Russia Takes on a More Prominent Role in Afghan Peace Talks – The Cipher Brief

Bottom Line Up Front

  • Last week, members of the Afghan Taliban along with Afghan politicians and power brokers met in Moscow to discuss the contours of a potential peace deal for the war-ravaged country.
  • Representing the Taliban was one of the group’s original co-founders, Abdul Ghani Baradar, who offered support for a negotiated political settlement.
  • One of the main issues is the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, where the U.S. currently maintains approximately 14,000 troops.
  • Russia, mostly through its military, has grown more engaged globally as it seeks to take advantage of power vacuums created by Washington’s withdrawal from key geopolitical areas.

Last week, members of the Afghan Taliban along with Afghan politicians and power brokers met in Moscow to discuss the contours of a potential peace deal for the war-ravaged country. Notably lacking, though, were any current members of the Afghan government. Other negotiations have continued in Doha, Qatar, even as the Taliban has consistently pursued a strategy of ‘fight and talk:’ pursuing political negotiations while the insurgents simultaneously increase …. Read More on The Cipher Brief

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