After more than 18 years of conflict, the United States and the Taliban signed an agreement on February 29, 2020 that paved the way for a U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. In the months since, the Afghan government has been preparing for intra-Afghan negotiations with the Taliban following a contentious election and continued spates of violence in the country. The future of Afghanistan will depend primarily on these two key milestones: the withdrawal of U.S. troops and the outcome of negotiations between Afghan government and Taliban representatives.
In this series, SAV contributors from Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, and the United States weigh in on regional perspectives of Afghanistan’s future. Contributors discuss key trends that regional actors and the United States are watching for in the months and years ahead, the role each actor may play in the intra-Afghan negotiating process, and their stake in Afghanistan’s future stability and governance.