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, […]

Role and Future of Regional Efforts in Afghan Peace

  While the regional and international-level efforts for Afghan peace are underway, the actors in the process search for their own interests in the matter. Taliban also try to further increase their diplomacy in an effort to usurp these actors for the sake of putting pressure on the Afghan government and International Community. In recent […]

Peace and the New Emerging Aspects of the Afghan War

  Following the instigation of rumors on direct talks between the U.S. and the Taliban, last week, the Wall Street Journal published a report in which it pointed out that the Taliban and U.S officials had direct talks in Doha of Qatar. Although the Taliban are yet to release any official statements, a number of […]

Saudi Conference and the Future of Peace in Afghanistan

  A two-day conference of Religious Scholars of Islamic World on Afghan War and Peace became convened as result of the initiative of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and collaboration of Saudi Arabia last week (10-11 July 2018).    More than 100 religious scholars from 37 countries, including Afghanistan, were participated in the 2-day international conference […]

Afghan Peace Process and Inter-Afghan Dialogue Deadlock

  Last week, Alice Wells, US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, during her visit to Kabul, told journalists that no justification is left for the Taliban to reject peace talks with the Afghan government as the United States announced its readiness to join the peace talks and discuss about […]

A Look at the Temporary Ceasefire and its Impact on the Peace Process

  The Taliban declared a three-day ceasefire against government forces for the first time since 2001 and beginning of war against the Afghan government and foreign forces in the country. The three-day Taliban ceasefire in the three days of Eid was a response to the eight-day ceasefire of the Afghan government from the 27th month […]