Talks between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban were due in March 2020, a month after the US signed a deal with the Taliban to end the United States’ longest war. Though this process is yet to begin, several events have transpired during the past few months, paving the way for direct talks between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban. The latest took place this month at a grand assembly called "Loya Jirga" convened in Kabul to recommend the release of 400 Taliban prisoners – all of whom had committed major atrocities. The difficult decision taken by the Loya Jirga and the government of Afghanistan to release the prisoners was highly appreciated by Afghanistan's international partners and NATO allies who are renewing their commitment for a unified, sovereign, and democr...
Since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001, considerable international attention has been directed towards Afghanistan. Key instruments in support of the new government in Afghanistan and its people have been military operations through the United States of America (US), the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF), The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and international development cooperation. The strategies and approaches of the international community have shifted over time, but international development has remained one of the foundations in promoting security, combating terrorism, reducing poverty, promoting democracy and state-building, and fostering gender equality. The war after 2001 in Afghanistan refers to the intervention of the North Atlantic Tr...
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