Afghanistan

National Public Radio (NPR) quoted CIC's Barnett Rubin in a piece about the negotiations between Afghan officials and the Taliban expected to begin this week.

"They want to indicate that they still have the capacity to fight if their demands are not met," Rubin said. "And they have the additional incentive that President Ghani said that he will refuse to release the prisoners before the talks start. So escalating militarily is a way of trying to put pressure on him to soften his position."

Mar 06, 2020
Afghanistan
Afghanistan

CIC's Barnett Rubin appeared on this week's episode of the Council on Foreign Relations podcast The President's Inbox to discuss the future of the US presence in Afghanistan.

Rubin told podcast host James M. Lindsay that "the United States needs to stay engaged in a positive way, with the political actors, as they meet in these negotiations. Because both sides, in particular the side we have been supporting, will have to make some tough decisions."

Feb 25, 2020
Barnett Rubin
Afghanistan
Afghanistan

Afghanistan-Pakistan Regional Project director Barnett Rubin authored a commentary for War on the Rocks reflecting on past efforts at peace negotiations in Afghanistan.

Feb 26, 2020
Barnett Rubin
Afghanistan
Afghanistan

In an op-ed for The Washington Post, Afghanistan-Pakistan Research Project director Barnett Rubin evaluates the truce agreement between the United States and the Taliban.

"This agreement can start a process that is the best chance to end Afghanistan’s 40-year war," Rubin argues. "If both sides keep their word, they will sign the agreement in Doha, as the U.S. and Afghan governments jointly declare support for the process. The United States will reaffirm that it recognizes only that government as the country’s legitimate sovereign."

Feb 17, 2020
Barnett Rubin
Afghanistan
Afghanistan

In this op-ed for TOLOnews, CIC Research Associate Said Sabir Ibrahimi argues that Pakistan has a crucial role to play in US-Afghanistan peace negotiations. 

"India’s presence in Afghanistan has triggered the feeling of encirclement for Pakistan but Kabul and Delhi have been cautious and have not entered greater security cooperation," he writes. "Undoubtedly, internal political dynamics are key to the success of peacemaking efforts in Afghanistan but the role of neighbors, in particular Pakistan’s policy toward the country, remains equally crucial." 

Dec 06, 2019
Said Sabir Ibrahimi
Afghanistan
Afghanistan

CIC Research Associate Said Sabir Ibrahimi was quoted in El Periódico about the peace negotiations with Taliban in Afghanistan.

"The Taliban never accepted a ceasefire," Ibrahimi said. "If an agreement had been signed in Doha, we would not know what would have happened between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Really ending the war would have needed much more. There has been no dialogue between the different Afghan factions. "

Sep 27, 2019
Afghanistan
Afghanistan

Afghanistan-Pakistan Regional Project director Barnett Rubin appeared on the PBS NewsHour to discuss the US-Taliban truce agreement.

"This is the most serious attempt so far, because the U.S. and Taliban are actually going to sign an agreement which has a road map to a fuller agreement, including negotiations among Afghans," Rubin said. "So this is the first time that I can say we're really starting a peace process."

Feb 21, 2020
Barnett Rubin
Afghanistan
Afghanistan

Barnett Rubin, Associate Director of CIC's Afghanistan Pakistan Regional Project, spoke with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty about about President Trump's decision regarding peace negotiations with the Taliban.

Read the full article on RFE/RL's Ghandara site here.

Sep 10, 2019
Afghanistan
Afghanistan, Pakistan
CIC, Barnett Rubin, Arria-Formula, Afghanistan

At the most recent Arria-formula meeting on Afghanistan on November 27, 2017, Barnett Rubin spoke on the importance of regional approaches in fostering development and peace. In his talk, Partners for Afghanistan: Linking Security, Development and Peace in the Central Asian Region.

Nov 28, 2017
Barnett Rubin

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