Predictably, without any incentive or compulsion to engage with the Afghan government at this time, the Taliban turned down President Ashraf Ghani’s offer of a ceasefire to coincide with the start of the holy month of Ramadan earlier this month.
May 16, 2019
The diplomatic backlash from Afghan and US officials to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent comments regarding the formation of an interim government in Afghanistan shows how quickly emotions and regional tensions can be inflamed in the sensitive matter of Afghan politics.
April 01, 2019
After a two day break, Taliban and American interlocutors got back to talking on March 2nd in Doha, fanning hopes once again for a breakthrough in negotiations.
March 05, 2019
High hopes have been attached to the next round of Taliban-US peace talks in Qatar on February 25 after the surprise cancellation of the proposed meeting between the two sides in Pakistan.
February 24, 2019
Three months after hosting the “Moscow Format” conference that brought together officials of 12 countries and a high-level delegation of the Afghan Taliban, Russia holds center-stage again.
February 13, 2019
There was a glimmer of hope that the Afghan conflict could be peacefully brought to an end when the US started exploratory talks with the Taliban in Qatar last July, but the current impasse highlights the difficulties in resolving the longstanding issue.
January 19, 2019