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Rahimullah Yusufzai

Rahimullah Yusufzai is a senior political and security analyst in Pakistan. He was the first to interview Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar and twice interviewed Osama Bin Laden in 1998. Twitter: @rahimyusufzai1

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China’s role, and stakes, in the Afghan peace process

It is rare for the Chinese government to publicly acknowledge a visit paid by Afghan Taliban representatives, but recently, amid a growing number of countries who have established contact and held talks with the armed group, it has admitted just that.

July 02, 2019

Provincial elections in the old tribal areas a glimmer of hope

Almost a year after the general election of July 2018, voters in Pakistan’s erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) bordering Afghanistan will get another opportunity to cast their votes to elect lawmakers for the provincial assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province.

June 25, 2019

Russia is playing an increasing role in the Afghan peace process

Russia hosted the second intra-Afghan meeting in less than four months as it continues to seek a role as a credible mediator for ending the Afghan conflict.

June 09, 2019

A ceasefire isn’t easy for the Taliban leadership

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

Islamabad and Kabul: A Floundering Relationship

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

Talking Peace in Doha

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

Pak-Taliban talks: A Mysterious Cancellation

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