Said Sabir Ibrahimi, Research Associate, appeared on Voice of America Dari to discuss the US elections and its implications on Afghanistan.
Q: Do you think it is concerning that the US presidential candidates have not mentioned Afghanistan in their speeches?
A: Donald Trump has been vague about his programs, and both him and Hillary Clinton have not mentioned Afghanistan in their big foreign policy speeches, but in their interviews with American media, they both have mentioned Afghanistan.
Four months before the end of the mandate of President Joseph Kabila, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is on the edge of a deep political crisis. The government has created multiple artificial delays in the electoral process, making it impossible to respect the constitution and hold fair and transparent elections before the end of the year. Furthermore, the Constitutional Court has issued a controversial interpretation of the constitution that authorizes President Kabila to remain in power until his successor is elected.
It has become a cliché that every US presidential election is more significant than the previous one, not only for the future of the US but for the rest of the world, including India. Yet, like most clichés, there is more than an element of truth and ample proof that the 2016 election will be unlike any other that the US has seen since at least 1940.
Donald Trump’s recent comments on America’s alliances, coinciding with the Republican convention last week, have further raised the anxiety levels of US allies about Washington’s global role after the US presidential election.