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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 »

 

Afghan women key to sustainable peace in Afghanistan – The Hill

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For years, the United States has engaged in back channel talks with the Taliban to little avail. However, news that principal deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Alice Wells, met with the militant group in Doha last month represents the latest wave of diplomatic efforts to address America’s longest running war. In this endeavor, the U.S. empowered one if its most experienced diplomats, at once forcing the Taliban to confer with a woman as a condition for dealing with the U.S. directly, while simultaneously demonstrating leadership in the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, which calls for incorporating women into all facets …. Read More on The Hill 

NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE TALIBAN WON’T GIVE AFGHANISTAN WHAT IT NEEDS – War on the rocks

Afghanistan’s experiment with communism ended with the country’s destruction between 1978 and 1992. The short-lived mujahedeen government and Afghan civil war phase ended in 1996, with the destruction of Kabul and the Taliban control of most of the country. The experiment with an Islamic emirate under the Taliban wrecked Afghanistan further. The current government, a Western experiment in state-building, is struggling to cope with a growing insurgency. But, instead of looking for ways to strengthen the Afghan state, some policymakers are considering another dangerous new experiment that weakens it and may bring about an even more disastrous ending to this chapter in Afghan history. The latest venture on the horizon is a push for a hasty peace deal with the Taliban. The reconciliation concept — which became a key component of the Obama administration’s unsuccessful exit strategy — centers on a power-sharing agreement between the Afghan government and the insurgent group. Unfortunately, those peddling the art of …. Read More on War on the Rocks 

Pakistan supports inclusive Afghan-led peace talks – Pajhwok

KABUL (Pajhwok): Inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned political negotiations can lead to peace and reconciliation in the war-devastated country, believes a top Pakistani diplomat.

Ambassador Zahid Nasrullah Khan made the remarks while addressing a function marking the 71st Independence Day of his country at the Pakistan embassy in Kabul on Tuesday night.

More than 300 guests, including Afghan ministers and Kabul-based ambassadors, attended the event. Khan hailed educated youth and women as the main drivers of Pakistan’s economy and guarantors of its stability.

About the inaugural meeting of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) on July 22, he said Islamabad believed only Afghan-led …. Read More on Pajhwok

Leaders in Afghanistan’s south call for action following nationwide dialogue on peace – Reliefweb

KANDAHAR – After nation-wide consultations on peace among ordinary Afghans from across the country, all documented in a new book, community leaders in Helmand and Nimroz gathered at UN-backed events to discuss possible next steps toward building a more stable and prosperous country.

The recently published book, titled “34 Roadmaps of the Afghan People’s Dialogue,” is a distillation of the consultations involving more than 6,000 people – a third of whom were women. It details Afghan views on peace, reconciliation, human rights, gender equality and economic development.

During the events in the provincial capitals of Lashkar Gah and Zaranj, participants discussed plans for implementing …. Read More on Reliefweb

Assaults by Taliban raise questions about US plan for peace – New Jersey Herald

In this Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, photo, Afghan security personnel patrol in the city of Ghazni province west of Kabul, Afghanistan. A Taliban assault on Ghazni, a key city linking areas of Taliban influence barely 75 miles from Kabul, has killed about 100 Afghan policemen and soldiers since Friday, the Afghan Defense Ministry said. A year after the Trump administration introduced its strategy for Afghanistan, the Taliban are asserting themselves on the battlefield even as U.S. officials talk up hopes for peace. That’s raising questions about the viability of the American game plan for ending a war that began when some of the current U.S. troops were in diapers. (AP Photo/Mohammad Anwar Danishyar)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after the Trump administration introduced its strategy for Afghanistan, the Taliban are asserting themselves on the battlefield even as U.S. officials talk up hopes for peace. That’s raising questions about the viability of the American game plan for ending a war that began when some of the current U.S. troops were in diapers.

A Taliban assault on Ghazni, a key city linking areas of Taliban influence barely 75 miles from Kabul, has killed about 100 Afghan security forces and 20 civilians since Friday, the Afghan Defense Ministry said. That has demonstrated the militants’ ability to attack, if not hold, a strategic center on the nation’s main highway, and highlighted the vulnerability of Afghan security forces.

In a reminder that U.S. troops and their families are paying a heavy price, even with Afghan forces in the lead combat role, the Pentagon announced Monday that …. Read More on New Jersey Herald

The Rise of Taliban Influence in Afghanistan – wnycstudios

Afghan security personnel patrol in the city of Ghazni in Ghazni province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. ( AP Photo/Mohammad Anwar Danishyar / AP Images )

It has been almost 17 years since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, to oust the Taliban which had long sheltered al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden in the countryAll these years later, the Taliban has still not been defeated.

In recent days, government forces in Afghanistan have been fiercely battling against Taliban insurgents after the extremists launched a major…. Read More on wnycstudios

Taliban Offensive Exposes Fragile US Hopes for Afghan Peace – VOA News

In this Aug. 12, 2018, photo, Afghan security personnel patrol in the city of Ghazni province west of Kabul, Afghanistan.

A year after the Trump administration introduced its strategy for Afghanistan, the Taliban are asserting themselves on the battlefield even as U.S. officials talk up hopes for peace. That’s raising questions about the viability of the American game plan for ending a war that began when some of the current U.S. troops were in diapers.

A Taliban assault on Ghazni, a key city linking areas of Taliban influence barely 75 miles from Kabul, has killed about 100 Afghan security forces and 20 civilians since Friday, the Afghan Defense Ministry said. That has demonstrated the militants’ ability to attack, if not hold, a strategic center on the nation’s main highway, and highlighted …. Read More on VOA News

Taliban’s political stature rises with talks in Uzbekistan – abcnews

In a rare diplomatic foray and the strongest sign yet of increasing Taliban political clout in the region, the head of the insurgents’ political office led a delegation to Uzbekistan to meet senior Foreign Ministry officials there, Uzbek and Taliban officials said.

Taliban political chief Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai represented the insurgents in the four-day talks that ended on Friday and included meetings with Uzbekistan’s Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov as well as the country’s special representative to Afghanistan Ismatilla Irgashev.

The meetings follow an offer made by Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev in March to broker peace in Afghanistan.