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Local perspectives on peace and elections Herat Province, western Afghanistan

The following statements are taken from longer interviews with community members across two different rural districts in Herat in western Afghanistan between November 2017 and March 2018. Interviewees were asked about their views on elections, peace and reconciliation. Respondents’ ages and ethnic groups vary, as do their levels of literacy. Data were collected by Abdul Hadi Sadat as part of a larger research project funded by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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Dr Anna Larson

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Dr Anna Larson is the Accord 27 Issue Editor and a Senior Teaching Fellow in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She has worked as a researcher in Afghanistan, writing on politics, democratisation and peace in Afghanistan since 2005. Anna is co-author with Noah Coburn of Derailing Democracy in Afghanistan: Elections in an Unstable Political Landscape(Columbia, 2014), and holds a PhD in post-war recovery from the University of York.

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