The Taliban's View of the 2014 Elections

Author
Michael Semple
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
United States Institute of Peace
Abstract
The Afghan Taliban Movement has publicly rejected the legitimacy of the April 2014 elections. The Taliban's military leadership has issued instructions to officials and commanders to disrupt the elections but has left field commanders with wide discretion on how to go about doing so. Many in the Taliban follow the electoral contest closely and comment on developments in terms very similar to how they are described by the political and educated class in Kabul. However, the anti-election sentiment in the Taliban leaves no scope for any faction to cooperate with the process. The Taliban will likely be able to intensify violence approaching the election, but not sufficiently to derail the overall process.
Topic
Conflict Resolution, Democratization, Development, Islam, Armed Struggle, Counterinsurgency, Governance
Political Geography
Afghanistan, Asia