12 December 2011
Afghanistan: Politics, Elections, and Government Performance
Afghan governing capacity has increased significantly since the Taliban regime fell in late 2001, but many positions, particularly at the local level, are unfilled. Many governing functions are performed at least informally by unaccountable power brokers. The limited capacity and widespread corruption of all levels of Afghan governance are factors in debate over the effectiveness of US policy in Afghanistan and in implementing a transition to Afghan security leadership. That transition is to be completed by the end of 2014, a time frame agreed to by the United States, its international partners, and the Afghan government.