US Pushes New Direction for Peace Process in Afghanistan

Ghani rules out US call for interim government

Saying that they believe the intra-Afghan talks have stagnated, the US has proposed a radical change to the current state of affairs, whereby they would hold a grand conference and take control of the efforts.

Secretary of State Tony Blinken outlined the plan for an accelerated series of negotiations, aimed at a lasting ceasefire and settlement. This is expected to include forming an interim government and preparing for free elections to install a new government.

The Taliban is a bit wary, mostly on the US not having committed to finishing the pullout it committed to. The Ghani government is furious, because President Ghani has repeatedly ruled out giving the Taliban any power in an interim government and is now looking to portray the US as undermining Afghan democracy, such as it is.

This could indeed shake things up, and it’s likely necessary for the US to try to commit to getting peace back on track, as it was Biden’s early reticence, and excuse-making about backing out of the pullout, that stalled it in the first place.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.