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With Final Prisoner Release, Afghanistan Takes a Giant Step Toward PeaceThe Diplomat, August 11, 2020

Hopes For Cease-fire After The Doha Intra-Afghan Dialogue, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, July 1, 2019

Where the Afghan Peace Process is Going?, The Geopolitics, July 12, 2019

Peace in Afghanistan Requires Pakistan, The New Delhi Times, July 4, 2019

What 9/11 Means to Me, Rise to Peace, 11 September 2018

Cure For A Chronic Disease, Asian Affairs, September 2018 

The Afghan peace talks: Feasible, or futile?, Washington Examiner, 26 August 2018 

Afghanistan: A Game of Thrones, The Diplomat, 24 July 2018

The 40-year Afghan War and the Everlasting Hope for Peace, Rise to Peace, 28 April 2018 

Special Report on Child Terrorists and Violent Extremism in Afghanistan,Rise to Peace, 25 April 2018

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Ahmad Mohibi

With Final Prisoner Release, Afghanistan Takes a Giant Step Toward Peace

Originally published at The Diplomat At long last, the Afghan government and the Taliban are ready to start their long-delayed peace...

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With Final Prisoner Release, Afghanistan Takes a Giant Step Toward Peace

Ahmad Mohibi

Trump Called Off Negotiations with Taliban: What’s Next?

Ahmad Mohibi's news analysis on Afghanistan's TOLOnews in regards to the 9/11 anniversary that marks the 18 years of US...

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Trump Called Off Negotiations with Taliban: What’s Next?

Ahmad Mohibi

My Reflections on 9/11 Memorial

On September 11th, 2001, I was a twelve-year-old boy listening to news reports echo through a radio hung on a...

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My Reflections on 9/11 Memorial

Ahmad Mohibi

Assassination of top commanders paves the way for Taliban to advance

Famous Afghan commander killed in Northern Afghanistan Hours into September 1st, a mine detonated and killed General Nazir Mohammad Niazi...

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Assassination of top commanders paves the way for Taliban to advance

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What in the World Is Going On in Afghanistan?

The Afghan Peace Talks on the Eve of Their Presidential Election Mullah Khairullah Khaikhwah, a senior member of the Taliban,...

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What in the World Is Going On in Afghanistan?

Ahmad Mohibi

Hopes For Cease-fire After The Doha Intra-Afghan Dialogue

Originally published at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty  An unprecedented meeting between the Taliban, Afghan officials, and delegates from various political...

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Hopes For Cease-fire After The Doha Intra-Afghan Dialogue

Ahmad Mohibi

Exclusive interview with Khalid Noor on Doha peace conference

Amid a series of peace talks over the last months, Taliban and Afghan representatives gathered in Doha and agreed on...

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Exclusive interview with Khalid Noor on Doha peace conference

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Where the Afghan Peace Process Is Going?

https://thegeopolitics.com/where-the-afghan-peace-process-is-going/ Ahmad Mohibi is the founder of Rise to Peace. Follow him on Twitter at @ahmadsmohibi

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Where the Afghan Peace Process Is Going?

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Peace in Afghanistan requires Pakistan

Originally published at New Delhi Times On June 22nd, the Center for Peace Research (LCPR) and the South Asian Strategic...

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Peace in Afghanistan requires Pakistan

Ahmad Mohibi

Winning Peace in Afghanistan Requires Pakistan

On June 22nd, the Center for Peace Research (LCPR) and the South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI) in Pakistan hosted...

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Winning Peace in Afghanistan Requires Pakistan

Ahmad Mohibi

Can the Taliban Balance Their Wants with Lasting Peace?

On May 28th, the Taliban’s co-founder and head of its political office, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, attended events commemorating 100...

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Can the Taliban Balance Their Wants with Lasting Peace?

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Can John Walker Lindh “American Taliban” Be De-radicalized?

The United States Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP) is set to release the “American Taliban”, John Walker Lindh, after serving...

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Can John Walker Lindh “American Taliban” Be De-radicalized?

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What Afghanistan Needs to Move Forward: National Unity

Afghanistan’s hero, General Abdul Raziq, was killed just days before the parliamentary elections, leaving a wide power vacuum in the...

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What Afghanistan Needs to Move Forward: National Unity

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CURE FOR A CHRONIC DISEASE

Originally published at Asian Affairs Magazine  Ahmad Mohibi offers a prognosis for peace in a nation sick from prolonged conflict and...

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CURE FOR A CHRONIC DISEASE

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The Afghan peace talks: Feasible, or futile?

Originally published at Washington Examiner Last week, the Taliban carried out a series of deadly attacks throughout Afghanistan, leaving over...

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The Afghan peace talks: Feasible, or futile?

