16 Jun '18, 4pm

Can the Afghan Cease-fire Pave the Way for Peace?

The Government of Afghanistan on June 7 offered a unilateral, week-long cease-fire to the Taliban beginning June 12, in observance of the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Of course, a cease-fire is not a peace agreement, but it can lead to one. A successful cease-fire is first a humanitarian win because lives are saved during the lull in fighting. For this cease-fire — the first major cease-fire since the war began in 2001 — to become a political win, the parties should develop next steps on a path to negotiate their grievances rather than fight each other. While far from putting in place a viable peace process, this cease-fire marks a turning point that should not be squandered. The Taliban’s acceptance of the cease-fire comes as a surprise since both sides seem prepared to continue fighting and there has been so little progress on the peace process. Yet, over the past y...

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