By Naser Sidiqee, General Director of Policies and Programs at the State Ministry for Peace
Ever since the US President, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr announced his decision to “end America’s longest war” in Afghanistan, by withdrawing all US troops before the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, observers and former and current officials around the globe have expressed both skepticism as well as see it as an opportunity for achieving lasting peace.
While the skeptics highlight the fact that post-US and NATO withdrawal, Afghanistan will have no one to depend on to keep fighting the
Internally displaced girls at a mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2020. Mohammad Ismail/Reuters
This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog series on women's leadership in peacebuilding and non-violent movements, in which CFR fellows, scholars, and practitioners highlight new security strategies. This post was authored by Habiba Sarabi, a member of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan negotiations team engaged in peace talks with the Taliban.
On May 8, the Taliban detonated a car bomb at a Kabul girls’ school, murdering or wounding more than two hundred people. Most of the