The way forward on peace, after the July talks in Doha – Afghanistan Affairs

Professor Michael Semple

21 July 2019

Perhaps the most important aspect of the July intra-Afghan dialogue is that it took place without any major upset. It was important for the theatre of the broader peace process to maintain confidence that talks are making progress. But both the composition of the delegations and the substance of the discussions were also significant. The Taliban’s public stance of refusing to deal directly with the Government of Afghanistan forces them to come up with new devices allowing them to talk. Back in 2015, good stage-management by the Pakistani hosts ensured that the Taliban’s representatives held talks in Murree with an Afghan government delegation. This time round the device used was a formula that … Read More on Afghanistan Affairs