan reports are supported by extensive in-country field research, focusing on the southern provinces of Kandahar and Helmand.
ICOS field teams conduct interviews with Afghan citizens in key districts, assessing their attitudes towards the international presence, the insurgency, the Afghan government and other key subjects. These interviews provide a unique illustration of the perceptions of ordinary Afghans towards vital security and development issues.
Afghanistan’s election paralysis shows no sign of ending and a constitutional vacuum, possibly lasting months, looms with no functioning government. The presidential election on August 20 was marked by heavy fraud and widespread manipulation. Nearly a month after the first round of voting, the independent Election Complaints Commission – tasked with investigating the irregularities – has ordered a partial recount and audit, of 2500 polling
AFGHANISTAN ELECTION UPDATE: Afghanistan’s Election: “Clear and Convincing Evidence of Fraud”
Afghanistan’s presidential elections were held on August 20. Since polling day, the Independent Election Commission, an Afghan body, has been counting votes, but is monitored by the Electoral Complaints Commission.
To take the Presidency on the first round a candidate must receive more than 50% of the votes cast. On September 8, preliminary results
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
The Taliban now holds a permanent presence in 72% of Afghanistan, up from 54% a year ago. Taliban forces have advanced from their southern heartlands, where they are now the de facto governing power in a number of towns and villages, to Afghanistan’s western and north-western provinces, as well as provinces north of Kabul. Within a year, the Taliban’s permanent presence in
Taliban now holds a permanent presence in 72% of Afghanistan; Up from 54% a year ago, according to new report
8 December 2008
Taliban now holds a permanent presence in 72% of Afghanistan; Up from 54% a year ago, according to new report by The International Council on Security and Development (ICOS)
Taliban is closing a noose around Kabul: Three out of four main highways into the capital city now compromised by Taliban
ICOS calls for new Security Architecture in Afghanistan
LONDON – The Taliban now holds a permanent presence
23 April 2008
Chronic failures of US-led “war on terror” bolstering Somali and Afghan extremists
President Bush must implement a Fast Track ‘Surge for Peace’ to bring stability to Somalia
Recognition of Somaliland a political necessity in fight against extremism
With both Afghanistan and Somalia strongly affected by US policy, the results of this year’s US Presidential elections are critical for both countries. Currently, three candidates remain in contention to succeed President Bush in the White House: Democratic rivals Senator Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton, and Republican Senator John McCain.
In March-April 2008, a series of interviews were carried out in Afghanistan and Somalia