Roya Aziz will
finish dual master's degrees in journalism and international
area studies at the University
of California at Berkeley in 2005. Her work has appeared
in the Christian Science Monitor and on NPR.
FRONTLINE/World Fellow Roya Aziz, an Afghan American, returned
to her homeland to report on preparations for Afghanistan's historic
October 2004 presidential elections, the first since the U.S.-led
ouster of the Taliban. Visiting her relatives, interviewing presidential
candidates and observing voter registration, Aziz provides an
eyewitness account of Afghanistan's experiment in democracy, which
resulted in what appears to be a landslide victory for President
Hamid Karzai. "But democracy in postwar Afghanistan depends on
more than just one man and a single election," cautions Aziz.
Real reform, she writes, depends on disarming the warlords and
building independent political parties.
Read a discussion about Afghanistan
with FRONTLINE/World Fellow Roya Aziz and series
editor Stephen Talbot on Washingtonpost.com.
Part of the Web-exclusive FRONTLINE/World Fellowship
program. FRONTLINE/World is exploring partnerships
with some of the leading graduate schools of journalism
around the United States with the goal of identifying
and developing the best of an emerging generation of journalists.
The FRONTLINE/World Fellowship program is supported
Corporation of New York.
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