From Feint to Strategy: Revealing the Taliban’s Rationale in Joining the Peace Talks

Wolf, Siegfried O.

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Abstract

On October 18, senior members of the Afghan Taliban claimed that some rounds of informal secret peace talks between their militant organisation and the Afghan government took place in September and earlier this month in Doha, Qatar. Since 2013 the Jihadists are running a political-diplomatic office in the Gulf state, ‘officially legitimised’ by the movement leadership and by the blessings of Washington. Describing itself as a liaison office (for the reestablishment) of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the ‘political’ Taliban representation is rather an additional reason for conflict then a contribution for a peaceful settlement. Nevertheless, the Doha office of the Jihadists hosted already similar peace negotiations in the past.

Document type: Working paper
Publisher: SADF - South Asia Democratic Forum
Place of Publication: Brussels
Date: 2016
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 4 April 2017
Number of Pages: 5
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: Political science
Controlled Subjects: Afghanistan, USA, Taliban, Frieden
Uncontrolled Keywords: Afghanistan, Taliban, USA, Verhandlungen / Afghanistan, Taliban, US, Negotiations
Subject (classification): Politics
Countries/Regions: other countries
Series: Themen > SADF Comment
Volume: 44
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