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Accord – Incremental peace in Afghanistan – Conciliation Resources

A radical new approach is needed in Afghanistan to build peace step-by-step. There needs to be a move beyond peace rhetoric, through a progressive, step-by-step process towards a political settlement which builds stability, confidence and legitimacy over time. The short-term objective More »

Afghanistan’s Islamic Emirate Returns: Life Under a Resurgent Taliban – world politics review

In 1992, after groups of guerrilla fighters known as mujahideen succeeded in toppling Afghanistan’s communist government, which had been backed by the Soviet Union, they quickly turned on each other, kicking off a More »

 

Afghanistan- Regional Stakeholders Should Involve in Afghan Peace Process – menafn

(MENAFN – Daily Outlook Afghanistan) In the last talks with US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in Doha, the Taliban representatives insisted on their preconditions which include the pullout of US troops from Afghanistan, lifting sanctions on their leaders, release of their prisoners and establishment of an official political office in Qatar.
In his 2017 strategy for Afghanistan, the US President Donald Trump said a hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan would lead to horrible consequences similar to those of Iraq and his administration ‘cannot repeat in Afghanistan the mistake our leaders made in Iraq. He called himself ‘problem solver and promised victory either through military deal or political settlement. Subsequently, he increased the number of soldiers from 8,400 to about 14,000.
Kabul government, however, urged the Taliban to stop killing Afghan people and resolve their issues through negotiation with …. Read More on menafn

Resuming peace talks – Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal – Global Village Space

Afghanistan’s anarchical situation has frustrated both internal and external stakeholders. The recent parliamentary elections presented the continuity of the democratic process in Afghanistan. But the surge in violence and turnout in the parliamentary elections have pessimistic fallout. Therefore, it is a debatable subject whether the continuity of the election process in the country evolved a participatory culture in the Afghan society, which is imperative for the stability of democratic political system.

In such a gloomy situation, the direct talks between the American diplomats and the representatives of the Afghan Taliban seem meaningful. It qualifies the hypothesis that Trump administration has seriously been working for the major breakthrough in Afghanistan, prior to the start of series of presidential primary elections and caucuses of 2020 Presidential …. Read More on Global Village Space

Pakistan, Uzbekistan believe in non-military solution to Afghan issue, says Qureshi – The News

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi Thursday said Pakistan and Uzbekistan both shared similar views on Afghanistan and believed that there’s no military solution to the imbroglio.

Addressing a joint press conference with the Uzbek Foreign Minister AbdulazizKamilov at the Foreign Office here, he said he was glad to hear from Mr. Kamilov that their views about Afghanistan were almost alike.

“Both countries feel that there is no military solution to the Afghan problem. We are prepared to facilitate and support the dialogue process”, he said.

The two leaders announced that they had together broken the pause in their relations, opening a new page …. Read More on The News

Can Russia Help Bring Peace to Afghanistan? – The Diplomat

Image Credit: DoD photo by Sgt. Tammy K. Hineline, U.S. Marine Corps/Released

In 2001, Russia backed the U.S. intervention in Afghanistan, which led to the collapse of the Taliban regime and the creation of a new government. Since then, Russia has supported the new system and has made contributions to reconstruction efforts in the country, including training the Afghan security forces, supplying military equipment, supporting joint counternarcotics activities with the United States, and providing some level of development aid. The post-2001 phase of the conflict in Afghanistan has lingered for more than 17 years now, and the Taliban have re-emerged as a force that contest more than half of Afghan territory. With the war at a stalemate, Afghanistan, the United States, and regional powers are trying to seek a political solution. Russia, too, is trying to do its part by reaching out to the Taliban to help kickstart a peace process, however, there is confusion over Moscow’s overtures to the Taliban and the end goal of its efforts.

In 2016, Russia initiated a series of meetings among countries neighboring Afghanistan known as the Moscow Process. In the first meeting, Afghanistan was not even invited – only Russia, China, and Pakistan attended the meeting. In 2017, Afghanistan, India, and several Central Asian countries were added. The United States did not attend any of the meetings and …. Read More on The Diplomat

Mattis emphasises reconciliation as Taliban join Doha office – Dawn

WASHINGTON: As five members of the Afghan Taliban joined the group’s political office in Qatar, US Secretary of Defence James Mattis declared that reconciliation was the most important aspect of the strategy for Afghanistan.

The US media reported on Wednesday that the five officials who were freed from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for captured US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could participate in future talks with officials in Doha.

Senior US officials have already held two rounds of talks with Taliban representatives in Doha. The last round, held earlier this month, led to the release of a key Taliban leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.

US media identified the five as Mohammad Fazl, Khairullah Khairkhwa, Abdul Haq Wasiq, Mullah Norullah Nori and …. Read More on Dawn

Mattis shares threat assessments behind new National Defense Strategy – Army.mil

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis speaks at the United States Institute of Peace, in a discussion moderated by Stephen J. Hadley, the chair of the institute’s board of directors, in Washington, D.C. Oct. 30, 2018. (Photo Credit: DOD photo by Lisa Ferdinando )

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary James N. Mattis shared the thinking behind the new National Defense Strategy during a discussion at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington on Tuesday.

Released in January, the strategy sees Russia and China as the greatest threats, with Iran and North Korea as regional threats. Violent extremism rounds out the threat matrix.

The strategy is based on a return to great power competition among the United States, Russia and China.

POWER, URGENCY, WILL

Mattis told Stephen Hadley, the moderator of the event and former national security adviser to President George W. Bush, that in setting up the strategy, officials looked at threats from three different …. Read More on Army.mil

President Ghani met with the Commander of U.S. CENTCOM in Kabul – Khaama Press

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with the Commander of the U.S. Military Central Command Gen. Joseph Votel in Kabul on Monday.

The office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement said the two sides held talks regarding the intra-Afghan peace talks, equipping and strengthening of the Afghan armed forces, reforms in security and defense sectors, joint fight against terrorism, and the U.S. strategy forSouth Asia and its impacts since its announcement.

The statement further added that Gen. Votel offered condolences over the recent Kandahar terrorist incident and congratulated President Ghani and the Afghan nation for the successful conduct of parliamentary elections.

Gen. Votel also hailed the Afghan forces for maintaining security of the elections and assured President Ghani that U.S. will remain a strategic partner of …. Read more on Khaama Press

Afghanistan- Editorial: US confirms Baradar’s release – menafn

(MENAFN – Afghanistan Times) The United States confirmed release of Tehrik Taliban Afghanistan (Emirate Islami Afghanistan) co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar’s release in Pakistan. US authorities informed that Mullah Baradar was released on the request of Afghanistan and pinned hope on his active role in the reconciliation process. Mullah Baradar was picked up by personnel of secret agencies in Pakistan when he was on a peace move in accordance with a request of the Afghan government in late 2010. At that time, another Taliban leader from Pakistan controlled tribal area. Latif Mehsud was apprehended by US personnel just near Pakistan-Afghanistan border. During 2009-2010, former President Hamid Karzai along with other leading Afghan leaders, intellectuals and tribal chieftains made hectic efforts for reconciliation. They made frequent request to Taliban leaders and commanders to join mainstream political and democratic processes. Many Taliban leaders were willing to accept the offer but due to abroad pressure they were reluctant to be made public. Belonging to influential Popalzai clan of Durrani Muhammadzai tribe, Abdul Ghani Baradar had the courage  …. Read More on menafn