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Fri, May 29, 2020

Afghanistan needs a settlement

Sitting at a new crossroads, Afghanistan is once again tilting between an opportunity to take the path to peace and a political settlement—hard as it may seem—or to bounce back on the path of more violence and conflict with no end in sight.

New Atlanticist by Omar Samad

Afghanistan Conflict

Thu, May 28, 2020

Aman as a speaker at the Middle East Institute: Iran, Russia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan: Prospects and Potential Trajectories

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Economy & Business

Wed, May 27, 2020

Ahmad in the EastWest Institute: Terrorism in Afghanistan: A Joint Threat Assessment

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Security & Defense

Thu, May 21, 2020

Iran and the US ‘meet’ again over Afghanistan

Iran has shown a willingness to engage with the US when the time and venue are right.

IranSource by Barbara Slavin

Afghanistan Iran

Mon, May 18, 2020

Afghan power sharing deal breaks Kabul’s political impasse and raises hope for unity

With the tentative peace deal under fire, continuing havoc wreaked by the COVID-19 pandemic, and a looming US troop withdrawal, the breakthrough in the Afghan government’s political deadlock which emerged on May 15 will undoubtedly be welcomed by many in Afghanistan and the international community.

New Atlanticist by South Asia Center

Afghanistan Conflict

Fri, May 15, 2020

Afghan migrants: Unwanted in Iran and at home

Tensions between Iran and Afghanistan are rising over the alleged drowning of Afghan migrants in the Harirud River by Iranian border guards in early May.

IranSource by Fatemeh Aman

Afghanistan Iran

Tue, May 12, 2020

Will India amend its approach to Afghanistan peace?

As India considers its next steps in Afghanistan, it may well conclude that it can no longer remain a mere spectator in peace efforts. This may include more aggressive calls for a humanitarian ceasefire, seeking more clarity about Pakistan’s role in the peace process, and possibly seeking an observer role in the future intra-Afghan talks

New Atlanticist by Javid Ahmad

Afghanistan Conflict

Fri, May 1, 2020

How to make a bad situation much worse: Run from Afghanistan because of the virus

Recent news reports suggest that US President Donald J. Trump is seriously considering withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan because of concerns relating to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). There are arguments for the United States to stay and to go, but this is a bad one on every count. Our troops will be exposed to COVID-19 wherever they are. In Afghanistan, our military presence is key to the strategy the Trump administration has been laboring to implement to foment peace.

New Atlanticist by James B Cunningham, Hugo Llorens, Richard Olson, Ronald E. Neumann, and Earl Anthony Wayne

Afghanistan Conflict

Fri, Apr 24, 2020

Cunningham joins USIP Inaugural Afghanistan Peace Process Study Group to discuss US Policy Recommendations for the Peace Process

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Crisis Management

Fri, Apr 24, 2020

Afghanistan needs a ceasefire now to battle COVID-19

COVID-19 will not wait for negotiators to reach a humanitarian ceasefire. This is not the time to place political goals above public health or to exploit divisions. A coordinated plan of action, grounded in a public health perspective and which prioritizes pausing the violence, is necessary in order to save lives. Any actor using the pandemic to score political points or to strengthen their hand at the negotiation table cannot be truly committed to peace in Afghanistan.

New Atlanticist by Marika Theros and Sahar Halaimzai

Afghanistan Conflict