Tag: Ashraf Ghani

Scenarios in Afghanistan

Strategic Council Online: At present, there are three currents in Afghanistan claiming power: Abdullah Abdullah and the Jihadists, the Liberal Democrats represented by Ashraf Ghani, and the Taliban. Zalmay Khalilzad seems to be trying to balance these three currents in order to overcome the crisis in Afghanistan.
Pir Mohammad Molazehi – Expert on Afghanistan

Prospect of Peace Talks in Light of New Developments in Afghanistan

Strategic Council Online: It looks like eventually US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who is in Kabul, will intervene in the current governance process in Afghanistan and bring Abdullah Abdullah to the negotiating table: A situation similar to what happened when John Kerry was in office; that is today a new government will be formed with some differences. In this new government, space will also be opened for the Taliban, and Zalmay will probably succeed in bringing the three currents – Ashraf Ghani, Abdullah Abdullah and Taliban to the negotiating table to pull Afghanistan out of the current situation.
Pir Mohammad Molazehi – Indian Subcontinent Affairs Expert

Taliban Retreat and Ambiguities in Possible Peace with America

Strategic Council Online: Donald Trump is now in dire need of foreign accomplishments in 2020, the year of presidential elections, and if Washington can reach a deal with the Taliban and sign it, Trump could use it as bargaining chip.
Pir Mohammad Molazehi – Afghanistan Affairs Expert

Iran’s Considerations for Negotiating with the Taliban

Strategic Council Online: Iran cannot remain indifferent to the future of Afghanistan, its neighbor, and at the same time, a just and lasting peace cannot be achieved without Iranian cooperation. Iran’s strategy vis-à-vis Afghanistan appears to be continued negotiations with the Afghan government and the Taliban, taking into account the views of other influential groups.
Mohsen Pakaeen – Former Director of Afghanistan Department at IRI Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Uncertainty over the Fate of Afghan Elections and Negotiations with the Taliban

Strategic Council Online: An Asian affairs expert said if the US is honest in its drive to stabilize Afghanistan, it should provide the ground for dialogue between the Taliban and the Afghan government. He stressed: Iran out of political and security considerations in the region is trying to pave the way for inter-Afghan talks, and is perhaps one of the few countries to do so in coordination with the Afghan government.

Trump’s Unannounced & Intrusive Trip to Afghanistan

Strategic Council Online: Former Director of Afghanistan Affairs Department at IRI Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the US President’s unannounced visit to Afghanistan and presence at Bagram military base was an unusual act contrary to the independence of an independent state. He added: Although the US claims that talks to reach a peace deal are on track, but they are unlikely to have a tangible outcome in the current situation, and after Trump’s trip to Afghanistan, Taliban officials have said they are not ready for peace talks unless an agreement is signed.

Causes & Consequences of the Decline in Afghan Elections Turnout

Strategic Council Online: A regional affairs analyst said Afghan citizens’ dissatisfaction with the election procedure led to a low voter turnout, noting that due to the low turnout if the election trend is transparent it would go to a second round like the previous election.

Suspension of Peace Talks; Deception of US and Taliban

Strategic Council Online: Former Director of Afghanistan Department at the IRI Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “We should not consider the negotiations over because of differences of opinion between the United States and the Taliban. We must pay attention to America’s hidden goals to bring the Taliban back to power: A group that could be linked to the ISIS with the help of the United States.”

Questioning the Taliban-US Agreement!

Strategic Council Online: Whether the Taliban-US agreement will lead to a ceasefire or an understanding with the Afghan central government remains unclear.
Pir Mohammad Mollazehi- Expert on Afghanistan