The Washington Post on how the election of future Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is an important step forward for the country. The editors praise the agreement between Ghani and his opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, to settle the recent Afghan election. "Mr. Ghani’s presidency was not, by any reasonable measure, the result of a fair and credible election. Even so, Secretary of State John Kerry and his team in Kabul deserve recognition for formulating a power-sharing plan that gave the Afghans a way out of a crisis that could easily have plunged the country into a disastrous cycle of violence. If it works, this will mark the first peaceful transfer of power in the country’s history." Despite this important step forward, it remains to be seen whether or not the deal will hold. "It is a relief to see Mr. Karzai hand over the reins of power. But the change of leadership in Kabul is dampened by serious concerns over whether the power-sharing deal will prove durable."
Bloomberg View on why this week's United Nation's Climate Summit is worthwhile. The purpose of the New York summit is not to enact specific policies, but to demonstrate that enacting green policies is feasible and worthwhile. "A main purpose is to highlight efforts under way to cut greenhouse-gas emissions -- and to demonstrate that progress is feasible, affordable and happening. Because the need to build political support for stronger action is paramount, that's a crucial message... Resistance to stronger measures on climate change is driven partly by the fear that they'd be prohibitively expensive and set back economic growth. Intelligent action, on the contrary, is affordable and isn't anti-growth." On example that proves this point is carbon taxes. "Several countries, for instance, have used carbon taxes to good effect -- showing that this policy can successfully reduce emissions without imposing a burden on the economy or causing any of the other problems that critics assert... Paying attention to what works is always worthwhile."