The Withdrawal of the Foreign Troops from Afghanistan in 2014, Peace Negotiations and the Role of Pakistan



The withdrawal of US and NATO combat troops from Afghanistan is a settled matter and already under way. However, while this fait accompli has been welcomed by many, especially by the governments and publics of troop contributing nations, a growing sense of uneasiness and uncertainty about the future stability and developments in Afghanistan is taking root. The role of the Taliban and their willingness to re-enter the political process lie at the heart of Afghan, regional and international concerns about the security and stability of the region. Under the auspices of the US government, the Doha talks are meant to open a dialogue between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Due to the complexity and entanglement of the regional security situation, it is argued that the importance of Pakistan for successful negotiations and solutions has to be realized.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.South Asia InstituteHeidelberg UniversityHeidelbergGermany

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