Following the preliminary election results coupled with the US decision to withdraw its troop from Afghanistan, the country remains in a political turmoil. This part of the article assesses whether the subsequent events in war-torn Afghanistan will result in a broader peace process and what it would mean for its citizens. It also explores the role of major stakeholders involved while recommending measures vital for making any progress towards peace.
Afghan Poll Results: A Hurdle or Stepping Stone to Peace
Afghanistan from the past four decades has experienced a pull from all directions both internally and externally by a myriad of state and non-state actors, seeking to yield their respective interests. The country, which is about to wind up the longest war in its history, is at the brink of enormous uncertainty where the road to peace seems harder than war. Currently, confronted with the pressing and persistent impasse between three complex political issues: the elections, peace negotiations and security operations against the Taliban, the Afghan government is struggling to lead, own and control the intra-Afghan peace process. So far, the peace dialogues held by major powers including Russia, China, the US and even Pakistan have developed into undermining the involvement of the Afghan government through buck-passing. The active players in the region are seeking geostrategic opportunities and deterring threats by conducting peace talks amidst the New Great Game.
Mehar is Research Intern at CPPR-Centre for Strategic Studies. Views expressed by the author is personal and need not reflect or represent the views of Centre for Public Policy Research