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Afghanistan: A Game of Thrones

Originally published at The Diplomat Magazine The vice president of Afghanistan, General Abdul Rashid Dostum, returned to Afghanistan on Sunday...

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Afghanistan: A Game of Thrones

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US-Taliban Peace Talks: An Opportunity For Peace?

The United States is planning to lead direct talks with the Taliban in an effort to end the 17 years...

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US-Taliban Peace Talks: An Opportunity For Peace?

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Ahmad Mohibi discusses US’s direct talks with the Taliban on TOLOnews

After the New York Times reported that the White House ordered diplomats to hold direct talks with the Taliban, Rise...

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The 40-year Afghan War and the Everlasting Hope for Peace

Today marks the 40-year anniversary of the Afghan civil war. A country at war for four decades, Afghans continue to...

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The 40-year Afghan War and the Everlasting Hope for Peace

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  • What’s Next for the United States in Afghanistan? September 21, 2020
    On September 12, a day after the 19th anniversary of 9/11, talks between the Taliban and Afghan government began in Doha, Qatar. The historic talks mark the first time that the two parties have engaged in direct conversations with each other in hopes of ending forty years of war in […] The post What’s Next […]
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  • How Will the Intra-Afghan Talks Influence Inclusivity in Afghanistan? September 20, 2020
    On September 12, representatives from the Afghan government together with Taliban members gathered in Doha, Qatar for intra-Afghan peace talks. These talks were expected to begin in March but were delayed due to a disagreement over a prisoner exchange. At this point in time, it is impossible to say what […] The post How Will […]
    Rise to Peace
  • This 9/11 Anniversary Brings Afghan War to the Forefront September 11, 2020
    9/11 is undoubtedly a tragic and disturbing act of terrorism on US soil, but it acted as a wake-up call for American policymakers at the same time. It is a logical conclusion that the horrible events of that day would not have happened had the US not walked away from […] The post This 9/11 […]
    Ahmad Mohibi
  • Intra-Afghan Talks: What Does Pakistan Want? August 24, 2020
    Among the prevalent foreign actors involved in Afghanistan’s peace process, few have as a large of stake as Pakistan. The ascension of General Zia Ul-Haq, who served as Pakistan’s President from 1978-1988, was followed by an assertive foreign policy that sought to protect, and enlarge, Pakistan’s interests in Afghanistan. Long-standing […] The post Intra-Afghan Talks: […]
    Arman Sidhu
  • Small Steps Towards Reconciliation Matter: Lessons from Croatia August 21, 2020
    Reconciliation is often lauded as a key objective of any discussions intent on ending conflict, but it often remains elusive decades after the conclusion of decisive battles. Hesitancy to overcome hurdles that impede reconciliation are rooted in the fact that traumatic experiences typical of war are experienced differently according to […] The post Small Steps […]
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  • Reforming Afghanistan’s Higher Education Institutions August 11, 2020
    Among the institutions most affected by Afghanistan’s incessant conflict over the past four decades, few have endured as much damage as the country’s educational system. Throughout King Zahir Shah’s 40-year reign and the subsequent Communist governments that ruled Afghanistan after him, the country’s higher education system was lauded for the […] The post Reforming Afghanistan’s […]
    Arman Sidhu
  • With Final Prisoner Release, Afghanistan Takes a Giant Step Toward Peace August 10, 2020
    Originally published at The Diplomat At long last, the Afghan government and the Taliban are ready to start their long-delayed peace talks. The Afghan Loya Jirga (grand assembly) approved the release of 400 Taliban prisoners on Sunday, and President Ashraf Ghani endorsed the decision. This hopefully paves the way for the intra-Afghan talks […] The post With Final […]
    Ahmad Mohibi
  • Personal Reflections on the Tragedy in Beirut August 7, 2020
    Editor’s Note: Rise to Peace Research Fellow Cameron Hoffman has a close connection with Beirut, Lebanon. He spoke with some of his friends that experienced the August 4th blast and they offered their candid insights. When placed into the context of political and state security, the explosion took on more […] The post Personal Reflections […]
    Cameron Hoffman
  • Remittances: Reverberations for Conflict-Ridden Regions July 28, 2020
    Since the start of the 21st century, the world economy’s reliance on remittances has risen sharply as globalization enabled growth that created favorable incentives for migration through several emerging markets. Remittances, which refer to transfer payments made by foreign workers to their families back home, have benefitted both the likes […] The post Remittances: Reverberations […]
    Arman Sidhu
  • Civil Society Organizations as a Possible Structure for Recovery in Lebanon July 23, 2020
    Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Lebanon experienced massive protests calling for a new government in response to declining economic opportunities amongst other issues. While lockdown measures have put these protests on pause, the core grievances remain. Its survival hinges on the ability of the government to address its citizens’ concerns. However, […] The post Civil Society […]
    Cameron Hoffman