Afghanistan has just inaugurated its first new president in ten years, the first democratic handover of power in Afghan history. Technocrat Ashraf Ghani will head a power-sharing government after the deal for a unity government was put together after months of deadlock over a vote in which both Ghani and opponent Abdullah Abdullah claimed victory.
Hong Kong democracy protesters stood firm in the face of tear gas and police baton charges in the centre of the city’s financial hub, giving rise to China’s largest political challenge since the Tiananmen Square tragedy 25 years ago. In response, the Communist government in Beijing boldly stated that it would not tolerate dissent or any foreign interference.
Can Ghani and Abdullah put aside their acrimonious election rivalry and work to improve life in a country that has suffered war and poverty for decades?
Could Beijing’s inability to walk a tightrope with Hong Kong protesters bring instability to the region? Do you consider how a change in leadership, or protests for democracy, could affect your operations in other countries?