Ahmad Shah Katawazai

Ahmad Shah Katawazai

The writer is a member of the Academy of Sciences of Afghanistan and a former Diplomat at the Afghan Embassy Washington D.C. He has a masters degree in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University and a masters degree in International Legal Studies from the American University. He tweets @askatawazai

Is a peace deal in Afghanistan possible?

After a month-long thaw starting from last September, the Afghan peace process has now started to gain some momentum. United States Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad met with President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul yesterday to discuss the future of peace talks with the Taliban. On Friday, Moscow hosted Khalilzad, along with Chinese and Pakistani representatives, to find a way for the resumption of the negotiations with the Taliban. Last week, Khalilzad and European Union envoy Roland Kobia, issued a comprehensive communique acknowledging that “sustainable peace can only be achieved through a negotiated political settlement.” However, these intra-Afghan negotiations between the ...

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