Why Afghanistan needs peace before elections – Aljazeera

Members of a Taliban delegation, led by chief negotiator Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, leave after peace talks with Afghan senior politicians in Moscow on May 30, 2019 [Reuters/Evgenia Novozhenina]

Today there is a good chance for peace in Afghanistan – more so than at any other moment in the past two decades. At this critical juncture, it is crucial that there is a clear and coherent strategy for the way forward. But at least in some quarters this does not appears to be the case.

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, for example, has maintained that the United States will pursue a peace settlement with the Taliban while also supporting the Afghan presidential elections scheduled for this September.

However, given the current dynamics in Afghanistan, these appear to be two rather contradictory objectives. The potential for success of the peace process will … Read More on aljazeera