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In Rural Afghanistan, Stability, Not Politics, Matter

Far from the rush of the Afghan presidential race between frontrunners Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah are small rural villages like Istallef — about an hour's drive north of Kabul. One of the towns destroyed for its opposition to the Taliban during their last fight for control in the late 1990s, Istallef's residents, like the majority of Afghans who inhabit rural villages scattered around the country — away from the centers of power in Kabul and other major cities — the final...

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