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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-Pakistan Finalize Joint Action Plan for Peace - Tolo News

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Tuesday said that diplomats from Afghanistan and Pakistan have wrapped up their fourth meeting in Islamabad on the joint action plan between the More »

 

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 should be a reduction in violence. The long-term objective should be to achieve a more inclusive peace process that is representative of, and endorsed by, Afghan …. Read More on Conciliation Resources

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Defiant Peace in Afghanistan – Pakistan Observer

PAKISTAN and Afghanistan share a complicated history, they remained encircled to the fluctuating geopolitics of a region in which the overhang of conflict looms outsized. The unregulated traffic across a rugged and porous border has been a sticking point and major security concern throughout Pakistan’s foreign policy towards Afghanistan since 1947.
The current Afghan Government has not yet been able to carve out any effective policy towards tackling the ongoing Afghan conflict. Disagreements with the National Unity Government (NUG) are rife. Daesh appears to be seen as far more worst problem than the Afghan Taliban. Both have moved to the North and are fighting in unity. However, in the eastern provinces of Afghanistan, they are fighting each other. Moreover, to counter the influence of Daesh in North, Russia is allegedly arming the local militias to fight the terrorists belonging to Daesh. There is a common view prevailing in Afghanistan that the ordinary Afghan fears Daesh more than the Afghan Taliban. The Taliban operating in Afghanistan are somehow considered to be more cautious to avoid brutality and …. Read More on Pakistan Observer

The Tashkent conference on Afghanistan: too much diplomacy, too little solution – Timesca

TASHKENT (TCA) — Achieving peace in Afghanistan requires the resolve and joint efforts of many players inside the war-torn country, in the Central Asia region and beyond — but the interests of those players still differ. We are republishing this article on the issue, written by Farkhod Tolipov*, originally published by the CACI Analyst:

On March 26-27, 2018, the unprecedented international conference on Afghanistan, “Peace process, security cooperation and regional interactions,” took place in Uzbekistan’s capital Tashkent. Diplomatic representatives of 21 states, the UN and the EU participated in the conference and signed its final Tashkent Declaration. The event signaled a transformation of Tashkent’s previous positions on Afghanistan, from past initiatives in the form of narrow formula-like approaches to a system-oriented strategy. However, the Tashkent Declaration and speeches given at the conference reveal that the approach contains too much diplomacy and too little solution, especially… Read more on Timesca

Canada’s peacekeeping mission to Mali could become a new Afghanistan – macleans

Opinion: There is no peace to keep in Mali, and the UN mission there has become a deadly quagmire—one that Canada might be wise to just avoid

In this Feb. 25, 2015 photo provided by the United Nations, UN peacekeepers from Bangladesh arrive at the Niger Battalion Base in Ansongo, in eastern Mali. (Marco Dormino/United Nations via AP)

Ken Hansen is an independent defence and security analyst and owner of Hansen Maritime Horizons. Retired from the navy in 2009 in the rank of Commander, he is a member of the Science Advisory Committee for Atlantic Oceans Research Enterprise and a contributor to the Security Affairs Committee for the Royal United Services Institute.

“Canada is back,” Justin Trudeau said when his Liberals won the 2015 election. After years in the wilderness on peacekeeping, he said, Canada would be returning to its heritage as a leader in peacekeeping missions, promising to commit up to $400 million and 600 Canadian Armed Forces personnel to UN peace operations.

But his Liberal government has hit a significant road bump along the way: The most recent figures from the United Nations have found that Canada’s peacekeeping commitment … Read More on macleans

South Asia strategy in Afghanistan shows results, Army Gen. Nicholson says – Army.mil

WASHINGTON — The South Asia strategy in Afghanistan has spawned intensified dialogue and a drop in Taliban violence, Army Gen. John W. Nicholson, commander of NATO’s Resolute Support mission and U.S. Forces – Afghanistan, told reporters yesterday.

Speaking to Pentagon media via teleconference from Kabul, Afghanistan, the commander said the goal of the South Asia strategy is reconciliation, and Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has called it a game changer.

Six months into the strategy, Nicholson said, “we had the elements of a peace proposal outlined by the Taliban in an open letter to America and a formal peace offer by President Ghani,” followed …. Read More on Army.mil

Pak, Afghan spy chiefs to enhance coordination for Taliban reconciliation – Daily Times

ISLAMABAD: Top Pakistani and Afghan military leaders and security officials have assigned their intelligence chiefs to “increase coordination and cooperation” to encourage Taliban insurgents to join reconciliation efforts, sources privy to the development said on Wednesday.

During the meeting in which the decision was taken, the delegations headed by the Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Afghan National Security Adviser Haneef Atmar also exchanged views on ways to encourage the Taliban to come to the negotiation table as the Afghan side showed serious concern at increased casualties in Taliban attacks.

“Suggest us what incentives we should offer to the Taliban to persuade them to join the peace process,” Atmar asked Pakistani leaders in the high-level session …. Read More on Daily Times

Pakistan, China, Afghanistan hold trilateral strategic dialogue in Beijing – Geo TV

BEIJING: Pakistan, China, and Afghanistan agreed to strengthen the anti-terrorism security cooperation and continue their alliance in fighting terrorism, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday in a statement on its website.

According to the Chinese foreign ministry, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuan You, Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Karzai, and Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Tamina Janjua co-chaired the meeting on Monday.

During the second round of the trilateral strategic dialogue between the three countries’ deputy foreign ministers, the nations “exchanged in-depth views on political mutual trust, the process of reconciliation in Afghanistan, [and] the progress and direction of trilateral pragmatic and …. Read More on Geo TV

Muslim Scholars Tackle Afghan Violence – IWPR

Conflict deemed as un-Islamic by experts in Indonesia summit.

The ongoing violence in Afghanistan has been condemned as illegal under Islamic law by religious scholars in a conference convened by the Afghan government.

However, observers say that although such initiatives might build stronger links between regional religious experts, more forceful political action was needed to make any substantive difference to the ongoing violence.

The summit was held in Bogor, Indonesia, on May 11 and attended by 60 religious scholars from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Indonesia. The conference followed an April visit by Indonesian president Joko Widodo to Pakistan and Afghanistan this year.

There have been a number of other summits in recent months aiming at invigorating peace talks between the Afghan government and …. Read More on IWPR