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Will there be lasting peace in Afghanistan?

The Afghan peace process suffered a setback when the peace talks scheduled for April 24 in Turkey were postponed. The Taliban refused to attend the peace conference. Now the conference…

Peace for Afghanistan

Afghans are once again at the crossroads of their destiny. This time too, their ‘saviours’ are at the forefront deciding their fate. But with little viable choices at hand, they…

A long way to Afghan peace

SUCH is the irony of history that yet another superpower is negotiating its exit from Afghanistan as the war-ravaged country recently observed the 31st anniversary of the withdrawal of the…

Afghan reconciliation

THE results of the 2019 Afghan presidential elections have further complicated the prospects for achieving intra-Afghan political reconciliation. They have pushed down the hope that the newly elected regime would…

Afghan politics vs infection

EVEN Covid-19 has failed to take attention away from the ongoing political stand-off in Afghanistan. The intensity of the Afghan political crisis is so great that the power stakeholders in…

US in Afghanistan

Very soon after taking office in 2009, President Obama appointed Richard Holbrooke as special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan. This ‘Af-Pak’ setup showed a lack of understanding of how Pakistan-India…

Afghanistan challenges

The Afghan Taliban and the Americans reached an agreement on February 29, 2020 in Doha. According to this agreement, the foreign forces were to leave Afghanistan within 14 months (before…

Afghan dilemma

THE Biden administration has made clear its desire to bring America’s 20-year involvement in Afghanistan to a dignified end. But after a decade of missed objectives in a country ravaged…

Pakistan and the Afghan peace process

On December 2, the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban announced that they had made a breakthrough in the Intra-Afghan Dialogue. The two parties have concluded a written agreement that…

Intra-Afghan peace talks

WITH the last hitch removed, the elusive intra-Afghan dialogue is now likely to take place next week to discuss the country’s political future that could bring an end to the…