Afghanistan Project


Harleen Gambhir

Harleen Gambhir is a Non-Resident Counterterrorism Fellow at the Institute for the Study of War. She focuses on the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham’s global strategy and operations, as well as on the organization's propaganda and digital presence.

Afghanistan’s Fraught Political Transition and Implications for Its Security Beyond 2014

On Saturday, June 14, Afghanistan held its second round, run-off presidential election since no presidential candidate was able to secure at least 50 percent of the votes in the first-round election on April 5. In that first contest, the two front-runners, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani, won 45 percent and 31.56 percent of the vote, respectively.

John D. Lawrence


John D. Lawrence is the Director of External Relations at ISW.

He has more than 25 years of experience in Washington, DC working on government relations and public affairs.  Most recently he directed Congressional affairs at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems and prior to that was the acting head of outreach at National Defense University's Near East South Asia Center.