October 20, 2020
What the Fate of Freed Taliban Prisoners Means for the Afghan Peace Process
By Franz J. Marty
Whether freed Taliban rejoin the fight – and what might motivate them to finally put down their arms – has ramifications for peace in Afghanistan.
August 11, 2020
With Final Prisoner Release, Afghanistan Takes a Giant Step Toward Peace
By Ahmad Mohibi
At long last, the Afghan government and the Taliban are ready to start their long-delayed peace talks.
July 25, 2020
Will Afghanistan’s Long-Delayed Peace Ever Arrive?
By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
As Kabul and the Taliban continue to stall peace talks, Afghans' hopes are dying.
January 24, 2020
The Pitfalls in Afghanistan’s Peace Process
By Daud Khattak
A US-Taliban peace agreement seems closer than ever, but the whole thing could unravel when it comes time for intra-Afghan talks.
January 17, 2020
The Missing Links in the Afghan Peace Process
By Mushtaq Rahim
The U.S., Afghan government, and Taliban will all need to readjust their positions if there is to be any hope of peace.
October 08, 2019
With the Afghan Taliban in Islamabad, Is Pakistan Finally Getting What It Has Always Wanted?
By Umair Jamal
What are the Taliban up to?
August 27, 2019
Balochistan’s Role in the Afghanistan Quagmire
By Muhammad Akbar Notezai
How the Pakistani province became embroiled in the Afghan conflict.
August 22, 2019
Afghanistan's Terror Threat Is Much Bigger Than the Taliban
By Saurav Sarkar
Even if peace is reached with the Taliban, terrorism will remain a serious problem in Afghanistan.
August 13, 2019
Why Are the Taliban Reluctant to Declare a Ceasefire?
By Daud Khattak
It's not only a negotiating tactic. There's real fear on the Taliban's end about what happens after the guns go silent.
July 17, 2019
What Did the Intra-Afghan Dialogue Accomplish?
By R. Maxwell Bone
The talks were a step in the right direction, but only the beginning of a long, fraught process.
April 30, 2019
Afghan President Convenes Grand Council, Hoping for Consensus on Taliban Talks
By Kathy Gannon
The Loya Jirga is supposed to forge unity in a divided Afghanistan, but it may just underline existing fissures.
April 23, 2019
An Afghan Peace on Whose Terms?
By Marvin G. Weinbaum and Samad Sadri
Peace talks are predicated on the notion that the Taliban have fundamentally changed. They haven't.