About TFPI

About TFPI

TFPI has been registered in UK and Pakistan. TFPI is a network of concerned idealists who want to make a tangible contribution to achieving peace. We promote the use of dialogue and political engagement, backed up by practical interventions to improve people’s lives, as a way of transforming conflict. More »



TFPI promotes practical strategies to help achieve peace. We present these strategies in our own briefings and through materials published in a range of outlets. TFPI network members have published widely and are regularly interviewed in mainstream media. Download a selection of recent writing and media on strategies for peace. More »



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Accord – Incremental peace in Afghanistan – Conciliation Resources

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 »

The Taliban’s Battle Plan By Michael Semple – Foreign Affairs

The Taliban’s Battle Plan By Michael Semple – Foreign Affairs

Zalmay Khalilzad, the United States’ envoy for Afghan reconciliation, has breathed new life into attempts to conduct peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Having met with Taliban representatives in More »


US to coordinate Afghan adjustments with Nato – Dawn

WASHINGTON: The United States will coordinate adjustments in its presence in Afghanistan with its Nato allies, says US special representative Zalmay Khalilzad.

The assurance follows media reports that Nato allies were upset with Washington for not involving them in the Afghan peace process, which includes a series of meetings between US and Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar.

Mr Khalilzad, the US special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation, heads the American team in …. Read More on Dawn

Artifacts and tears: Afghans confront emotional costs of war – The Christian Science Monitor

A veteran of Afghanistan’s endless wars, Kabal Shah can only wipe away his tears when he frees his hand from one of his crutches, holding the metal support steady with the stump of his amputated leg.

Wearing a thick beard on his grizzled face and a wool shawl over his shoulder to ward off the late winter cold, Mr. Shah is part of the emotional outpouring at the opening of the Afghanistan Center for Memory and Dialogue – the first repository of four decades of victims’ memories to be systematically collected in the country.

The center is a project of the Afghan Human Rights and Democracy Organization (AHRDO), which since 2009 has sought to foster … Read More on The Christian Science Monitor

The Limits of India’s Soft Power in Afghanistan – Fair observer

In the shifting sands of the power play unfolding in Afghanistan, New Delhi remains a mere spectator.

The latest round of US negotiations with the Taliban in Doha has garnered considerable international attention, with the group’s co-founder, Mullah Baradar, leading the insurgent team. As the search for an end to the long war in Afghanistan has intensified, prospects of a quick-fix solution through peace negotiations by major powers like the US and Russia has left India in a quandary. New Delhi’s policy of unconditional support provided to the Afghan government is hitting a roadblock as Kabul is being increasingly sidelined not only in these externally mediated peace negotiations, but also in the internal reconfiguration that is taking place in the light of the ongoing negotiations and the upcoming …. Read More on Fair Observer

Trump envoy is selling out Afghanistan in Taliban peace talks: senior Afghan official – NBC News

A top Afghan government official on Thursday blasted the Trump administration’s peace talks with the Taliban, accusing a U.S. presidential envoy of shutting out the Kabul government and betraying the trust of a close ally.

“We don’t know what’s going on. We don’t have the kind of transparency that we should have,” Hamdullah Mohib, Afghan national security adviser, told reporters during a visit to Washington.

Asked if President Donald Trump’s envoy for reconciliation in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, was consulting the Afghan government …. Read More on NBC News

Senior Afghan official accuses US envoy of ‘delegitimizing’ Afghan government – CNN

(CNN)A senior Afghan official on Thursday accused the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation of undercutting the Afghan government in ongoing peace talks, suggesting it could be an effort to propel the envoy’s own political ambitions.

Afghan National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib said that special representative Zalmay Khalilzad had been “stonewalling” the Afghan government on the ongoing bilateral US-Taliban negotiations, the most recent round of which wrapped up this week in Doha.

He accused Khalilzad of legitimizing the Taliban and decreasing the legitimacy of the Afghan government during the …. Read More on CNN

Kuwait expresses confidence in achieving peace, stability in Afghanistan – Menafn

(MENAFN – Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) NEW YORK, March 12 (KUNA) — Kuwait expressed confidence in the international and regional groups involved in the Afghanistan peace process, including the important role of the United States special representative for reconciliation in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad with his negotiations to contribute to unity and achieve national reconciliation with all Afghan parties, said a top Kuwaiti diplomat late Monday. 

This came during a speech, delivered by Kuwait’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi, to a UNSC session on ….. Read More on Menafn

Pakistan says ‘progress’ made at Taliban-US talks in Qatar – 660 City News

DOHA, Qatar — Pakistan’s foreign minister says “progress has been made” at ongoing peace talks in Qatar between the Taliban and the U.S. that have stretched over two weeks.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke on Tuesday at a news conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Islamabad.

Qureshi didn’t elaborate, though he added: “Pakistan has encouraged all factions within Afghanistan to sit together and have a meaningful intra-Afghan dialogue.”

The talks between U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban representatives have gone on days longer than initially expected in …. Read More on 660 City News

Pakistan wants ‘responsible’ withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan: FM Qureshi – Business Recorder

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mehmood Qureshi Tuesday said that being an important stakeholder in Afghan peace process, Pakistan wanted a ‘responsible’ withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

He was addressing a joint press conference with his German counterpart Heiko Maas, who arrived here earlier today to hold discussions regarding regional peace and situation in Afghanistan.

Qureshi told media that he apprised Maas on the post Pulwama situation and the steps Pakistan had taken to deescalate the situation.

He said that Pakistan had been saying for long that Afghan issue could only be resolved through dialogue and we are glad that now … Read More on Business Recorder