A US decision to boost troop numbers in Afghanistan would be welcome, but there is need for a more robust engagement.
Omar Samad is a former Afghan Ambassador to France, Canada, EU and NATO, and worked as an adviser to Afghanistan's chief executive before his resignat... ion in December 2015. Currently, he is the CEO of Silkroad Consulting.
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There is a dire need for statesmanship, a visionary and honest leadership, and a balanced and inclusive partnership.
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Political egos and manipulative tactics must be put aside and both camps should aim for a collaborative outcome.
If Afghans fail to avoid political polarisation and ethnic chauvinism, it will imperil the post-2014 transition process.
Did Obama rain on the Afghan parade or are there back-channel imperatives that trumped all other considerations?
Second round or not, there are only a few days left to reach a credible electoral outcome acceptable to most Afghans.
Some prefer a run-off to seek a clearer mandate, others see a prolonged race as polarising and destabilising.