Intra-Afghan-Peace Talks (II): Pakistan and the puzzle over the future of foreign military presence in Afghanistan

SADF Comment, No. 201, South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF), Brussels, Belgium. DOI: 10.48251/SADF.ISSN.2406-5617.C201

Posted: 12 Oct 2021

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Siegfried O. Wolf

South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF)

Date Written: January 26, 2021

Abstract

The Afghanistan imbroglio, particularly the remaining 2,500 foreign troops on its soil, will confront new U.S. President Joe Biden with early decisions ‘that will define the contours of the war’s next chapter and determine the legacy of the American-led invasion’. He inherits not only a ‘nascent, fragile peace process’ but also a controversial ‘peace agreement’ with the Taliban struck by the former Trump administration in February 2020. This agreement initiated not only the launch of peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government but also committed the US - and subsequently the NATO as well - to a total withdrawal of forces by May 1, 2021. In exchange, the United States received security assurances and counterterrorism guarantees, including the cut of ties with Al-Qaeda and other international terror groups.

Keywords: US, ANDSF, Afghan Peace Negotiation, Afghanistan, Counter-insurgency, Counter-terrorism, Doha process, Foreign Military Presence, GIROA, Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, ISI, Intra-Afghan-Peace Talks, Iran, Mission Extension, RSM, NATO, Pakistan, Taliban, Withdrawal

JEL Classification: N85, F55, F63, F64, F66, F68, H50, H56, H60, H70, F50, H10, H11, H70, N40, N45, I28, J18, J68

Suggested Citation

Wolf, Siegfried O., Intra-Afghan-Peace Talks (II): Pakistan and the puzzle over the future of foreign military presence in Afghanistan (January 26, 2021). SADF Comment, No. 201, South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF), Brussels, Belgium. DOI: 10.48251/SADF.ISSN.2406-5617.C201 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3941170

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