Taliban Us Agreement

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The agreement between the United States and the Taliban and the joint statement of the Afghan government of the United States do not contain any provision that leaves civil society organizations a space to participate meaningfully in discussions about the future of the country. This could have an impact on the involvement of intra-Afghanistan negotiations and on the ability of the negotiations to address the concerns of the wider population. The second path to a failure of an agreement involves a situation in which internal peace talks begin, but either negotiations are suspended or the implementation of an interim agreement faces serious problems. I followed the progress of the agreement between the United States and the Taliban in my capacity as director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. My analysis has just concluded that the implementation of the Trump administration agreement has stalled. The annexes to the agreement between the United States and the Taliban, which has never been published, should limit the fighting. According to a well-placed source, the Taliban were allowed to continue their operations in rural areas, but not in major cities. For more information on the initial agreements, see CFR`s Backgrounder, “U.S.-Taliban Peace Deal: What to Know” and watch CFR`s timeline, “The U.S. War in Afghanistan.” In a variation of this contingency, the Afghan government and the Taliban could reach a fragile interim agreement, but one or both sides would not implement part of the agreement.

This situation could put the United States in a precarious position. It should decide whether it should continue to withdraw its forces because the parties have reached an agreement or whether it must stop the withdrawal until a solution is found. After lengthy negotiations, the agreement between the United States and the Taliban and the joint declaration of the Afghan U.S. government were signed in February 2020. These agreements were seen as necessary and important first steps for intra-Afghan negotiations – and thus to achieve peace in Afghanistan – but they do not guarantee that intra-Afghan negotiations will be successful. The United States has reached an agreement with the Taliban, but considerable challenges remain, such as political power-sharing, the role of Islam and women`s rights in achieving intra-Afghan peace. Despite such problems, a peace agreement preventing Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for international terrorism would allow the United States to withdraw its troops and reduce its security and development assistance, which exceeded $800 billion between 2001 and 2019. An agreement is particularly desirable, as the United States focuses on competition with China and Russia and the United States is addressing the budgetary pressure exerted by the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

A peaceful solution to the ongoing war in Afghanistan may be within reach. In February 2020, the United States reached an agreement with the Taliban and also signed a declaration with the Afghan government to promote the launch of an internal peace process in Afghanistan. Many challenges still stand in the way of the success of these negotiations and, therefore, at the end of the longest war in the United States. The Center for Preventive Action (CPA) has gathered these resources on the prospects for peace in Afghanistan, including the context of recently signed agreements, key challenges and concerns related to the implementation of the agreements, and the role of powerful regional actors and their influence.

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