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What Do the Afghan Peace Talks in Moscow Mean?

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PRIO, 12 February 2019

Kristian Haprviken, a specialist for south/central Asian regional relations at PRIO Oslo, looks at Russian intentions with regards to Afghanistan. He warns that one should not view Russia’s involvement “as having purely evil intent.” And further:

One view is that the political capital Russia is now building in Afghanistan could be exploited to gain international acceptance of a Russian Crimea.

Despite all of this, Russia’s Afghan initiative has not encountered protests from Washington. Russia is recognized as a global player. This is bad news for the Afghan president, who is left sitting on the sidelines. Even so, this may be good for Afghanistan in the longer term. One thing is certain: at negotiating tables where Afghanistan is at stake we are now seeing a new and different world order being played out.