The main topics of the US-Taliban fifth meeting

  The fifth round of peace negotiations between representatives of the United States and the Taliban commenced a couple of weeks ago on 25th February, 2019 in Doha. Although there was a two-day break in talks on 28th February and 1st March, the talks resumed again on 2nd March and are still in progress. Even […]

The Islamabad meeting; Is the blacklist an obstacle for peace?

  A few days ago, The Taliban stated, in a proclamation that based on the Pakistani government’s official demand, their representatives will meet the U.S. representatives and the prime minister of Pakistan before Doha meeting. The Islamabad meeting was planed in a time, when the crowned prince of the Saudi Arabia had also a trip […]

The Moscow Summit: the beginning of Intra- Afghan talks?

  A few days ago, on 5th and 6th of Feb 2019, the Taliban, Afghan politicians, Jihadi leaders and former government officials met to discuss the Afghan peace in Moscow. After the meeting, the participants published a proclamation. Regarding the Moscow summit, many politicians think that such meetings will help to end the disagreements between […]

Ambiguities in the Afghan peace process

  The U.S. President Donald Trump, in his State of the Union 2019 address on February 05, 2019, said “In Afghanistan, my administration is holding constructive talks with a number of Afghan groups including the Taliban. As we make progress in these negotiations, we will be able to reduce our troop presence and focus on […]

Afghan Peace Process: Six Days of Talks Between the U.S. and Taliban

  The third round of Afghan peace talks was held around two months ago in UAE. Negotiations were postponed due to disagreement on the agenda. Although the talks seemed to have reached a dead end, it instigated again recently. The fourth round of the US-Taliban peace talks happened from 21st to 26th of January 2019. […]

Dead end of Afghan peace negotiations and pressures on Taliban

  The efforts to end the current war in Afghanistan initiated under the leadership of the United States a few months ago. Since then, United States and the Taliban negotiated face to face three times. However after the meeting in Abu Dhabi, the negotiations have delayed and encountered obstacles. Following the talks in Abu Dhabi, […]

Need for Talks between Taliban and Afghan Government on Afghan Peace

  The United States and the Taliban make efforts to reach an understanding through talks on putting an end to the 18-year-long on-going war in Afghanistan. The Afghan war has taken the lives of tens of thousands of Afghans.  In the series, the US and Taliban representatives have had direct talks on Afghan peace since […]

Khalilzad’s Third Visit; Peace Talks with Taliban

  As the special envoy of US Department of State for peace talks with Taliban, Zalmay Khalilzad had a 3-day meeting with Taliban representatives during the third visit of his mission in United Arab Emirates (UAE) last week. Representatives of Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and UAE were also presented in the talks. Although some Western media […]

Latest Developments and Hopes for Afghan Peace

  The special envoy of US Department of State for Afghan peace, Zalmay Khalilzad concluded a second visit to the region, including Afghanistan, after the latest meeting on Afghan peace in Moscow. Zalmay had met the Taliban officials in Qatar during the visit as well. After his Qatar visits, Zalmay arrived in Kabul last week […]

The Struggle against Corruption in Ghani’s Term

  Realization of good governance in Afghanistan was one of important promises of President Ghani at the beginning of his term, whose one of the most important indices are counted to be maintaining transparency and tackling corruption.      President Ghani took the office while Afghanistan was being considered as one of the most corrupt countries in […]

The Moscow Meeting and its Impacts on Afghan Peace Process

  Last week (November 9, 2018), Moscow was hosting an important meeting on Afghan peace. Twelve regional countries, including the United States and Afghanistan, were invited to the meeting; however, the US participated as an observer and Afghanistan sent a senior Afghan High Peace Council delegation to the meeting instead of dispatching its official representatives. […]

Need for Regional Cooperation on Afghan Peace

  Although the latest steps of U.S. toward Afghan peace are hopeful; but the role of regional countries in the prices cannot be neglected at the same time. Considering the 17-year long Afghan war, it seems that cooperation and involvement of regional powerful countries is also important for peace and stability in the country. Russia […]

Release of Mullah Baradar and New Developments on Afghan Peace

  Much efforts for initiating peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban has been made especially after the National Unity Government (NUG) was established. However, these efforts are yet to bear any results and have always faced a deadlock. This has resulted in the United States stepping up efforts for initiating direct talks […]

Khalilzad’s New Mission and Future of Afghan Peace Talks

  Approximately one month ago, Zalmay Khalilzad was appointed as the US State Department Special Advisor on leading the peace talks between Afghan government and Taliban. Based on remarks from the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Zalmay Khalilzad will lead the Washington efforts on supporting the peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban, […]