On eve of Afghan elections, measured optimism from experts

Afghans will elect a new president tomorrow. It is the second election since the ouster of the Taliban in 2001. Two AP reporters were shot today, one fatally, ramping up tensions over security. Michael O’Hanlon is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He says in spite of the potential for fraud and serious security breaches, hopes are still high for an improvement over past elections.

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The UN Human Rights Council Struggles to Preserve its Legitimacy

Every year, the UN General Assembly holds an election to choose the next nations to occupy a three-year seat at the Human Rights Council. Although it is a secret ballot, the results of the latest election were not without a good dose of controversy. China, Saudi Arabia, Cuba and Russia were re-elected for a second term despite of their tainted human rights record, and the the restrictions of freedoms under their current governments. This outcome has many worrying about a setback in the organization.

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