Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Opposition, Skepticism Cloud New U.S. Proposal For Afghan Peace

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Gandhara (RFE/RL), 8 March 2021

Author Abubakr Siddique quotes from Thomas Ruttig’s analysis at AAN of the new US peace plan (incl. a new international ‘Bonn-style’ conference):

Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, an independent think tank in Kabul, noted that the proposed plan prioritizes U.S. interests and timelines even more than the original deal last year.

“Even if the Taliban agreed to a ‘Bonn 2 formula,’ this would leave the causes of conflict unaddressed,” he wrote. “It would hand the implementation of an agreement to parties who so far and to varying degrees have not been willing to seriously negotiate with each other or share power.”