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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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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

Moscow Meeting: A Singular Hope for talks with the Taliban

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

Will the Taliban agree to talk to Kabul?

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