Emmy-award winning correspondent Graeme Smith, now an analyst with the International Crisis Group, takes us to the streets of Kabul. It's there that we get an insider's view of a society on the edge. Foreign troops are leaving, ethnic tensions are rising and many Afghans with opportunities to get out wonder if this is the time. Other segments in this special: Afghanistan's Transition: On the road in KabulAfghanistan's Transition: Peering inside the Golden City
Guest host Graeme Smith has lived in Afghanistan for about three or four years. He originally moved to the country to cover Canada's war in Kandahar for the Globe and Mail
and now runs the Kabul office of the International Crisis Group think tank.
Right now, Afghanistan is on the cusp of what may be a metamorphosis. Everywhere you go, ordinary Afghans are talking about 2014 -- the year that most international troops are scheduled to finally leave the country. It's also the year when Afghans are supposed to elect a new president, in what may be the first democratic transition of power in the country's history.
Our tour of this country in transition began in a marketplace in Kabul. That's where we met vendors and property dealers anxious about what might happen to the economy as foreigners start to leave. Later on, we spoke to some unemployed Afghans and caught up a young couple trying to build a life together ... but unsure whether that life is in Afghanistan.
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