The National Unity Government and the Re-Shaping of Political Coalitions in Afghanistan

The Afghan National Unity Government (NUG) was formed in autumn 2014 as a response to the political impasse created by the disputed outcome of that year’s presidential elections. The formation of the NUG may have averted a dramatic political crisis, but from its very beginning the agreement set up a dysfunctional diarchy in the offices of the President and Chief Executive, held by Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, respectively. Despite the negotiation of a power-sharing agreement after the elections, deep rivalries persisted between the two coalitions, which at the same time also faced internal friction and even fragmentation.


Policy Analysis

CRPA aims to organize conferences, workshops and meetings to mobilize and bring together existing expertise. A particularly useful and novel approach would be to mobilize knowledge and experiences from Asian countries, which might have experiences to share more relevant to the Afghanistan context than western countries.


CRPA organizes both medium term research projects, to tackle the most complex issues by contributing new thinking and findings.


The CRPA aims to develop a new understanding of political violence in Afghanistan, beyond the reductive view that ‘the Pakistanis are behind it’.  What is driving insurgent groups in Afghanistan? What are their internal dynamics? What do they really want?






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