The Afghan Government Is Missing From Afghanistan’s Peace Process – The Atlantic

Two sets of negotiations with the Taliban are under way in Afghanistan. Neither includes the country’s democratically elected, internationally recognized administration.

Donald Trump and Afghan president Ashraf Ghani meet in New York in 2017.KEVIN LAMARQUE / REUTERS

Can a peace process work if it excludes the government of the country in conflict? We may be finding out.

At present, there are two distinct efforts under way to bring peace in Afghanistan: In one, Zalmay Khalilzad, the State Department’s special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, has held several discussions with Taliban leaders. In the other, a meeting in Moscow this month brought together influential Afghans, including former President Hamid Karzai, and Taliban leaders. Conspicuously missing …. Read More on The Atlantic