Afghanistan: Towards a peace deal?

How optimistic are you about achieving a (comprehensive) peace plan for Afghanistan and what are the biggest obstacles you see?  Read few comments.

Slovak soldiers in Afghanistan. Credit: Andrej Matisak

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Afghanistan: Momentum for peace talks?

Do you think that ISIS activities in Afghanistan may somehow lead to some peace efforts as e. g. this article in The Guardian suggest as ISIS is probably perceived by everybody as enemy? In general, do you see some indications, some change of attitude of any side involved in Afghan conflict that may potentially lead to some realistic peace talks? Read few comments.

Slovak soldiers in Afghanistan. Credit: Andrej Matisak

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President Trump wants to win in Afghanistan. But what is victory?

President Donald Trump vows fight to win in Afghanistan. But in your opinion, at this stage what would be a victory in Afghanistan, and victory or whom for the West, for Afghans? Read few comments.

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Does Afghanistan need more foreign troops?

US commander in Afghanistan General John Nicholson was talking about stalemate in Afghanistan, about the need for few thousands more troops. There are still more than 13 000 NATO soldiers, including 8 400 US troops, deployed to Afghanistan. Mainly in the framework of training mission Resolute Support.

General John Nicholson (Commander Resolute Support) with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Credit:

General John Nicholson (Commander Resolute Support) with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Credit: http://www.nato.int

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13 years in Afghanistan: What have we learned?

The U.S.-NATO led coalition in Afghanistan formally ended its combat mission. The West have spent 13 years in Afghanistan and the military operation continues, in different format though. We are hardly witnessing celebratory fanfares from politicians about the achieved victory. But would you say we have learned any lesson? Is it something the West should base its next presence in Afghanistan and what should we reject and maybe completely forget about?

Slovak soldiers in Afghanistan. Credit: Andrej Matisak

Slovak soldiers in Afghanistan. Credit: Andrej Matisak

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Will new political uncertainty in Afghanistan affect post-2014 mission?

According to preliminary results Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani won the election with 56.44 percent of the vote. But his rival Abdullah Abdullah rejected the results.

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What’s next for post-2014 Afghanistan

After it was announced that Slovak soldier was killed in Afghanistan Slovak FM Miroslav Lajcak said that Slovakia wanna stay in Afg and will stay also after 2014. But on the other hand NY Times reports  the U.S. considers faster pullout in Afghanistan perhaps even zero option after 2014. It is still a speculation, but what would be your prediction on post 2014 operation of NATO in Afg and what kind of debate between allies do you expect on this? Read few comments.

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