Afghan Talks: A Road Leading to Peace?

By Mohammad Reza Bahrami, 26 SEPTEMBER 2020 Mohammad Reza Bahrami, Iran’s former ambassador to Afghanistan, writes that the US’s vision for peace in Afghanistan oversimplifies the situation. The preliminary preparations for the intra-Afghan talks are taking shape in Qatar, aiming to set the stage for the official negotiations that were called for in the US-Taliban agreement

September 28, 2020

Contact Groups in Doha Resume Talks on Procedural Rules

By Karim Amini, Tolo News 28 September 2020 Negotiators have said that no one can predict when these disagreements will come to an end. The contact groups from both sides of the Afghan peace negotiations have resumed their talks on Sunday after three days of delays. On Sunday evening, the contact groups from both two

September 28, 2020

Support peace in Afghanistan

Is peace at hand?

The February agreement between the United States and the Taliban started the clock running for the withdrawal of all U.S. combat troops. The Pentagon announced in June that the first 5,000 troops had been withdrawn ahead of the July deadline, in spite of increased Taliban attacks on Afghan government forces. By the time of the U.S. presidential election, the total number of U.S. troops will be reduced to about 4,000, with the balance scheduled to be withdrawn by April 2021.

The Afghan government seems to be in denial, apparently convinced that the Americans will not withdraw all troops and reduce financial support. President Trump is not the first American president to announce he is leaving, but this time is different. President Trump wants to fulfill a campaign promise and, facing dealing a dire economic collapse, the United States can no longer afford to spend tens-of-billions of dollars a year on a war that was lost long ago. Moreover, Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, has long been a critic of the war and is on record promising to withdraw all combat troops in his first year in office should he be elected president.

The Afghan government is urging the United States to keep troops in Afghanistan until the Taliban agree to a long-term ceasefire and reach an agreement with the government for a political settlement of the war. This is a formula for an open-ended troop commitment.

Is peace at hand?

The February agreement between the United States and the Taliban started the clock running for the withdrawal of all U.S. combat troops. The Pentagon announced in June that the first 5,000 troops had been withdrawn ahead of the July deadline, in spite of increased Taliban attacks on Afghan government forces. The Trump administration agreed to withdraw the remaining 8,600 U.S. troops by April 2021, but there are indications that the president wants all troops out by the November U.S. elections.

The Afghan government is in denial, apparently convinced that the Americans will not withdraw all troops and cut financial support. President Trump is not the first American president to announce he is leaving, but this time is different. President Trump wants to fulfill a campaign promise and, facing dealing a dire economic collapse, the United States can no longer afford to spend tens-of-billions of dollars a year on a war that was lost long ago. Moreover, Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, has long been a critic of the war and is on record promising to withdraw all combat troops in his first year in office should he be elected president.

The Afghan government is urging the United States to keep troops in Afghanistan until the Taliban agree to a long-term ceasefire and reach an agreement with the government for a political settlement of the war. This is a formula for an open-ended troop commitment.

What we do


• Work with U.S. and European peace and humanitarian aid organizations
• Provide information to executive branch officials and congressional staff
• Organize meetings in the U.S. and lead fact-finding trips to Afghanistan
• Write op-ed articles, meet with reporters and do television interviews

Learn more

To learn more, here are some organizations working to promote peace, respect for human rights and economic development in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan Analysts Network

Kabul-based resource on Afghan politics

United States Institute of Peace

Analysis of peace efforts in Afghanistan

International Crisis Group

Analysis of the Afghan war and U.S. policy

Win Without War

America’s largest anti-war coalition

Center for International Policy

Independent research and analysis

Institute for Policy Studies

Center of anti-war advocacy and activism

Mercy Corps International

Aid and peace building programs in Afghanistan

Articles

Contact us

Afghanistan Peace Campaign

P.O. Box 21375

Washington, DC 20009

info@afghanistanpeacecampaign.org 

501(c)(3) fiscal sponsorship for Afghanistan Peace Campaign provided by:

Social Good Fund

12651 San Pablo Ave, Richmond, CA 94805

Home Page