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Don’t Let Russian Meddling Derail Afghanistan Withdrawal Plans

Opinion Editorial Board The New York Times 7 July 2020 Allegations of bounties paid for the deaths of U.S. soldiers are serious. But the White House ought to stay the course toward a peace deal. The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.

Both Medicine and Poison: The Paradox of Support to Afghanistan

By Kate Clark, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network Tolo News 15 June 2020 Why, after almost two decades of massive international aid, are greater numbers of Afghans living in poverty than in the aftermath of the Taliban’s fall? Why has the vision of Afghanistan laid out in the 2001 Bonn Agreement and 2004 Constitution

The unfulfilled promise and limitations of China’s involvement in Afghanistan

A BRI(dge) too far: The unfulfilled promise and limitations of China’s involvement in Afghanistan Vanda Felbab-Brown Brookings Institution June 2020 DOWNLOAD  Download the full report EXECUTIVE SUMMARY China’s focus on and presence in Afghanistan has grown significantly over the past decade. However, the original emphasis on economic relations has been eclipsed by China’s security agenda

The Cost of Support to Afghanistan: New special report considers the causes of inequality, poverty and a failing democracy

The Cost of Support to Afghanistan: Considering inequality, poverty and lack of democracy through the ‘rentier state’ lens Kate Clark  Afghanistan Analysts Network 29 May 2020 A new AAN special report looks at why the political vision of the 2002 Bonn Agreement and 2004 constitution with its promises of a representative democracy has failed to

How the US and Afghanistan can jump-start talks with the Taliban

Reduction in violence is a key prerequisite for the Afghan government and the Taliban to sit at the negotiating table. by Michael Kugelman 31 May 2020 Al Jazeera US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is greeted by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan on June 25, 2019 [File: Reuters/Jacquelyn Martin]

Peace in Afghanistan

Ending the Afghanistan War Responsibly May 18, 2020 n February 29, 2020, the United States and the Taliban signed an agreement paving a path for the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops from Afghanistan. A full military withdrawal is necessary and should proceed without delay. To end the war responsibly, however, the exit of troops

The U.S.–Taliban deal is not a military withdrawal; it should be

MARCH 6, 2020 Written by Adam Wunische Quincy Institute Summary • President Trump will likely sell the U.S.–Taliban deal as a peace agreement and a U.S. military withdrawal. It is neither. The deal only reduces troop strength to 8,600 from 13,000, and Trump has said even minor complications will serve as justification to halt or

Rival Afghan Leaders Agree to Share Power—Now Comes the Hard Part

Scott Worden; Johnny Walsh United States Institute of Peace 21 May 2020 The deal is key to moving intra-Afghan negotiations forward, but the devil lies in the details of implementation. Last weekend, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and rival Abdullah Abdullah signed a power-sharing deal to end a monthslong dispute over the 2019 presidential election. The deal

Will Trump pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan despite continued Taliban attacks?

By Editorial Board  The Washington Post 20 May 2020 An Afghan woman cries while looking for her relative at a hospital that came under attack in Kabul, on May 13. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters) IT’S HARD not to sympathize with Zalmay Khalilzad, the veteran diplomat who has been attempting to broker peace in Afghanistan on behalf of the

Coronavirus can still be an opportunity for peace in Afghanistan

Abdul Basit Al Jazeera – opinion piece 14 May 2020 Despite the recent attacks, the Taliban and the Afghan government should continue their cooperation efforts. An Afghan man wearing a protective face mask walks past a painted wall amid the coronavirus pandemic, in Kabul, Afghanistan [File: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters] The coronavirus pandemic is swiftly rearranging global

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