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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

What Is Missing From Afghan Peace Talks

By Ahmad Massoud Mr. Massoud is a politician in Panjshir, Afghanistan April 14, 2020 The New York Times A just political order in Afghanistan needs decentralization of power and an equitable distribution of resources among its people. A mural of Zalmay Khalilzad, the American diplomat, and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban leader, who signed

Voices from the Districts, the Violence Mapped (2): Assessing the conflict a month after the US-Taleban agreement

Kate Clark  8 Apr 2020  Afghanistan Analysts Network It is now four weeks since Afghans enjoyed eight days of reduced violence in the lead up to the signing of the United States-Taleban agreement. The Taleban announced almost immediately afterwards that their fight would continue against the government, although not against foreign forces. US officials spoke of

Why Winning the War In Afghanistan Meant Losing to the Taliban

The Taliban will seek to run Afghanistan in line with their values and. America will have to stand back and watch. by Amitai Etzioni The National Interest March 31, 2020 Drawing lessons from the U.S. involvement in the war in Afghanistan is important not only for determining the ways we may fight in the future, if

Can America Trust the Taliban to Prevent Another 9/11?

By David Petraeus and Vance Serchuk April 1, 2020 Foreign Affairs A Dangerous Asymmetry Lies at the Heart of the Afghan Peace Deal A U.S. Army crew chief in a CH-47F Chinook helicopter during a training flight in Afghanistan, March 2018 U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Gregory Brook / via Reuters For nearly 20 years, the U.S. intervention in

Afghanistan’s peace process is in danger of unravelling

OPINION The COVID-19 crisis and the Ghani-Abdullah dispute could bring down the fragile peace in the country. by Sultan Barakat Al Jazeera 31 March 2020 Afghanistan”s President Ashraf Ghani (R) and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, pose for a photo during their meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan on March 23, 2020 [Reuters] Those of us

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