Mapping Contours of Reconciliation and Peace Process in Afghanistan: Policy Options for Pakistan

Journal of Peace, Development and Communication, vol. 04, no. 01, 2020, pp. 1–22, https://doi.org/10.36968/JPDC-V04-I01-01

22 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2020

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Muhammad Nadeem Mirza

School of Politics and International Relations, Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad

Hussain Abbas

Islamia University Bahawalpur

Ummul Baneen

Foundation University Islamabad

Date Written: June 30, 2020

Abstract

Afghan war has long been considered as a strategic failure, as the US could neither bring an end to the violence, nor ensure complete territorial control. Deteriorating security situation has also endangered stability of the adjoining states. With the failure of military means to resolve Afghan crisis, the need for a political solution gained momentum resulting in the US-Taliban agreement in early 2020. This study traces out why, despite various rounds of talks and initiatives of reconciliation and peace process, the successful stability could not be achieved in Afghanistan. The study concluded that all the stake-holders continued to pursue unrealistic objectives, resulting in failure of the previous efforts of peace talks.

Keywords: Afghanistan, Pakistan, United States, Reconciliation, Peace, Taliban, National Interest, Terrorism, Conflict Resolution, Conflict Management, Conflict Analysis, Civil War, Counter-Insurgency

Suggested Citation

Mirza, Muhammad Nadeem and Abbas, Hussain and Baneen, Ummul, Mapping Contours of Reconciliation and Peace Process in Afghanistan: Policy Options for Pakistan (June 30, 2020). Journal of Peace, Development and Communication, vol. 04, no. 01, 2020, pp. 1–22, https://doi.org/10.36968/JPDC-V04-I01-01, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3702854 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3702854

Muhammad Nadeem Mirza (Contact Author)

School of Politics and International Relations, Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad ( email )

Islamabad, 45320
Pakistan

Hussain Abbas

Islamia University Bahawalpur ( email )

bahawalpur, punjab 63100
Pakistan

Ummul Baneen

Foundation University Islamabad

FUCLAS, 1. New Lalazar
Rawalpindi
Rawalpindi, punjab 46000
Pakistan

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