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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

Imran Khan: Peace is within reach in Afghanistan. A hasty international withdrawal would be unwise.

Opinion by Imran Khan September 27, 2020 Imran Khan is prime minister of Pakistan. An Afghan Army soldier flashes the peace sign from an armored vehicle during a training excercise in Herat on Sept. 24. (Jalil Rezayee/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) We have arrived at a rare moment of hope for Afghanistan and for our region. On Sept. 12, delegations

Editorial: Is Afghanistan being dragged to square one?

Afghanistan Times Editorial September 26, 2020 A game is being played on the fate of Afghanistan once again, primarily at the hands of key stakeholders and influencers in the country. The US is seemingly backtracking on everything that it purported to uphold and stand for. The history is going to repeat itself because Afghans are

Don’t trust estimates of Al Qaeda’s strength in Afghanistan

BY BILL ROGGIO Foundation for the Defense of Democracies | September 22, 2020 | | @billroggio The U.S. government, military, and intelligence services have provided inaccurate assessments of Al Qaeda’s strength in Afghanistan for more than a decade. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continued that tradition by recently regurgitating that Al Qaeda has fewer than 200 fighters in the country. This

Afghan Talks Are Historic Chance for Peace, Says Top U.S. Negotiator

Adam Gallagher United States Institute of Peace Thursday, September 24, 2020 Intra-Afghan talks must address a number of thorny issues, but represent a major milestone to ending four decades of conflict. Afghan peace talks that began in Doha on September 12 are a “historic opportunity” that could bring a close to four decades of conflict

Trump’s ex-national security adviser H.R. McMaster warns Afghan peace talks will fail, leave US vulnerable

Deirdre Shesgreen USA TODAY 22 September 2020 WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said U.S.-backed peace talks in Afghanistan are doomed to end in “failure” and warned the risk of another 9/11-style attack on America is “very high.” The U.S. is “in many ways more at risk today than we were on

Five Things to Know About the Afghan Peace Talks

BY: Vikram J. Singh; Scott Smith; Scott Worden; Belquis Ahmadi; Johnny Walsh United States Institute of Peace Monday, September 14, 2020 After decades of conflict, the Taliban and Afghan government will seek to negotiate a political settlement that could end the United States’ longest war. The intra-Afghan negotiations that began on Saturday represent a watershed moment in the war: the

To Get to Afghan Talks, Lots of Last-Minute Deals — and Nose Swabs

By Mujib Mashal The New York Times Sept. 16, 2020 Months of delays over issues as big as prisoner swaps and as small as haircuts, with extra coronavirus complications, made the Afghan flight to meet the Taliban no sure bet. Peace negotiations between the Afghan governement and the Taliban began, after many false starts, on Saturday.Credit…Mujib

Two Parties Too Wary for Peace? Central questions for talks with the Taleban in Doha

Christine Roehrs • Ali Yawar Adili • Sayed Asadullah Sadat Afghanistan Analysts Network  11 Sep 2020 For the first time, representatives of the Afghan government and the Taleban are coming together, officially, and in person, to negotiate power sharing and peace.  While the start of the talks was somewhat delayed by disagreements on the last prisoners to be released, the

Peace Leadership: Power struggles, division and an incomplete council

Ali Yawar Adili Afghanistan Analysts Network  6 Sep 2020  Afghanistan’s president, Ashraf Ghani, has approved a 46-member Leadership Committee for the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), but criticisms have come in hard and fast from all quarters. The most significant rejection has come from Dr Abdullah Abdullah, who asserts his right under the power-sharing

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