Afghanistan’s Kabul Process Conference II was like an umbrella that brings together peace endeavors under its canopy to discuss and share ways to pave the for the Afghan peace process. This year the government of Ashraf Ghani revealed the government’s peace proposal the Taliban, the insurgents’ group who has repeatedly rejected direct talks with the Afghan government.
Prior to the commencement of the Kabul Process Conference II, President Ghani consulted with Jihadi leaders and other political figures, and listened to their viewpoints. The meetings indicated that President Ghani is in the quest of a putting both the established and ‘unestablished’ political elite of Afghanistan on the same page when it comes to negotiations with the Taliban. The major aim of the Kabul Process was to create and merge the multiple relevant peace processes into one coherent platform to establish talks with Taliban.
There might be many mechanisms for achieving a durable peace, but the Kabul Process was a stage for the Afghan government to utilize the opportunity and propose its own type of conflict resolution with Taliban. In addition, it was considered as a viable platform for the Afghan government to establish a regional consensus regarding the war against terrorism in Afghanistan.
The Kabul Peace Process also gives the Afghan government a chance to expose regional countries that are overtly and covertly supporting Taliban militarily, logistically and financially. In a nutshell, a comprehensive peace agenda is to be laid out at the end of the international gathering. The fight against terrorism is also part of this conference’s agenda. The Kabul Process Conference II can be either a milestone or mirage for the Afghan government.
On the heels of the Kabul Process Conference II, the Taliban called for direct talks with the United States. With that call, the Taliban depreciate the main logic of Kabul Process from scratch. Even though the conference serves as a platform for President Ashraf Ghani to boost his peace and war agenda, if not utilized properly, it can backfire and turn to a monotonous and relentless endeavor.
Nassir Ahmad Tarakai is a researcher and writer on regional politics. He is based in Kabul.