Abbas Farasoo

PhD candidate at Deakin University
Abbas Farasoo is a Ph.D. candidate at Deakin University, Australia. He has an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies in Japan. Abbas Farasoo’s research examines the impacts of proxy war on the dynamics of civil war. At the same time, he is one of the investigators on the Carnegie Corporation of New York-funded project on ‘Assessing the impact of external actors in the Syria and Afghan proxy wars’ (Grant number: G-18-55949) at Deakin University, Australia. Previously, he has worked as Chargé d’Affaires and Deputy Ambassador at Afghanistan Embassy in Australia and as the Deputy Director-General for Regional Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan. He is a frequent contributor to different newspapers on socio-political affairs.

No Place for Naivety in Afghan Peace Talks

Oct 01, 2020

In recent years, there has been widespread talk in the media about how much the Taliban has changed. First, it has been argued that the Taliban’s ideological view has been adjusted, which created the impression that the armed group no longer has a problem with human rights or gender equality....

Will the US-Taliban Deal Bring Peace to Afghanistan?

Mar 02, 2020

After a week-long reduction in violence to test the Taliban’s ability to control their fighters on the ground in Afghanistan, the US and the Taliban signed their long-awaited peace agreement on February 29 in Qatar’s capital, Doha. The deal, officially titled the Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan, was signed...

Is Afghanistan Ready to Negotiate With the Taliban?

Jan 28, 2020

After more than a year of negotiations between US and Taliban representatives in Qatar, talks have now reached a critical point. The two sides are reportedly close to signing an agreement that will pave the way for intra-Afghan dialogue and the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan. However, it is...

Will Iran and the US Go to War?

Jan 08, 2020

The assassination of the commander of Iran’s Quds Force, Major General Qassem Soleimani, by the United States on January 3, along with his right-hand man in Iraq, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, was a surprising move for many. Soleimani’s assassination increased pressure on President Donald Trump in Washington and has already intensified...

The US Wants an “Honorable Withdrawal” from Afghanistan

Dec 20, 2018

As the US seeks an urgent withdrawal, there will not be durable peace in Afghanistan, nor a dignified exit for America. John Bolton, the current US national security adviser, once wrote: “[Barack] Obama is pursuing ideological, not geopolitical, objectives.” If it was true about President Obama’s foreign policy in the...

Taliban Attacks on Hazara Communities Raise Fear of Mass Atrocities

Nov 13, 2018

Afghanistan’s Hazara community is caught between attacks by Taliban and Islamic State militants, and neglect by the government. It started with a Facebook post: “I can’t bear it anymore. I am going out. Will you join me?” Within an hour, by midnight local time on November 11, hundreds took to...

Afghanistan's Quest for Regional Cooperation

Dec 08, 2016

Afghanistan’s regional policy is not constructed around local rivalries. On December 4, the Sixth Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process was held in Amritsar, India. The Heart of Asia process was launched in 2011 as a new and complementary framework for enhancing dialogue and consensus for regional cooperation and stability....

Jihadists Threaten the Nation State

Jan 26, 2016

International cooperation is essential to destroy sanctuaries of militant jihadism in Asia. In July 2015, at the BRICS Summit, Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said: “While threats to global order in general and to the state system in particular are increasing, the response is too fragmented and episodic.” Similarly, in a statement...