November 23, 2011
Can Teetering Karzai Hold On to Power?
Robert Dreyfuss, The Diplomat
Hamid Karzai took one more wobbly step along the tightrope he walks as president of Afghanistan last week.
Coming just a couple of weeks before the world community holds a global summit on Afghanistan in Bonn on December 5, Karzai adroitly navigated through a four-day traditional grand assembly, or loya jirga, that he summoned to strengthen his political standing at home and to proclaim a set of conditions for the evolving U.S.-Afghanistan relationship as the United States draws down its forces in advance of 2014. It was a performance watched intently by friend and foe alike. Like the skilled survivor that Karzai has proven to be, once again he managed to provide a little something for everyone, though it’s unclear how long his balancing act can...
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