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The Afghan Peace Process: An FAQ – The Diplomat

M. Ashraf Haidari, Director-General of Policy & Strategy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, has been intimately involved in the Afghan peace 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 »


Moscow supports Pakistan’s efforts towards peace in Afghanistan – The Nation

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that Pakistan welcomes any initiative which can bring peace and stability to Afghanistan as the entire region will benefit from it, reported by Radio Pakistan.

He was talking to Chief of General Staff of Russian Armed Forces, General Valery Vasilevich Gerasimov,  in Moscow.

Matters related to regional security, stability and bilateral military …. Read More on The Nation

Is America Ready for a Peace Deal in Afghanistan? – National interest

The Trump administration appears to be following the pattern of its predecessor in imagining a political endgame in Afghanistan.

The Afghan Taliban announced the launch of their annual spring offensive on April 25, on the same schedule they’ve stuck to for many years. At the same time, the United States is reported to have dropped more bombs in Afghanistan in the first quarter of 2018 than in the same period of any of the last fifteen years. This persistence—and, indeed, intensification—of the conflict might seem to suggest that conditions are not suited to pursuing a peaceful settlement.

But a more clear-eyed view is that the war in Afghanistan is now as ripe for negotiated settlement as it is ever likely to be. Military stalemate is an essential precondition for negotiated conflict resolution, and …. Read More on National interest

Pakistan, US continue to differ on Afghan policy – The Express Tribune

Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua with American official Alice Wells. PHOTO: FILE PHOTO

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and the United States struggle to find a ‘common ground’ on Afghanistan and other regional issues despite several rounds of the talks between the two countries, officials said on Monday.

To break the stalemate, President Donald Trump’s senior aide visited Islamabad for the second time in less than a month. Ambassador Alice Wells, the Department of State’s Senior Bureau Official, in a daylong trip held talks with Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua.

The Foreign Office only issued a picture showing Wells and Janjua shaking hands before the talks. The US Embassy did release a statement but that also offered little insight into the latest round …. Read More on The Express Tribune

A stable Afghanistan can contribute to larger Chinese economic development agenda – Pajhwok

China is one of the most important contemporary political-economic actors globally and more so in the South Asian region because of its ever-expanding economic initiatives and engagement in political-economic affairs in the region and beyond. However, it has been playing the role of a silent viewer vis a vis Afghan conflict throughout the course of 2000s with very limited engagement in the Afghan political dynamics at a time when the Country has been an arena for a diverse set of actors. Beijing has contained itself in terms of participating in debates focused on Afghan …. Read More on Pajhwok

Why Elections Could Break the Afghan Peace Process or Fix It – The Diplomat

Image Credit: USAID Afghanistan

With parliamentary elections scheduled for October, Afghanistan has the opportunity to bring moderate members of the Taliban into the government and take an important step towards achieving long-term peace. The same elections, however, could upend the fragile coalition currently ruling the country and open the door for even greater conflict. The next months will require careful diplomacy on all sides to make sure elections don’t upend any hopes for peace.

This week Afghanistan’s Independent Electoral Commission began the voter registration drive for the parliamentary elections it announced would be held on October 20, 2018, after a delay of three years. This comes at a moment when the Afghan government and the Taliban are …. Read More on The Diplomat

Afghanistan on the brink: Can the Taliban negotiate with Kabul? – Herald

An Afghan security officer in Jalalabad, Afghanistan | AP

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has offered the Taliban talks without preconditions and with the possibility of political recognition. And the US State Department has supported the announcement despite President Donald Trump earlier pointing towards an increase in military pressure on the insurgency. This comes amid reports released last year by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) stating that the Taliban controlled or contested 43 per cent of Afghanistan’s districts.

The focus on what international actors can do to facilitate the process is warranted given their history of involvement in the country’s affairs. However, there is an equally urgent need to debate whether …. Read More on Herald

Polls, peace tents social pressure on Taliban: NATO – Pajhwok Afghan News

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): A majority of the insurgents wants to reconcile, says NATO and US forces top commander in Afghanistan.

At the same, Gen. John Nicholson said pressure on the rebels was simultaneously maintained.

Addressing a gathering at the governor’s house in Kandahar City, the capital of southern Kandahar province, Nicholson said they would bring more diplomatic pressure on Pakistan to help bring peace to Afghanistan.

Diplomatic, military and social pressures on the insurgents would be …. Read More on Pajhwok Afghan News

Taliban Rejects Ghani’s Call for Political Reconciliation -VOA News

FILE – Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a panel discussion at Asia Society in New York, Sept. 20, 2017.

The Taliban has ruled out political reconciliation with the Afghan government and urged war-weary voters to boycott upcoming parliamentary elections in the country, alleging the “fake” exercise is being staged at the behest of U.S.-led “foreign occupation” forces.

The statement comes in response to President Ashraf Ghani’s call on Saturday in which he invited the Taliban again to avail themselves of his offer of peace talks and join the October 20 elections in Afghanistan as a “political party.”

Ghani made his offer of unconditional peace talks in February, a move widely welcomed by domestic and international partners of …. Read More on VOA News