Without Free and Fair Elections, Afghanistan’s Economy Will Not Recover

Sep 25, 2019

Afghanistan’s presidential election, scheduled for September 28, will hopefully bring the 9.6 million registered voters to the polling stations, 35% of them women. The election is essentially a rematch between the current president, Ashraf Ghani, and his chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, plus...

The Afghan Peace Process: Two Phases of the Taliban

Apr 30, 2019

The prospect of a peaceful Afghanistan is only realistic if the Taliban breaks ties with other terrorist groups, agrees to a ceasefire and joins the intra-Afghan peace talks. The Afghan government has been calling for peace talks for many years, yet only in November 2018 did the Taliban agree to...

Can an Interim Government Provide a Peaceful Solution to the War in Afghanistan?

Apr 10, 2019

It is important that any peace deal should further legitimize the current state, strengthen the post-2001 democratization process and include all the parties involved in the conflict. With the US stating its intention to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, the doors have opened for political...

The Limits of India’s Soft Power in Afghanistan

Mar 18, 2019

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...

Can the Afghan Peace Process Succeed?

Jan 28, 2019

Talks with the Taliban must include long-term, patient efforts to negotiate and resolve the disagreements between the Afghans on the issue of peace. In 2018, Afghanistan witnessed rapid changes in the ongoing peace process. In early February, President Ashraf Ghani extended an unconditional...

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