What an Afghan Peace Deal Could Look Like

March 02, 2021

In a recent interview with the BBC, President Ashraf Ghani insisted that the condition for peace in Afghanistan depends on the condition of the war. First, according to him, Afghan security forces need international support due to intensifying violence by armed groups, including the Taliban....

The Tug of War in Washington Around the War in Afghanistan

September 15, 2020

The struggle has been going on for four years and is once again approaching a possible turning point. On one side you have a majority of Democrat and Republican legislators united with the intelligence community in the team called “proponents of a massive US military presence across the...

The Limits of India’s Soft Power in Afghanistan

March 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...

The US Wants an “Honorable Withdrawal” from Afghanistan

December 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: “ Obama is pursuing ideological, not geopolitical, objectives.” If it was true about President...

Is Peace at Hand in Afghanistan?

November 05, 2018

Despite the bloody headlines, a slow-motion alignment of interests could mean peace in Afghanistan — if the Trump administration cooperates. The news that the Americans recently held face-to-face talks with the Taliban suggests that longest war in US history may have reached a turning point....